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Thread: Ready to cry over my quilting clutter!

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    I actually enjoy organizing. I watch those cleaning shows on TV, and I just want to get in there and fix it all up for them. Not the nasty hoarder type ones, but the ones where people just have too much stuff.

    I have actually done it for a lady a few times, and it was very fun.

    I mostly use the same method that I see on Clean House. I have always cleaned this way. What I do is clear an area. You then need some boxes or soda flats or bins, whatever. You also need a trash bin. And a charity or sell bin, or maybe both. I then pick a side of the room and start sorting. I work my way around the room.

    After I get to the place where there is not a bunch left the bins and boxes need to go out of the room. That way you can finish cleaning. Scrub, vacuum, even paint if you want. But remember you also need to clean out all the furniture in the room. All the drawers and shelves have to be cleared.

    After that is done you need to decide where you want stuff to go. That is really the fun part. Bring in the sewing machines if that is the kind of room you are doing and then arrange the stuff so that it makes sense to you. I would not worry about getting the fabric folded and sorted till you are done with most everything else. That job is time consuming and will distract you from doing the other stuff you need to do.

    If you are working in a small room and don't have a place to set out the sorting bins then I would just have bins for stuff, and a bin for garbage. Maybe a bin for stuff to get rid of, that is not trash. And move the bins out of the room as they are filled so they are out of your way. The rest of my procedure is the same. Just that you will be sorting your stuff into a clean room.

    Hopefully, once this is done you will never have to do a full unload and reload type cleaning again. We just did this whole routine to my husbands shop. It was a disater with boxes of stuff all over. Anytime he wanted to do a project he had to go buy new stuff, even though he knew he already had it. I found some nice cabinets at a yard sale a month or so ago and we wanted to get them installed. So we got all eight of them in and everything back in place. I was amazed at how many things we found in there. We used a lot of plastic shoe boxes and small bins to store stuff in. So now he has an area with all his wood working stuff and another area with his automotive tools and that sort of stuff. And another area with a table and cabinets for his gun and bow stuff. Oh and a project, UFO) area. He loves it, but I told him he had best keep it nice.

    I also seldom do things in small time slots like was suggested. When I get started I hate to stop. I know I should, but when I am on a roll, and in the mood I have to get it done.

    My little sewing room is far from as organized and neat as I would like it at the moment. But we are moving it all to a larger room soon. First we are redoing the floors and painting, so I am looking forward to doing that. Not the floors and painting, but the getting everything reorganized.

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    Hec yesssssssssss I am overwelmed allllllll the time! Go at it when you are really in the mood to clean and take one corner at a time. then move on to the next or organize one thing at a time. don't try and do it all at one time. you would be surprized once you remove the stress of dealing with the whole room it will go quickly wellllllllll maybe not quickly but much faster.

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    I feel the same way. I've seriously thought of giving up quilting and finding something that doesn't include stashes of fabric and tons of notions and rulers. I lost my quilting foot yesterday in a matter of an hour. I put it down and then looked for another hour to finally find it in the pin box. My husband it NOT sympathetic. He says I have NO organization skills!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjnicholson
    I started reading a book on organizing and the author suggested to start at the door and take the closest think to you and put that away or separate it from the rest. But only work for 45 min and then take a break. Then go to where you left off and continue from where you left off. That's as far as I got in the book! :roll: It was just too darned organized, know what I mean? LOL
    I tried this. I only ended up with more piles in other rooms. It seems my room blossomed like liquid foam insulation. I don't know what the answer is, but I manage to get to my machine and get some things done. Occasionally I just carry the machine to the dining table and work there for a while.

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    This sounds just like me. Last weekend I rearranged everything in my sewing area. Found it does better for me, but still if I don't clear out what I've been working on right then, well.................. you know, it just keeps adding up. And yes, I DID sit down and cry for just a bit over all this mess, but I LOVE my sewing.

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    There are fairies in our area that come in at night and hide the sicssors and tape measures. The other day, I found their stash on the bottom shelf of the main sales counter cupboard. Whooda thought?

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    A few years ago, I got to a point where I could not find fabric and patterns that I was sure I had in my stash. It was very disorganized. I asked 3 of my quilting friends to help me one afternoon. I bribed them with chocolate, wine and snacks. We sorted fabric, sipped wine, and snacked and chatted all afternoon. When we were finished. I had a pretty organized stash and we all had a good time. It was a huge help and I could not have made a dent in the project by myself.

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    :oops: That was me too,then I had it one day and the 8-) went off I dumped everything in the center of the floor. WAR. went to Lowe's and bought a dozen wall brackets they are about 2.00 and screwed those baby's to the wall--studs in the wall just in case my man dared to enter the forbidden -zone. still not Right-- there goes the :idea: again,back out to the store again BUT this time the DOLLAR TREE,I bought 50 or so of those laundry baskets and filled them with all of my fabric -by colors put them full on the shelves I put up. went for a cup of coffee came back and just sat down and admired my work.then off to my real sewing room I have a Quilting Barn. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: you can do it !

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    Also have to have morning energy to tackle the big jobs.

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    my sewing room goes from pickup'd to disaster in about a nanosecond. When it really gets to bothering me, I stop and spend one time period and straighten things out. A couple of things I have started to do that has helped the disaster period. Each of my sewing stations (I have 4) has a pin cushion, a ripper taped to the machine, a pair of nips or small scissors to the right of the machine. My cutting table has a small cigar box with my cutting scissors in it, my 8x24 in ruler on top of the cutting table. All other rulers hang on wall rack unless specifically needed for the project. My general sewing notions are in a fishing tackle box from Walmart. It moves with me. Thimbles, needles, glue sticks etc are in it and I keep it with me and closed unless I need something out of it. When the piles of fabric get to me, I sit down turn the TV on and fold fabric and put it up by stacks. I do have a door to close off my sewing room when I really don't want to face the problem. I just do the best I can. I am still waiting for the good fairey to come and take care of mess, but after 60 years I guess she isn't going to make it to my house.

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    I have a daughter in Highland Ranch who is an organized person, she comes home and helps me throw out "stuff, " she can bag it up faster than I can make a decision....later I hardly miss it! But she makes me cry at the time! Sounds like you need her or someone
    Ike her!

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    I have a possible idea. Maybe ask some of your very organized quilting friends for some tips on how they keep their areas under control. In my case, I don't care! :)

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    I too discovered those 9 X 13 plastic basket at DolGen. It takes only 30 or so to sort out my fabric but then again, I've been very poor for over a year.

    My woodworking brother looked around at my mess and said, "I need to get a hobby like yours that doesn't take up so much room." thud

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    Most everything has already b een said so here's some encouragement. Tune out your mother's voice, maybe calmly tell her that this is your house and your mess and you're working towards taming it. Flylady is a good site and workable program. check it out sometime. your sewing mess didn't happen in a day -it won't get solved in a day. YOU CAN DO IT!!! (i'm in the same boat so I'm preaching to the choir) i wish we lived closer, I'd come help. keep at it and let us know how it's going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grugirl
    What is it that you use to wrap your fabric on Misty? I have seen those High Dollar wrapping boards but would rather spend my money on fabric. Anybody else using anything different for wrapping their fabric?
    The boards are my sister's doing. She owned a graphic sign business, so those are coroplast boards used to make signs. I didn't pay a penny over what the wholesale price of the boards were, so all that (at least four hundred of them) cost me about $100.00. That was money well spent. It was time-consuming, but well worth it. I have a bunch of boards for my one yard cuts, but I haven't gotten to those yet. Right now, many of those cuts are stacked up neatly on a shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PattyH
    I feel the same way. I've seriously thought of giving up quilting and finding something that doesn't include stashes of fabric and tons of notions and rulers. I lost my quilting foot yesterday in a matter of an hour. I put it down and then looked for another hour to finally find it in the pin box. My husband it NOT sympathetic. He says I have NO organization skills!
    I understand!
    I bought a new foot for my machine... left the store with it...never to see it again. (I think it might still be in my mini-van somewhere!) I cannot justify spending another $20.00 on that same foot... so I just do without.

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    This is going to sound like "Tough Love" .... but after you have organized your sewing areas, then is the overlying rule:

    DO NOT BUY ANYMORE --- no more fabrics, no more gadgets and no more big machines (the embroidery machine). Do not add any more 'things' to your recently cleaned-up clutter.. Use up the inventory of fabrics, see it dwindle and you'll be happier and less stressed. As it dwindles, do not replace it with more fabric. Keep it dwindling and dwindling. Do not even accept free donations of fabrics... Do not buy fabrics, even if it is on sale.... there will always be more sales.

    Right now, you have enough stuff and fabric stashes and do not need to add to it. If your hubby is deployed, then he probably wants/needs you to maintain the home front... I realize that you have a full plate right now, but adding more to that plate will not help you in any way.

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    No, I get it. My mom says the same thing... not to buy more when I already have so much.

    BTW - With the exception of one or two areas, the rest of my house is clean and relatively clutter free. Keeping up on the rest of the house means that my sewing area suffers. That is my problem. I focus on the rest of the house, since it involves more than me, and let the sewing areas slide.

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    my husband hung some peg boards up the other day in my sewing room and suggested I might want to organize a little. I was amazed when I did. I had a lot of repeat items because I had forgot that I had them and couldn't find them. So I know where you are coming from. A little organization is a good thing but you need somehng to inspire you to get started and space to do it in. good luck to you

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    Take ten minutes at a time. I have 2 daughters with the same problem and it gets so overwhelming that you just do not know what to do so you do nothing. The key is to do something each day even if it is only 1o minuts. Do not put yourself down for only doing that little bit but praise yourself for doing something. It will all get done just takes time. My one daughter did it this way and a few days worked several hours and got a lot accompished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill
    If my sewing room gets messy, it drives me crazy and I won't do anything until I get it cleaned up again. At the end of every day I put things where they belong so that I don't walk into a mess the next day. When I set up my room I took everything that I used and separated them according to categories: rulers with rulers, pins with pins, etc. Then I bought a few vinyl drawers and the things I saved I put in drawers according to category. Everything I use is in this room, I don't have it scattered throughout the house. If I had extras I decided whether I'd keep it or donate it to a quilting friend, Goodwill, etc. I think the most important thing for me is the straightening the room at the end of the day. Surely wish I could help you get it cleaned and organized!
    I agree and I wish I could help too. I separate everything in tubs, plastic bins, drawers, etc. and label everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MistyMarie
    Does anyone else get that overwhelmed feeling about their quilting spaces? (Or lack of it?) Am I the only one who loses their notions and what-nots in a clutter?
    Yes to the first question. No to the second. I have plenty of space but it's so messy I don't like to be in the room sometimes. Sometimes I think what we need are "clutter-buster partners". We'll work at your house one day and my house the next!

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    I was overwhelmed just like you at one time. Then I decided to get it organized. It took me over a week. I ironed fabric, sorted, made cardboard to hold my fabric on the bookshelves. I sorted squares by size, fat quarters by colors, notions and got rid of things I knew I would never use. I bought plastic shoe boxes with lids to hold everything and labeled them by color or theme with painters tape. Now about every month, I just have to pick up some things and put them back where they belong. I know where I am on all my UFO's and I actually have completed 2 of them. Once you get through the initial shock, you will feel so good. It was worth all the time and work I spent. Good luck.

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    Queen Deb is a perfect example of quilters. Ready to help a "sister" in a heartbeat. So sweet of her to offer to go help organize your room. I love quilters and this board!

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    I have been in this mess too, so I took the summer to reorganize. My GD and I sew together so I took the guest room and made a sewing room. The room is small, but organization has helped control the fabrics, sewing tools, etc. Now I am trying very hard to put things back in their place when I am finished with a project. There is still more organization that can be done and am working on that a little at a time. It does help

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