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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneTx
    Mine is in my bedroom but I do try to keep it tidy. I'm a little OCD when it comes to clutter, can't stand it. That's why when I see the show Hoarders, I can't understand how it gets that way.

    Suzanne
    My DH has a best friend who is a hoarder, so is his wife! They always invite us for dinner when we are in town, so we just learned to buy them dinner as we are leaving Portland. Works for us. They called the other day to tell us they painted the house, I said "Inside?!" no, just the outside. I walked in once, that was enough. Until I met them, I thought I was a slob. No wonder my DH tells people I am a neat-freak!

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    Great question.

    My sewing area is always a mess and I've used that as an excuse for not wanting to sew. BUT recently, I don't know why exactly, I don't care if my room is a mess, I want to create, make quilts and make more quilts and finish my UFOs. I don't think I've felt this passionate about quilting, ever.

    I just hope that this passionate 'madness' continues for a long long time!

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I organized my room, now I can't find a darn thing and I don't feel comfortable in it.
    So, I started a small project, pulling things out and "messing up" a little and I'm right back at home. Guess I love chaos......
    Ah - a kindred spirit. I like to leave my stuff out so that I can continue where I left off, None of this boring packing up every time so that you can't get started or show any progression. It is not dirty or a mess it is merely a work in progress, and others can be tolerant of it - just as you have to be of their "foibles",

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    You've all heard of "man caves" for guys. Well, mine is a ladies room. I feel so comfortable there. I love the colors, everything is just where I can find it, no one else bothers me, I have a TV and music, laundry is the other side of the room, so I can be busy with tasks, plus handy for my sewing stuff. It's truly my room. I have a soft carpet for my feet (I hate hard wood for sewing!) and a little vacuum for threads. Wonderful shelves, and often a kitty to supervise me! It's VERY inviting!

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    My husband is away for a few weeks. My sewing area (the dining room) has managed to spread itself over 3 rooms.

    I am trying to get organized. Washed and dried all my fabrics, Ironed the ones I plan to use 'soon', and have packed most of the others into see through drawers (which are laying on the dining room floor, waiting to be placed back in the plastic dresser), or a scrap bag. Also started a scrap quilt - figured as long as I was finding the scraps, I might as well put them to good use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    OK, I just had to share these great little words of wisdom from Singer on this post: Sewing Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual. Maybe it will make you smile too...

    Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.

    Think about what you are going to do.

    Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically.

    Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

    Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.

    When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

    Put on a clean dress.

    When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible.

    Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.

    Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on.

    If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: That's a hoot!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I recently cleaned my sewing room and it literally paralyzed me once I stepped into the room. Couldn't do a thing in there. NOW, I am back to the chaos. Got 7 projects going simoultaneously and happy as a lark. Anyone else "enter at your own risk!" That doesn't deter honey - he has his chair in the corner and he hangs out there watching tv or reading. Me, I would be scared of the avalanche of stuff looming at the edge of the table. Brave man! lol

    My husbands garage is like that - a fearsome, enter at your own risk (and it is risky!) kind of place. I stepped into the garage one night and a bunch of crap fell off its perch and hit his precious car. He heard the crap fall and yelled to me, "What did you do to my car???"

    I was so "touched" by his concern, that I said, "I'm fine, thanks for asking."

    Then I told him that I "moved the air" and his 'stuff' fell off whatever he had carefully balanced it on.

    Of course, he apologized for his misplaced concern - but restored the 'stuff' to its former perch. Some people just don't learn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyvv
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I recently cleaned my sewing room and it literally paralyzed me once I stepped into the room. Couldn't do a thing in there. NOW, I am back to the chaos. Got 7 projects going simoultaneously and happy as a lark. Anyone else "enter at your own risk!" That doesn't deter honey - he has his chair in the corner and he hangs out there watching tv or reading. Me, I would be scared of the avalanche of stuff looming at the edge of the table. Brave man! lol

    My husbands garage is like that - a fearsome, enter at your own risk (and it is risky!) kind of place. I stepped into the garage one night and a bunch of crap fell off its perch and hit his precious car. He heard the crap fall and yelled to me, "What did you do to my car???"

    I was so "touched" by his concern, that I said, "I'm fine, thanks for asking."

    Then I told him that I "moved the air" and his 'stuff' fell off whatever he had carefully balanced it on.

    Of course, he apologized for his misplaced concern - but restored the 'stuff' to its former perch. Some people just don't learn...
    Jeeze, my husband has a garage just like that. I am the neat freak and he is the hoarder!!!

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    I don't have a sewing room, but a sewing "area"; basically half the basement.
    The amount of clutter is somewhat relative to the amount of my stress. I like things tidy, but if I start a project, then have other things start to get in the way, my stress level increases and so does the clutter. A good visual, but not necessarily one I can always fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    OK, I just had to share these great little words of wisdom from Singer on this post: Sewing Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual. Maybe it will make you smile too...

    Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.

    Think about what you are going to do.

    Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically.

    Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

    Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.

    When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

    Put on a clean dress.

    When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible.

    Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.

    Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on.

    If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: That's a hoot!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Good grief!!! Did women actually follow these kinds of rules? Who the heck did Mr. Singer think he was making this stuff up!!?
    Hey fellow quilters, aeren't we lucky we are the strong women of today?!!!

    :mrgreen:

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    For once my sewing area is a mess. I have too much on my cutting table, quite a few pieces that need ironed, etc. Oh well, schoolwork is more important.
    DH and I are trying to come up with storage ideas that are nice but inexpensive. I would love that kitchen island from IKEA, but not gonna happen anytime soon.

    DS and a friend are coming Christmas, so need to also clear the area for beds. Ugh, wish I had a guest room.

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    The sign on my sewing room says "This is a work in progress - a genius works here - if you can't stand the mess, stay out of the room"

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    I can not work with a mess, it is to frustrating and I will walk out. I have to have organization in my sewing area. I'm that way about my kitchen as well so these two rooms are the neatest ones in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I organized my room, now I can't find a darn thing and I don't feel comfortable in it.
    So, I started a small project, pulling things out and "messing up" a little and I'm right back at home. Guess I love chaos......
    Exactly lol

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    gYea my quilting room is kind of saying take a folding table and quilt downstairs for now.

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    ah HA!!!! So that's why I haven't felt like going in there! Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees.

    Looks like I'll be doing a little (hahaha - ALOT!!!) of cleanup before I sew again.

    I N V I T I N G ... that's the key word!

    Thanks. Thanks for the heads up!

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    My room is pretty organized but kinda of a mess at the same time. I've always got scraps and pieces all over my floor. So I guess you would say it's inviting but messy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    The other night I noticed my sewing area was a disaster zone with STUFF laying allll over the place.
    (I'd been busy in it lately :) ;-) )
    It didn't 'invite' me to sit and relax and work on any sewy/quilty thing :shock: :shock:

    So I TIDIED UP my sewing area for a couple of hours. I went from here to there and put things where they belonged.
    Emptied the trash. Combined 2 boxes of like fabric into 1 larger box. Cleared off my horizontal surfaces.
    Even sorted out my threads into like color groups (blues, whites, blacks, etc). You know that type of clean up.

    Last night I felt 'invited' to start a project in this cleaned up sewing area where everything was in the place it belonged.
    I had clean, open horizontal surfaces where I could spread out the new project and not lose any of it.
    It was SOOOO NICE!!!! It was SOOOOO ENJOYABLE to work in the area.

    Just thought I'd pass that on in case you don't feel 'invited' into your own sewing area.
    You and I must be kindred spirits! I work on projects for a while, and then my sewing studio (my new word for my sewing room) just gets too messy for me to stand it. Then I'll take the time to get everything super organized and in its place, and I am SO motivated to work in it. I think I do better quality workmanship on my quilts even, when my workspace is tidy and organized. Does that make sense????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChubbyBunny
    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    OK, I just had to share these great little words of wisdom from Singer on this post: Sewing Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual. Maybe it will make you smile too...

    Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.

    Think about what you are going to do.

    Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically.

    Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

    Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.

    When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

    Put on a clean dress.

    When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible.

    Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.

    Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on.

    If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: That's a hoot!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    What?! No white gloves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuckninepatch
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinghere
    The other night I noticed my sewing area was a disaster zone with STUFF laying allll over the place.
    (I'd been busy in it lately :) ;-) )
    It didn't 'invite' me to sit and relax and work on any sewy/quilty thing :shock: :shock:

    So I TIDIED UP my sewing area for a couple of hours. I went from here to there and put things where they belonged.
    Emptied the trash. Combined 2 boxes of like fabric into 1 larger box. Cleared off my horizontal surfaces.
    Even sorted out my threads into like color groups (blues, whites, blacks, etc). You know that type of clean up.

    Last night I felt 'invited' to start a project in this cleaned up sewing area where everything was in the place it belonged.
    I had clean, open horizontal surfaces where I could spread out the new project and not lose any of it.
    It was SOOOO NICE!!!! It was SOOOOO ENJOYABLE to work in the area.

    Just thought I'd pass that on in case you don't feel 'invited' into your own sewing area.
    You and I must be kindred spirits! I work on projects for a while, and then my sewing studio (my new word for my sewing room) just gets too messy for me to stand it. Then I'll take the time to get everything super organized and in its place, and I am SO motivated to work in it. I think I do better quality workmanship on my quilts even, when my workspace is tidy and organized. Does that make sense????
    It makes crystal clear sense!!!!!

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    INviting I don't think so. it is very messy >But I think my problem with not wanting to go in there is I feel like im in a tiny dark dungon. i get lonesome done ther all by myself :)

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    Such a good reminder! Because my sewing room is so tiny, and I have so much sewing/quilting supplies and equipment, it gets messed up very easily. After every several projects I try to organize and regroup before starting on another one. Not major cleaning, but just putting up the spools of thread, folding fabric, putting away patterns etc; kind of like wiping the table before you serve the next meal. There is no danger of it ever looking too organized though because of the limited space and the amount of stuff. It will forever have that lived in look:-)

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    I am always welcome in my sewing room. Of course, there may not be room for visitors, and the pups, and then I tidy up and get right back at it. The clutter is something that says I am accomplishing an art

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    I have that Singer Sewing Machine Book and every once in a while I pull it out and wonder what Mr. Singer would have thought about me sewing in my pjs or my robe all day or all night?

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    My sewing space is never perfect, mainly due to size...small for sure. It's the other chaos I can't stand.When bed is made, dishes done & bathrm clean....then I can sew. :-)

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