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Thread: Is your sewing area 'inviting'?

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    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.

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    My sewing room says "turn around and leave right now". BUT...after getting rid of three months os sales on stash and such I am looking forward to it saying "come on in and pull up a chair and sew". This is a great, fun post.

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    I always feel less stress on any project (being that I am not always positive I can do something right) when my sewing area is organized.

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    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......

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    I need to do that! Mine is a mess but somehow my cats never have a problem getting cozy or ready for anything!! :D

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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......
    My sentiments exactly!!!

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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......
    I'm with you sister :lol: ;-) :thumbup:

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    I love organization. I pick up before leaving my sewing room for the day. That way I get to start in a neat sewing room the next day.

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    What sewing room? lol.. I do have a room but its packed with my art supplies = I'm forced to my dinning room table and tossing my china out of the hutch just for sewing space lol...(pause)...oh and even that room looks like a sewing room disaster..but hey, I bought a tool box to use as a huge sewing kit/organizer...I'm almost sure it will now look like a pristine Isle at Joanne fabrics lol

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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......
    Me too! if it's clean I can't work. My sewing room always feels inviting to me no matter how messy it gets.

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    Oh, I thought you meant is it inviting to others! LOL Mine says "stay out! this is Mom's space!"

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    Always inviting!! Not very tidy! Only very small but lots of stuff in there!! Just had a trip to Ikea and have seen a table and some storage bins so have come home to take some measurements to see if I can fit things in!! Watch this space!!

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    Always inviting!! Not very tidy! Only very small but lots of stuff in there!! Just had a trip to Ikea and have seen a table and some storage bins so have come home to take some measurements to see if I can fit things in!! Watch this space!!

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    I love organization. I pick up before leaving my sewing room for the day. That way I get to start in a neat sewing room the next day.
    I am the same way! Organized chaos I can handle, but I can't stand "stuff" all over!

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    I try to pick up after every project. I hate searching for things that I know I just put down. I am sure most people would not say my room is clean. I just have too much stuff crammed into this little room. I have plans to make it better but it takes time and money and a trip to Ikea for another cubby thing.

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    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

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    For awhile, I had the Amityville sewing room. I would staart to go in it, and it would say "GET OUT!" in a low hissing voice! A few times, I just backed out, closed the door, and thought , another day. So last week, I took some chocolate & holy water up there, and exercised the demons from the room.I have gone in there a few times since, just to touch the fabric, and come up with a few ideas of what I want to do next!

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    Mine is totally open to the rest of the living/kitchen/dining areas so I always have it orderly, not to mention that I just like it orderly too. It calms me to have an area that I'm in total control of so everything is in it's place.

    Right now I have a project I just cut out laid all over the table. Hope I get time today to mess with it some, otherwise the rest of my time is spoken for until at least this time next week.

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    I am somewhat organized? I try to keep things in place. I always start a new project with a clean room. I like things neat but if I spend all my time organizing and keeping neat then I lose valuable time quilting. Take a little time to organize and don’t let everything get piled up to the point that you can’t see the light for all the mess. Enjoy your space…your time your creative corner your .Whatever kind of room or space that you sew in should be your little piece of heaven…and don’t worry about if it’s a mess… one thing for sure if its still messy when you leave this world it will just become someone else’s mess ha-ha

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    Growing up we had a "living room" always neat ready for any company that might come. Single mother rasing a child in small apartments I utilized all space but kept that living room. Now retired I said no more and moved my sewing room to the largest room - the living room! Any visitors are more than welcome to see my projects and accept the mess. Or head to the kitchen.

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    When we became empty nesters, I rejoiced that I would actually get my own sewing room. But before I could organize it, every stray piece of "stuff" was loaded into it by my DH who was "just straightening up." Then he would complain about the living room, which had become my quilting room, since there wasn't anywhere to sit (except at my machine) because every surface was covered with fabric, tools, etc.

    Well, we just did some painting and cleaned out the garage and had 12' of shelves built -- 4 shelves x 12' = 48' of shelf space. So this weekend, we are emptying all the "stuff" out of what will become my sewing room. And I'm having 12' of shelves built in there. Then we will arrange my sewing tables and cutting table, then slowly move everything back in. That will give me the opportunity to sort fabrics, tools, etc., and decide what to keep and what to give away. everything will have a "home" and hopefully, I'll be able to keep it straightened up with just a little effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    For awhile, I had the Amityville sewing room. I would staart to go in it, and it would say "GET OUT!" in a low hissing voice! A few times, I just backed out, closed the door, and thought , another day. So last week, I took some chocolate & holy water up there, and exercised the demons from the room.I have gone in there a few times since, just to touch the fabric, and come up with a few ideas of what I want to do next!
    ROFL....now thats one messed up room

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    Well, we just did some painting and cleaned out the garage and had 12' of shelves built -- 4 shelves x 12' = 48' of shelf space. So this weekend, we are emptying all the "stuff" out of what will become my sewing room. And I'm having 12' of shelves built in there. Then we will arrange my sewing tables and cutting table, then slowly move everything back in. That will give me the opportunity to sort fabrics, tools, etc., and decide what to keep and what to give away. everything will have a "home" and hopefully, I'll be able to keep it straightened up with just a little effort.
    That sounds like a wonderful PROJECT to work on. Post pictures when you can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    For awhile, I had the Amityville sewing room. I would staart to go in it, and it would say "GET OUT!" in a low hissing voice! A few times, I just backed out, closed the door, and thought , another day. So last week, I took some chocolate & holy water up there, and exercised the demons from the room.I have gone in there a few times since, just to touch the fabric, and come up with a few ideas of what I want to do next!
    Chocolate and Holy Water for the demons - I love it!!!

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