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    Smile Cleaning

    How often do you clean your sewing room? Mine has hardwood floors and underneath the cutting table it gets dust bunnies quickly. We converted our den that has built in shelves into my sewing room, so I have plenty of shelf space but the room is small, maybe 8x8. I'm starting to pile up a bunch of stuff under the table that are too big for the shelves. I see threads on the floor and just would rather sew than clean! lol

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    I sew in my living room, so when company is due I have to put everything away and fold up my sewing unit. That is, unless it's a quilter or other crafter who would be nonjudgmental and not mind sitting in a mess. I love order, but when I quilt, there is stuff all over. Now and then, it's nice to clean up and start over again.

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    I clean when I clean the rest of the house. I pick up everyday and keep neat. I can not stand to work in a mess.

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    My sewing room is above our detached garage, so I am usually the only person out there. I pick up after every project to keep things tidy and vacuum when the threads start to bug me or my husband has tracked mud up there while he is on a candy search. A couple of times a year, I pull everything that is moveable out and clean under them. Otherwise, if I can't see it, I don't worry about it.

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    My mom always says, "a messy room is the sign of a creative mind." I'm going with it
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    My sewing room is also my guest room, so it gets cleaned properly when I know I have guests coming to stay. Otherwise, I try to straighten up between projects and vacuum when the threads start to bug me. I do have carpeting, so I keep a little sweeper cleaner handy for quick thread cleanup. Why waste time cleaning when you can be sewing!

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    I moved my sewing machine and table to the master bedroom while my MIL was staying in the guest bedroom/sewing room for a month. I've left it there for a few more weeks because she may need to come back and stay while she recovers from another surgery. I like the light in my bedroom, but the thread on the floor is driving me crazy, so I end up vacuuming several times a week. I don't have my organizational drawers nearby either, just a table top. My usual organizing routine for placing notions, presser feet, and pieces of my project feels out of sync. I waste valuable sewing time finding where I laid something down on that table! I'm trying to finish some summer clothing before I can reward myself with quilting time, so I don't like to waste minutes of my sewing time. I'll be glad when I can reassemble my ironing table and put my sewing cabinet and machine back in the guest bedroom.
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    I vacuum the sewing room once a week in my regular house cleaning circuit. I dust all my tables first to get all the threads and fuzz onto to the floor to vacuum. My "stuff" I straighten after each project. I do NOT major clean my sewing room. I'm still looking for stuff since making that mistake last year.

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    I got a swiffer vac. I can clean my hardwood floors in a minute or two. Love that thing. It even picks up small scraps.

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    I clean when I cant find my sewing machine anymore..

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    I have house cleaners that come every 2 weeks to do my major cleaning, but they DO NOT touch my sewing room. I clean it up after each project so I can get my mind into the next one. I have a Bissell 3 in 1 stick vac that I can't live without. I have raved about this little thing on other treads, it is only about $15 at Walmart.

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    I pick up after every project, putting away the leftovers, cutting up scraps and then vac. If I have a lot of threads on carpet (due to prologed ripping with Mr. Ripper), then I use one of the sponges that you buy to pick up pet hair. Then I vac and dust. I finished a quilt top last night. So that's what I am doing next.

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    I tidy up after I finish for the day in mine and clean it thoroughly every 2 weeks, I do not work well in clutter plus I have to share the room with my grandson's play area for his video games so I try to keep my mess under control.
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    I try to sweep the floor every time I use the room esp. if I have a lot of threads all over the floor. I figure it's not good for my pets to get those thread strings in their gut if they put in their mouth and swallow. Then it could be a big problem for them.

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    Although my sewing room is small I can still have my sewing table in two different places. So in the winter its against an inner wall with my back to the window, and in the summer its against the window wall so I can look out at our plants and the birds. Of course I like the summer spot the best!

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    I take several days to clean when I am done with time crunch projects. Right now I am trying to get six quilt ready for our quilt show next Saturday, and when they are done, I will take a few days to strighten and vac the quilting area. My area is my basement, two rooms, one for sewing and the other has my long arm.

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    I do a quick clean up after each project, but that means I just put away all the fabric in no particular order and get out what I need for the next project. What I need to do is a thorough cleaning and sort through/organize my fabric again. My sewing studio is large and is also what seems to be the main entrance into our home - NO ONE uses the front door. Things (like sleeping bags from our last camping trip and boxes that need to be recycled, etc.) get stored in the room "temporarily" and it drives me nuts! When I am tempted to whine and complain too much, I tell myself how lucky I am to have all this space and just go with the flow.
    Keep smiling and laugh a lot...it makes our burdens lighter.

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    I try to clean after I finish a project.

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    Are you supposed to clean it?

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    I like that you have a very smart Mom God Bless happy quilting

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    I need some of you as my neighbors, The ones who clean not to often or unless company is coming !!-- J

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    My BIL who is a veterinarian has warmed me about letting threads get on the floor (especially long ones) as our sweet fur babies can ingest them and it does terrible things to their intestines. Also, threads can wrap around the backs of their tongues. I now wipe the floor after every sewing session.

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    I bought the mint it is a little robotic cleaner that you put a swifter pad on and it cleans up all the thread and dust bunnies every day!! Best think I bought, I hate wasting timewhen I can play
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    Dust bunnies are there to keep you company while you sew.
    Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    I clean when I cant find my sewing machine anymore..
    Me too!!!

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