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Thread: Great Reasons (aka Excuses?) "not" to Clean-Up-Tidy-Up Our Sewing Areas ....

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    Great Reasons (aka Excuses?) "not" to Clean-Up-Tidy-Up Our Sewing Areas ....

    The flip side to the thread about how often we clean our sewing areas, would be ....

    "Great Reasons (aka Excuses?) "not" to Clean-Up-Tidy-Up Our Sewing Areas ...."


    Start listing them ladies and gents!! ....
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    My #1 would be ... if I get some time, I want to be productive, not spend it cleaning!
    All to prove that I can find better things to do .....


    My not-so-good #2 reason ... no one sees my sewing area.
    I purposely put it on the lower level, so that I could walk out and not worry about things jumping off the table, or getting out of order, and such.
    Yes, it's out-of-sight-out-of-mind for me ... and visitors!
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    Every time I clean things up I cannot find anything.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesspug View Post
    Every time I clean things up I cannot find anything.
    ..... besides why put it away when you know you will need it again ........... someday!
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    You know, these two threads had me thinking back to when we listed our house. The place had to stay tidy all the time because we never knew when there could be a viewing. I made a point of tidying my sewing room every evening and I don't think I was ever lessproductive. It seemed like I didn't want to bring anything out because I'd just have to spend time putting it away again.

    Maybe I thrive on clutter--yep that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!
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    When I tidy, I throw things away and then I invariably end up needing whatever it was within the week.

    Watson

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    You guys are taking all my excuses...

    How about....I sew into the late hours and need a nap the next day!
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    My excuse - I want to make quilts - not have a clean sewing room. Room has a door if need be I can close it.
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    I would rather look for future projects online or work on one that's in progress than spend time cleaning, because I know I will only mess the room up again.

    You guys crack me up!
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    Tidy???(note of panic here....)
    I didn't know a sewing area/room was obligated to be tidy!!!! I don't think I could have gotten so absorbed in quilting if I knew I'd have to be tidy!!! LOL
    A husband is the perfect confidant to tell your secrets to - he can't reveal them to anyone else because he wasn't really listening when you told him!

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    The only reason I don’t clean is, I forget where I put things. I put a piece of material away in a safe place. I wanted to use it for my mug rugs....guess what....it is so safe I can’t find it. I had to use other fabric, sigh.

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    *giggles*
    Oh so many of these are my other #s ...3, 4, 5 ......... ad infinitum!

    After all we all have more important things to do than c-l-e-a-n--u-p!
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    When I clean my sewing room I can't find anything.
    When I don't clean my sewing room I can't find anything.
    I have a big problem

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    It doesn't matter when/if I clean up my sewing room, the minute I start a project, it looks like a tornado went through it, so why bother? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoellie View Post
    It doesn't matter when/if I clean up my sewing room, the minute I start a project, it looks like a tornado went through it, so why bother? LOL
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    I finally have to realize I have a mild form of ADHD - while I was growing up I had to have at least 2 things happening at once. My mother always said I was a true Gemini. Sewing is the same way - I have at least 2 projects going at once, usually 3 or 4. And if they are all put away then them may never get finished. (Out of sight - out of mind).

    My friend and I meet up for a quilting retreat in Las Vegas - just the 2 of us. We bring projects to work on, we have a the-share unit and we are there 5 -6 days, and never put anything away. It's a lot of fun.

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    Excuses

    1. Itís just my room. No one else in the family needs to be in there or wants to be, so they donít care. Itís an upstairs bedroom only used by house guests maybe once a year.

    2. I donít have any pets going in there who might get hurt on sharp objects.

    3. When I tidy it, i am immediately either wanting to jump into a new project and mess it all up again, or stand at the doorway admiring the clear surfaces. I snap photos to prove to myself that surfaces exist, then bedlam ensues as soon as I start the next quilt.

    4. I havenít found any lint in my lung x-rays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    I finally have to realize I have a mild form of ADHD - while I was growing up I had to have at least 2 things happening at once. My mother always said I was a true Gemini. Sewing is the same way - I have at least 2 projects going at once, usually 3 or 4. And if they are all put away then them may never get finished. (Out of sight - out of mind).

    My friend and I meet up for a quilting retreat in Las Vegas - just the 2 of us. We bring projects to work on, we have a the-share unit and we are there 5 -6 days, and never put anything away. It's a lot of fun.
    I truly think I do, too! It was always held at bay because I had 4 kids and live on a dairy farm (for the past 47 years)....certain things demanded my attention every day...not just during the week (milking cows is a 7 day a week job). Now that I just do bookwork and not chores time is more flexible. Right now have binding almost finished on one quilt...need to square up a second, have a little one to fold over the edge to finish, one most of the block made and a leader ender project going on. Oh and then there's the quilt at the machine downstairs...I think you understand quiltingcandy!

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    I'm enjoying all your thoughts on this subject. I don't have any excuses, my whole house (excluding the kitchen) is my craft room so I just do what I want.

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    I'm writing these excuses down so they'll be handy when I need them.

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    When I catch myself 'tidying' I realise that I am really avoiding some difficult quilting/sewing that I should really be doing! The same procrastination happened when I was at work and now with gardening, if I have tidy sheds and greenhouses, I know that I am putting something off.

    However, if the tidying is grabbing all the scraps and cutting into the sizes I save, I can cut myself some slack.

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    Rasons for not cleaning up? I believe that is why God created doors. I have a door on my sewing room and why meticulously clean up only to pull it all out again when you can ...... close the door! Blessings on you tidy folks but mildly organized is all "I" need. Besides, I will back to this project in an hour, later today, tomorrow or...... You all understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    When I clean my sewing room I can't find anything.
    When I don't clean my sewing room I can't find anything.
    I have a big problem
    Amen to that!

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    No excuses here. I readily admit I am out of control. I do clean occasionally and find things I totally forgot I had and that adds to my confusion. Living alone makes it easy to have several sewing places and there is no one to tell me to get this mess cleaned up!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    When I clean my sewing room I can't find anything.
    When I don't clean my sewing room I can't find anything.
    I have a big problem
    I'm right there with you!

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