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Thread: This has been my sewing room for over 20 years

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    This has been my sewing room for over 20 years

    I have been sewing, quilting, and collecting fabrics and supplies for a long time. The carpet was bad enough to need replacing at least 5 years ago, but I have put it off because I was afraid to tackle the horrid job of getting everything out of this room. I finally realized it was never going to get done if I didn't just get in there and get started. So I did! In the last week my husband has taken a truck load of "junk" and a truckload of "donate" items to the dump and the local DI. I found stuff that I had brought with me when we moved here, 20 years ago, and have still never used. They had to go! This room is way to small to be keeping all that stuff, and I was really having a hard time finding things. There just wasn't enough room to organize everything.
    Wish I had taken a picture before I started, but I didn't. Here is a picture of my "sewing room" now, all ready to have the new flooring put it - tomorrow! I looked and looked and finally decided on a vinyl floor. It looks like wood, but is completely waterproof and very easy to care for. You can't believe how many pins I found in the carpet. I have gone over it many times already, and am still finding pins. I am going to have to warn the floor installer that there may still be pins in the carpet, so he doesn't get hurt.
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    OK - this is the good new - I finally have it all cleaned out and ready to install the new floor.
    Here is the bad news:
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    This is our "guest room". I moved everything in here except for the furniture that is being stored in the garage right now. Sure hope we don't have any guests for awhile. . . . . .
    I can see now that the biggest part of this job is going to be organizing and putting all this stuff back into my sewing room. Do you all have any great ideas? Anybody willing to come and help me? I am already exhausted, and I still have so much to do.
    It's OK though - I know I am going to love it when, and if, I get it all done.

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    so worth the effort and inconvenience!
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    Utilize fully your vertical wall space. I find the tall 6 foot shelved cupboards with doors from Canadian Tire excellent. I have my stash in one and store rolls of batt on top.

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    I have 4 tall cupboards, 2 of them have 2 large drawers on the bottom. I am hoping I will have enough room to get all my stuff in them. I will definitely use the tops of them, too. Thanks.
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    Utilize fully your vertical wall space. I find the tall 6 foot shelved cupboards with doors from Canadian Tire excellent. I have my stash in one and store rolls of batt on top.

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    I will come help you if you will come help me! I started this process 3 months ago and have so much to do it is kind of a daunting task. So now I have two disastrous rooms instead of just the one needing organizing. My friend said she would come help but then nothing. So it may take longer than I thought initially but I will get there in the end. You will too! Good luck can't wait to see the finished room!
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    Wishing you the best of luck! I love the Iris shoe boxes for storing fabric. They stack nicely on the shelf and you can see what's in them. Longer lengths of fabric I fold in half lengthwise and roll them up on a 5" ruler. They fit perfectly I the shoe boxes.

    It looks like you have a great space to work with. DH put shelving in our spare bedroom closets which hold some of my overflow craft items … like batting, etc. Get busy, but just tackle one step at a time so it doesn't feel overwhelming.

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    I was going to suggest you part with 50% of what you had in that room, but it sounds like you already have done that. (you will be so happy). Now it is like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. We are here to cheer you on. Before you put back, do you need to paint the walls? They look fine to me, but it will never be easier than right now with the room empty and you can drip on the rug before it is ripped up......just a thought.....

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    That's awesome. A hard thing to do but you're doing it!! I find that when I hang on to things too long I find myself asking the question "what's the point?" If I get rid of something I never use and then need it I'll buy another one. So far that has never happened.
    I'm really happy for you!

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    Oh what fun you are going to have getting your new room all set up. Going to be wonderful!

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    Thanks Jane - I am in the process of painting right now. You are so right - there has never been a better time. Actually, I am in the middle of cleaning up my painting mess. The painting only took a little while.

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    It will be a lot of work but you will enjoy your room a lot. I never even had a room til we moved here but we have a basement with shelves and I don't have a stash, so my room, even though it is a small bedroom, is just lovely - to me. Send us a picture when you get it all organized!!
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    Can't wait to see the end result.

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    I can't wait until you see the end result either. Hopefully it won't be a long time. Then I am wondering though - how do I find this thread when I am ready to post a "done" picture?

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    Can't wait to see the end result.

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    Wish I lived closer, I'd love to help. Organizing in my middle name! :-)
    Good luck and be sure to post a picture of the room once it's finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliea9967 View Post
    I can't wait until you see the end result either. Hopefully it won't be a long time. Then I am wondering though - how do I find this thread when I am ready to post a "done" picture?
    One way to find the thread is to go to the top of the page and click on My Profile. This will take you to threads you have started or those that you have left comments on.

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    Thanks so much for letting me know Suren3. A couple of people have asked me to post a picture when I am through, and I just didn't know how to do that. I hope I get to post one soon!


    Quote Originally Posted by suern3 View Post
    One way to find the thread is to go to the top of the page and click on My Profile. This will take you to threads you have started or those that you have left comments on.

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    How exciting to get new flooring and it will be lots of fun to put things back in an orderly manner so you can really enjoy your room and know where everything is. Good luck and enjoy.

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    Congrats on making progress!

    Can you post the room size, windows and doors? Is there a separate closet area in the room? If you post a few more pics of the other walls, you will get lots of help.

    I suggest ruler folding all fabric so it is all the same width. Easy to store and see the different colors or pieces. Plan the work stations according to how you want to sew. Do you need a large iron station or want a small place to i**ron too?

    Do you have multiple machines to set up? What furniture is going back in the room?

    If you are buying storage boxes, buy a few extra.

    Have fun organizing. It is a favorite task for me.

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    Wow! I am jealous! We need to replace our carpet but doing that is worse than moving. We had the interior of the house painted several years ago and that was daunting. And then everything was placed in the center of the rooms. My parents did replace carpet in one room because it did not flow into the other rooms. It overwhelmed them that they decided since they didn't entertain much anymore not do the large from room.

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    Hi Rhonda,
    The room is 11" x 14". It does have a half closet, but I have turned that into my desk and computer area.
    I was completely happy with the sewing set up I had in my original room. It worked well for me, so I am going to set that part back up just like it was. I have 4 large cupboards that I used for storage before, but it really wasn't sorted out that well. That is where I can do a lot of organizing I think. I sort of have it planned, but we'll see how it works when I start putting everything back together. I have decided that I will try the ruler folding for the fabric, but I am not sure how that is going to work because I buy all sizes and sorts of fabric. For my quilts I usually buy larger amounts of fabric and I think it will work great for that. For my cloth dolls I buy 1/4 yards mostly, and that includes cottons, & fleece. For my hooded towels I use store bought towels and vinyl. So, I have a large variety of different size/types of fabrics. We'll see how that works. I don't have room for an ironing station, but my laundry room is only 2 rooms away, and I have always used that. It helps me get some exercise.
    When I am doing hooded towels and have my embroidery machine all set up, I do use my little Janome sewing machine to close up the hood and sew the towels together. I currently just set that up on my cutting table and probably will continue to do that because I really am limited on space. My machine cabinet is long enough that I can set my serger on the end of it, but I don't use it very often, so I store it underneath the cabinet most of the time.
    I really am excited about having everything back together and stored so I know exactly where to go when I need something. It will be wonderful, I hope!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    Congrats on making progress!

    Can you post the room size, windows and doors? Is there a separate closet area in the room? If you post a few more pics of the other walls, you will get lots of help.

    I suggest ruler folding all fabric so it is all the same width. Easy to store and see the different colors or pieces. Plan the work stations according to how you want to sew. Do you need a large iron station or want a small place to i**ron too?

    Do you have multiple machines to set up? What furniture is going back in the room?

    If you are buying storage boxes, buy a few extra.

    Have fun organizing. It is a favorite task for me.

    (ETA: ** added to prevent links to the word. I didn't put any links in the post.)

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    Your room is going to be wonderful! We have vinyl floors that look like wood in all but the LR and love the ease of cleaning it. Plus pin pick up is easy peasy!
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    Good for you to finally jump in and get it done...you will be so happy when you can sit back down at your machine in a lovely freshly painted room. You are going to love the vinyl plank flooring...that’s what I went with in my room. It cleans up so easily. I’ve never been to Indiana...
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    One of my sources of inspiration is the show "Hoarders, Buried Alive" on TV. I can look at someone else's situation and translate it to mine. These poor people have some of the same hang-ups that I do....Will I ever have a chance to finish it, use it, need it???? Now I'm asking myself ....will I need it in this lifetime?

    I always start with the scene of a woman who could not throw away a used and dirty band-aid. Finally, the assistant talked her into putting the band-aid in the trash, allowing her to feel the emotion and experience and then repeating that for another item.

    After watching a show like that, I am more at ease to release an item.

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    I'm envious. The part of our house that my sewing room is located is over 100 years old or more, out of square, and my husband says the floors would have nails popping up if not for the carpet that is in there now. I really want to tear the 35 year old carpet out and put new flooring down. He says no way in h--l. Sad face inserted here.

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    You will so enjoy your vinyl flooring. Easy to maintain for sure. We moved in February from a big farmhouse where I had the whole upstairs for my quilting. Now I have the 2nd bedroom in a townhome. It is working great, but once in a while I still can't find something. It is good to clean out once in a while. Good luck, will wait for the pix.

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