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    Help, please!

    I am currently using our smallest bedroom for scrapbookking. It is about 14 x 15. I am using the next smallest one, 14 x 18, as a guest/sewing room. Both are pretty cluttered. I am thinking about moving my scrapbook stuff into the larger room with all my sewing stuff and using the smaller one as a dedicated guest room. The problem with that is that the smaller room doesn't have an attached bathroom, but does have one just outside the door in the hall. OK, question is, what should I do? Keep everything as is, or combine scrapping and sewing. I have a LOT of both kinds of stuff and it would be a challenge to combine, but it would be nice to actually have a nice clean guest room, where you weren't looking at shelves of fabric, a cutting table and several sewing machines. What would y'all do?

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    I lost a guest bedroom to two sewing rooms. I love my sewing rooms but hate loosing guest bedroom.

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    I would use the larger room for your craft/quilting room. I would put my sewing machine/table in the middle of the room and put all of the "storage" areas along the wall, using bookshelves or bookcases to take the items "up" towards the ceiling so you free up the workspace and flooring. Some people put drapes/curtains up but I prefer shutters or blinds so you can open them completely during the dark and dreary days. Have as much good light as possible, one ott over the cutting area in order to match up the good colors. Go for it! You owe it to yourself. We all need that at times in our lives.

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    I would move everything into the larger room.
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    Biggest questions to me are: How often to you have guests? How long do they stay? Are they mostly family? If you are saving the room with the attached bathroom for company that doesn't really come that often--why don't you use it yourself? I would probably take the larger room.

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    Heh, I have a guest room where you look at very colorful shelves with fabric. Which I try to keep as neat as possible, since the room in small. Everything must be able to be put away to leave room for the bed if guests are here.

    Purging is a very good idea, as I have found I will never have enough room to keep absolutely everything. I have rarely regretted purging. My rule is if I have not laid hands on it in at least 1 year, then I really didn't need it anyway. Things do accumulate and I have to re-purge after a time. I found an excellent book, Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter by Carolyn Woods - this book inspired my last purge and organization and I cannot tell you how happy I am with what I accomplished. I think it would help you a lot.
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    My guest room is now my sewing room. When grandkids come to visit, we sleep either on the couch or an aero bed in the family room. I hate to give up the guest room but that's just the way it is.

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    i would use the smaller room as a dedicated guest bedroom and make sure to hang a guest bathrobe on the back of the door for those trips to the hall bathroom.
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    How often do you have guests using the room? I say combine all your things into the larger room and put the guests in the smaller room with the bathroom in the hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty quilter View Post
    Biggest questions to me are: How often to you have guests? How long do they stay? Are they mostly family? If you are saving the room with the attached bathroom for company that doesn't really come that often--why don't you use it yourself? I would probably take the larger room.
    You make a good point, how often do you have guests? I think people keep things for others when they should be enjoying it themselves. My SIL always had a very nice car (usually a "collector" type) but her husband would never let her go anywhere (to save the car). What's the point? Not to say you need to run the wheels off but if you're not enjoying it, why have it? Same with a house. You're the one there using it everyday, why not enjoy it ALL?

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    I would move everything into the bigger room.

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    I would have a dedicated guest room. This is the one room in my house that I manage to always keep clean and orderly.

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    I have my scrapbooking and quilting combined in one room along with all my genealogy. I don't scrapbook much anymore, but I still have all my stuff for when the mood hits me.....and it will.....sometime I love having all my "things" in one place. Here's a view of one wall, but it might give you an idea. The closet has tons of scrapbooking plus a two drawer file cabinet with the genealogy files.
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    Leave it as it is so the guest won't stay too long unless they quilt or scrap book. Sorry. LOL
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    No attached bathroom?? What a disaster! I'll bet they come to visit you and your home. I'd use the larger room for myself. If your guests can't visit the bathroom next door, they ought to stay in a hotel.

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    Take the larger room. Guests are occasional and temporary; you live there, full-time. Enjoy your home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Take the larger room. Guests are occasional and temporary; you live there, full-time. Enjoy your home!
    I agree wholeheartedly!!
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    We do not have a guest room or any bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Unless you count the RV which does have a toilet and is often used by guests.

    There is a sofa bed in dh's office and guests have the choice of sleeping there or in the RV.

    Mostly guests are the kids friends coming for a sleep over. They choose the RV.

    It is your house and you have the right to use it as your please. There are several here who have turned dining, living, master bed, rooms and more into sewing spaces. Some have converted garages (the car can live outside) or built dedicated rooms, buildings for sewing. Do what works best for your situation.
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    If this were my concern, I would have the smaller room as a sewing quilting room, and the larger room as a guest room and scrapbooking area. Vice versa if your scrapbooking takes more space and time. Purge what you don't want or need anymore. Spend more quality time and space on what you do love to do. In your case it just may be both are equal. Could you put a wall unit up that has doors on it to enclose the scrapbooking items? One with a fold down desk/table area as a work space? Have a fold up table stored in a closet or under the bed. Would a closet be useful for shelving to put your scrapbooking items? I think it is important for guests to have their own bathroom. More comfortable for them and no one is intruding on anyone's personal space. That way, the other room (it is only 3 ft difference, which is a lot per se but the bathroom is a factor here) is dedicated solely to sewing and quilting. Door can be shut when guests arrive-you don't need to move anything that you are working on.
    I took 2 extra bedrooms when all kids were out of the house, and made them into sewing rooms. One with fabric, cabinets, sewing machines, etc., and the other as a cutting and ironing room with storage in closet for batting etc. My other extra bedroom is an office and toy room for the grandkids. We don't usually have guests except the grandkids. So I don't feel guilty not having a place for anyone to stay. Our families and friends prefer a hotel room because they are free to come and go and visit as they wish.

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    I don't have a guest room personally by choice. I am here 99.9% of the time, grandchild rarely. He loves the option of an air bed and the big tv all to himself. I wouldn't sweat the small stuff, make it your own and enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    Take the larger room. Guests are occasional and temporary; you live there, full-time. Enjoy your home!
    Yes! I would totally take over the bigger room for myself and dedicate the smaller room to guests. I have a trundle bed for guests in my quilting room and the day my son leaves for college in two years that bed is moving to his room! Of course he will sleep there when he is home (I'm not THAT heartless!) but guests can use it the rest of the year. And, hello large design wall for me in the quilting room.

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    I AGREE totally. Enjoy it. My Grandaughter had to live with us for 5 months. Her house flooded. She slept on a bed, on the floor, behind the couch upstairs. It got to be a song. ha. Her little son slept on an air mattress. He loved it.

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    Does the small room have a comfortable bed? How often do you have guests? I enjoy having guests and being a guest. So long as the room has a comfy bed who cares what size the room is. Have you ever been to Paris?

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    I vote for the smaller one for a guest room. You can close the door and it is one less room to heat and cool too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i would use the smaller room as a dedicated guest bedroom and make sure to hang a guest bathrobe on the back of the door for those trips to the hall bathroom.
    I think this idea is a good one, by providing the bath robe it won't matter that the bathroom isn't attached. It is nice to have one room ready to go. If you don't always put everything away, then when you have a guest you have to put it somewhere while they are there. If every thing is in one room then you can leave it as is when you want and still have a place for a guest. you could always work in the small room and just put everything back in the combo room when you are finished for the day.

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