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Thread: Making putting things away easier

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    Making putting things away easier

    I will never win the "there is a place for everything - and everything is in its place" award.

    However - I have found a few things that help me

    1) Drawers work better than boxes (things with lids) for the things I use frequently. Drawers that are between 1 and 3 feet from the floor are my prime real estate for easy access.

    2) Shelving works better than stacking. If I have to move ten things to get to the thing I want - I tend to leave the ten things wherever they ended up. Not a good plan - but it is what happens. It's also helpful to not need a stool or ladder to reach things.

    3) Try to keep a few horizontal spaces bare. It's a good thing my washing machine is a top loader so I have to keep it bare!

    4) Too much of anything can become a burden instead of a blessing. If I knew then what I know now - maybe I would have done things differently.


    What do other "clutterers" do when things become overwhelming?

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    Don't let scraps build up, cut frequently! Hang rulers and other frequently used items. Making mini bolts on cardstock keeps fabric more organized than stacking. Keep your stash small and Make quilts. Finish one project before moving on...I have 1 true UFO.
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    1. I label my boxes that are on my book shelves, I used labels that will come off easily.
    2. I really like cubicles with each little cube labeled what color is inside or type like batik, charms, jelly rolls.
    3. I gave away to the Indian Reservation in SD my extra fabric that I didn’t care for and didn’t replace it.
    4. I keep thread, needles, everything in a certain place. I know where to look for things when I need them.
    5. I keep fabric folded somewhat nice on my closet shelves (8’ x 6’) where I can see it.
    6. I keep future projects in cloth cubes on the floor, stacked sometimes.
    7. My small bedroom turned quilt room can be a disaster some days and I never ever care!!

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    I prefer everything in drawers, but much of my larger pieces of fabric are in shelves and I put the fabric I use less frequently on the top shelf or the bottom shelf. I have fitted out the closet with drawers until about 4 feet up and shelves above that. The drawers have my less than one yard pieces wrapped around cut down comic book boards and standing on end. I am sorting holiday and novelty fabrics are in labeled bins in the garage. My small tools and things are in labeled, colorful boxes on my window sill. Since I am only starting to feel good enough to to finish going through the fabric in the garage bins, I have been giving the fabric I don't want to my SIL to take to a woman at work who makes all kinds of things but doesn't have much money to buy fabric -- and since the fabric passes through DD's hands some of it gets redirected to her sister-in-law or herself. I put fabric that I am not sure if I want to keep in a bag, I look at it a week later and take out any pieces I decide I want and get rid of the rest -- I find I rarely take any of the fabric out so I am able to de-stash.
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    Wonderful ideas!

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    I keep a small tub handy and throw fabric in to keep it out of my way. When it reaches the top, I must put the contents away.

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    One of the most useless storage spaces in my sewing room is the kitchen base cupboard. I love the height and size (24 x 42) for cutting. I use the top 2 drawers for lots of stuff. The space underneath is hard to get to and I forget what I have there. I wonder if a couple of plastic drawer units would work there. I use command hooks on the flat doors and makes a great spot for my little rulers otherwise taking off the doors may be a solution. I'm off to measure......
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    One of the most useless storage spaces in my sewing room is the kitchen base cupboard. I love the height and size (24 x 42) for cutting. I use the top 2 drawers for lots of stuff. The space underneath is hard to get to and I forget what I have there. I wonder if a couple of plastic drawer units would work there. I use command hooks on the flat doors and makes a great spot for my little rulers otherwise taking off the doors may be a solution. I'm off to measure......
    If you could find totes that fit under the drawers - leave the lids off and slide them in and out like drawers.

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    I'm one of those people the phrase "creative clutter" was coined for.
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    Great thread! I like everybody's tips.
    I know what you mean about if I knew then... I might not have accumulated so much fabric. But once I get it more organized, it will be nice to be able to pull what I need. Friends who quilted all believed in having a stash and so I do. Fortunately, most of it was purchased on sale.
    I had plastic boxes at our old house for fabric storage. When we got cabinets from Ikea, I thought I'd be able to use them in two stacks on each shelf (four to a shelf) but they were just under an inch too wide. In the long run, that's probably a good thing because it would be cumbersome to move them to see what I have. Still working on the best solution but determined to do so, so I can just sew(in peace). I don't mind a little clutter but a lot, that doesn't work for me.
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    I will never win the "there is a place for everything - and everything is in its place" award either!!! LOL!!!!


    What do other "clutterers" do when things become overwhelming?[/QUOTE]

    Well I heard that if you do something (I believe 21 days straight) it will become habit. So the last time I arranged my sewing room I've tried to clean up after myself and straightened up so at least my room doesn't look like the local junk yard.....doing pretty good with it but whenever I start a new project it never fails....it looks like hurricane " " came through with all their kin! guess I need to work on that 21 days more!!!LOL!!!

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    LOL...my SIL described my sewing space as if a fabric explosion took place. So often I get called away and don't go back to work for a day or two and I just pick up where I left off.
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    I love the Iris Scrapbooking totes. They are large enough for 12 inch blocks, the lid is hinged, so they do not wind up in different places. All the fabric for a quilt top will fit in one. I bought a great inexpensive unfinished pine shelving unit at Ikea this summer. I painted it a lovely Robin's egg blue and thought I could fit lots of the Iris totes on it. I even thought I would have to go buy more totes for my fabric that does not have a tote yet.

    MM HMM, Turned out I already had 30 Iris totes, but before they were all over the place. They do look good on the shelves and I have them 2 wide and 5 high, so it is not too hard to get at my projects. But where did all those projects come from? And what about the fabric that is not yet in totes? I need more totes, which means I need to buy another shelving unit.

    I see a pattern here.

    One of the best deals I found for my sewing room were 2 wooden drawer units, they are about 10 inches wide and 8 inches deep. There are three shallow drawers (perfect for scissors and rotary cutters) and three 3 inch deep drawers for other things. I paid $12 each at Value Village. They fit under my counter, have wheels to move around and I love 'em.
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    I have several big shoe boxes and they are marked with name of project on the sides, so when I am ready to work on them I can just pull out the shoe box that I want. I can stack them, when I say big shoe boxes I mean like boots and big boy shoes .haha.

    When I moved things into this room several years ago, I designated a place for everything so when I need to clean up after a project, I know where everything is supposed to go and it eventually does. I have two sets of plastic drawers that have 2 thin and 2 deep that keep all of my tools and have slotted wooden tray on my table for my rulers..always within reach. Small spools of thread go in a plastic 2 sided partitioned case and cone threads in the deep drawers.

    All my fabric are folded more or less by color, children, holiday, flannel, ethnic, 30's, etc.

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    The other day I did take off the cupboard doors. In the back I laid the flat folds of potential backing and scrap quilt backgrounds I have on hand...I don't need to buy anymore of those!!! Then found a couple of Rmaid totes I wasn't using..One has a collection of solids..the other empty...not sure what I will put in..may make it my scrap bin, but really don't want one that big. It's all an ongoing process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    One of the most useless storage spaces in my sewing room is the kitchen base cupboard. I love the height and size (24 x 42) for cutting. I use the top 2 drawers for lots of stuff. The space underneath is hard to get to and I forget what I have there. I wonder if a couple of plastic drawer units would work there. I use command hooks on the flat doors and makes a great spot for my little rulers otherwise taking off the doors may be a solution. I'm off to measure......
    I built 2 drawers into mine (and left the doors on). Also took the front panel off and made it into a drawer.
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    You should use either clear totes or the ones that I really like are the stackable ones where the front of the tote opens so that you don't have to move them to get to what's inside. I also have a couple of clear drawer units that help alot. I'm in the process of organizing things again and its hard. I'm into quilting, sewing garments, embellishing, Sashiko, etc. I want to be able to get to them all easily and have one place to look for each thing that goes with each project I will be working on. I've also been collecting all of my UFO's and putting them out front so that I can get them done, hopefully for Christmas. That would be nice
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