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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    OMG I just did the exact same thing!! But my sweetie said "Let's take the bed in the guest room apart and store it in garage and then we can put up some shelves in there too so I have more storage" ! Wants me to have 2 rooms for my quilting fetish! How wonderful is that? In fact, we are looking to move in the next few years and every house that he wants me to look at has some large area that he feels will be "perfect" for my sewing room!
    Oh my - he's is keeper! I hope mine says the same thing when we move in 5 months! It's his fault I have outgrown it in the first place. He loves to shop with me for fabrics and doubles everything I ask for and never leaves any fabric center with fq's in his hand! Gotta love 'em!
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    The only question I have is, where is your sewing machine(s).....I guess that is one of the pictures you could not get to post, huh? My sewing room looks just like yours, only about three times that size because I have a Gammill on a 12 ft table down the middle of it. Love it, love it, love it.
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    Well, I love your valance!!!!!!

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    I so agree with gramie bj's comment on plastic bags. I'm going to train myself to unload my purchases right away and put them in a designated spot and get the plastic bags outta there. I hope to be able to straighten up my space soon. I can live with it for just so long and then it makes me nuts.

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    Oh, and I wanted to add...I think you are a brave woman to post pix.

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    Eek, you peeked in my room last year! Much better now! LOL

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    Sue This is do able. First tale the white book case only and buy foam core , corrugated plastic, measure the shelves and cut the plastic one inch shorter than the shelf height and 1 in. shorter lenght for deapth. wrap fabric pin end to self mark coraplast with the yardage on it. Stand it up right. Do that then e mail me and I give you some other ideas.
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    KSue, I see that you already have a wonderful sense of organization -------you just need to expand on what's already there. You've covered your boxes on the top shelves with contact(?) paper and added a list sheet on the outside-----do more of them for your magazines and anything else that is not fabric and put them on your shelves. Cover the bigger paper boxes that you have under your hanging rod--------move some of them under your cutting table near the window as it seems like your utilizing that space for the bags. If your bags are holding "projects" together------get them into more covered boxes & label with a pic of the finished project in a plastic sleeve attached or clear boxes & slide the finished pic project inside the box so that it can be viewed on the outside & shelve them. Sort your fabric by color---one per shelf in plastic bins. Use hooks under your cutting table nearest the center of the room to hang your rulers, scissors, and rotary cutter on. Someone on the board suggested using your ruler to fold your fabric so it looks neater----then put them in your clear bins by color. You can do this KSue----------just set a timer for 15 minutes and go to it. When the timer rings----STOP! Do a little each day and it'll get done-------looking forward to seeing your posts for your "new room" soon :-D

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    WHY don't you live closer to me?? I love to organize. It is so much fun and satisfying when you are done. My suggestions when you are cleaning...

    1. crank up the music or put on the television
    2. do one small area at a time. if you try to tackle it all at once, you will tire and quit
    3. take breaks to sew a few blocks. it breaks things up and keeps you interested.
    4. set aside all the stuff you truly don't need or think you might not need. don't toss it yet but get it out of the room and really think hard about whether or not you need it.
    5. ruler fold the fabric. it saves so much space and makes everything look great. you don't have to be super perfect about having everything exactly the same size when folded. I feel that those comic book boards aren't really necessary (at least for me).
    6. I don't like the clear shoe box containers. they are too small. get bigger clear containers. they work better. I got 7 containers for WIP and limit myself to that many WIP
    7. group similar things together. make everything easily accessible and easy to put away.
    8. understand that once you have finished organizing and start quilting again, part of the system may not work and you may need to rearrange a bit again. Just notice what is not working and amend that part of it.

    Have fun doing this and make it a gift to yourself. you are giving yourself a happy beautiful functional space...
    Feel free to PM me if you need suggestions for particular items or trouble solving certain things.

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    I'm the first to admit that I'm not the tidiest person but I have to keep my room fairly tidy because it is also my bedroom. If I clean up and put things back in their place it's not too bad but if I leave things laying around it soon ends up messy. I'm in the process of getting an allotted sewing space so hope I can keep it tidy as my friends will be coming to sew with me.
    From your photos it looks like you could do with some plastic bins, especially the ones on wheels. I traded a friend some see through shoe boxes for sturdier plastic containers. I now use these for fabric and pattern for future quilts - one per box. I also use one to carry my latest project,especially when I go to my sewing group.
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    Looks as though you have a structure of order, but just keep adding stuff without putting it away. I know because I do the same thing. Today my quilting/living room is perfectly neat - everything put away so you hardly know it is used for quilting. Everything is stuffed in my little closet for now. We are having company Sunday, did you guess that? By Monday or Tuesday - KABOOM! It will all explode again as I get on to my next project. In case I have serious withdrawal, the last thing I did before putting cutting board back in closet was cut out the BOM I need to bring to guild meeting on Wednesday. I can always pull out the Featherweight to make it tomorrow if I begin having symptoms of anxiety.
    "The business of life is making memories. In the end, it is all we have." Butler Charlie Carson, Downton Abbey, season 4, episode 3, PBS.

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    I think my cutting table actually looks worse but that is because I have been in several swaps lately and I have also had a lot of small donated scraps that I am trying to cut into the shapes I use. Today it even has my mother's 70th birthday cake dumped in the middle of it as my DH and DFather reorganised the other bedroom this morning!!!

    Every 2nd week I am on early shift and have about 1.5 hours free before I have to start on tea. This week I have been using the time to tidy my room and weed out excess magazines etc. Sometimes I use all of that time, sometime 1/2 hour or so is enough.

    I took the excess stuff to my local group and most of it went home with them.

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    My 2 rooms could give yours a good run for the money! LOL (But true)
    I would post pix, but my DH would be mortified!....
    Trying to straighten up mine as well.
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    Good luck to us both, Penny.
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    Start in one corner and dig in..

    I had piles and piles of scraps, bolts piled high everywhere there was space, newly bought fabric covered my sewing machines, cutting table and ironing boards.. I had enough.. It took me a week but I can now walk in and sit at my machine and sew... Yay..

    If I can do it, You can do too !!!!

    OK this is not perfect by no means but I can work in there again.... Im happy to go in there now, as before i hated to even look in there..

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    YOU CAN DO IT !!!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

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    I had to reorganize my sewing room a few months ago. I had fabrics in tubs but after a car accident and dislocated ribs I found it hard to move the tubs around - they were just to heavy. I got a few plastic drawers that fit on my larger shelf and folded all the fg's to fit in the drawers. I can see the edge of all of them and can just pull one out. No more having to lift a stack to get the one I want. It saves lots of time and effort. All fabrics larger than a fg but smaller than 1 1/2 yd I wrapped on a 6" ruler and than folded to fit on the smaller upper shelf of a bookcase. All fabrics bigger than 1 1/2 yd I wrapped on my 12" ruler and folded to fit on the bookcase and stand them on end like books, again no more lifting of stacks of fabric to get the one I want. All the fabrics are sorted by color. I got the larger 3 drawer sets, a total of 12 drawers, didn't put on the wheels and stacked them in stacks of 6 for a smaller space for my scraps. Pieces smaller than fq's went into the scrap bins.
    Since we did have to put a freezer in the sewing room the space on top of it has small easy to lift bins with my UFO's, WIP's in them. They are numbered and I typed out a list on my computer of what is in each one so I can find them easily without having to search through all of them. If I move them or finish them I revise the list.My larger UFO's are in larger bins on a low shelf so I don't have to move them. They are larger tops that I haven't found the backing for yet or I don't quilt them until I have someone to give them to then I buy the batting and finish them. (It saves space.) I have one larger bin of just bleached and unbleached muslin.
    My quilting books are on a books shelf in a small odd space in the hall.
    Of course I am working on finishing the UFO's so I will have more space. I'm trying not to buy anymore fabric unless it is to finish something already started.
    If you need a better explanation for anything feel free to PM me.

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    You can do it! Put your fabric and/or projects in clear boxes so you can see what you have. Seriously, are you going to use all that you have? Can you share with others so your space is more user friendly for YOU!

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    Ha Ha Ha...I bet my sewing room is messier than yours! LOL

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    If you're busy making quilts and clothing, there's not enough time to keep everything super tidy! I usually have a few projects going on at one time, all in different stages. When I get tired of working on one, I can switch to another. It makes for a messy sewing room, though. I wish I were tidier, but I get a lot of projects finished.
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    ohhhh....I think it's beautiful looking.........someone's little slice of heaven.......
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    Sue if I were visiting my sister in Henderson I would come over and help you organize. A little at a time. Don't forget to label the boxes so you know what is in them. Keep pluging away. I am also trying to control my scraps. It is a never ending battle! Luann in CT
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    I force myself, and I do mean FORCE, to clean my studio after each project is finihed. Bad part is, I usually have 2 or 3 going at one time. Right now, I have one in the hand quilting frame, one in the long-arm, one being pieced on my Paff, and One on the design wall. But I do try to clean as one part (piecing, quilting, or binding is finished.

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    I can't even find the table in my sewing room to sew on! I think my machine is somewhere close to the table, but I'm not sure. Hmmmm 15 minutes is doable, after all, my mess didn't get there in just 15 minutes, so just one 15 minute session isn't going to get it cleaned up, but I can handle 15 minutes.
    Thank you for being brave enough to post your pictures. And thank you other QB members for your organizing ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSue View Post
    As ugly and messy this room looks it is a wonder that I ever get anything sewn properly. I clean it up and then it gets messed up again. Although I am in the process of organizing my scraps into 2", 3 1/2" and 5" squares. Oh and also 1 1/2" squares for my postage stamp quilt. They are going into plastic bags for now and then clear shoe boxes. I thought maybe if I posted my mess on this forum that it would motivate me into getting it done. If you have any suggestions/ideas, please don't be bashful. Let me know how to "fix" this mess. Hopefully I will be able to post more than one pic. Well, it let me post 3 pics but I guess you can see the mess I am in. And I don't like the little attached images. When you click on them they always magnify and you really can't see it well.
    Yea, what is with these teeny pictures? I don't even bother any more looking (even though I wouldlike to) as I have to keep scrolling up and down and back and forth. No fun at all!!!

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    I "ruler folded" all my fabric and it stacks much better on my shelves. Once you "corral" all the fabric it will be easier to organize the rest of your sewing room. Just try working for 15 minutes at a time. Baby steps will get it organized and you will enjoy your space so much more. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karate lady View Post
    Yea, what is with these teeny pictures? I don't even bother any more looking (even though I wouldlike to) as I have to keep scrolling up and down and back and forth. No fun at all!!!
    Me too! I hate the tiny pictures! Once I enlarge one I can't get back to see the next unless I go clear back to the beginning and scroll thru all the previous messages until I get back to where the thumbnails are. I have tried x-ing out and have tried back arrowing and everything else that normally works, but to no avail! I love looking at the pix but since they are thumbnails now I usually end up just moving on... ;o(

    I too, am in the process of reorganizing my sewing rooms. I have been faithfully reading this forum and got some good tips. I tried the core insulation from Lowes for wrapping fabric on but found it messy and its too thick to save any space. Someone else mentioned to use plastic (corrugated?) but not sure what she meant or where to buy it. One thing that is really helpful is the white wire shelving I installed all the way around my room, with the shelf just level with the tops of the door and window frames. That means its down just about 15 inches or so from the ceiling. I can store bags of batting there and stuff like pillow forms, and anything else I don't need on a regular basis. I bought a pair of those grabber things at Target and they work great for retrieving most bags without climbing. I also store some of my UFO blocks there in Pizza boxes and have them labeled by the name of the block or project. Its tons of free space that often goes unused. I also find that the wire grid allows me to put hangers there with stuff I am using for my current project. For instance, I cut the binding strips as I'm cutting my blocks and hang them over a hanger until I am ready to use it. I also may only have time to assemble one row of blocks at a time so I can label it row one and hang it until I get sewing time the next day. I work a lot of hours so I usually try to get up, get coffee and sew for perhaps 30 minutes each day before work. This means I need stuff handy and ready to go. So the wire shelving serves a dual purpose for me. Hope this idea helps someone else.

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