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    My messy sewing room

    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.
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    I hope you feel as I do. It is my room and I don't care. As long as I'm sewing. I've gotta learn how to attach pics etc. My room is a mess and if I straighten it and then start something, off it goes again. LOL

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    I feel it is time to clean my sewing room when I can't walk in it or can't find anything. Guess what -- I am trying to clean it now since it reached that state and I moved the mess into the guest room until I could make more room (hmmmm wonder why I am here...)
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    I think the only thing that will help is to pack ALL your fabric in boxes and ship it to me. Then you can start fresh. LOL.
    Seriously just vow to do a little piece each day for an agreed amount of time. Then reward yourself with a treat (can be anything you want or long for) each day you accomplish your task. First thing you know, you'll have an organized room and you will be able to create to you hearts content. First thing I did when I set up my sewing studio is to organize my fabric on boards. They took less room, & I could see what I have. I can't start a project if my space is a mess. (That is just me, it doesn't bother some.) Good luck & show us the "after" picture when you get it done.
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    I know what you mean! I clean up and organize my room and then I turn around and it is a mess! I decided tonite I really don't like my sewing room too much. Some good things about it, but some not so great. I might have to rethink this whole thing. I cut up a bunch of scraps into diffrent block sizes, strips, now I think they are in my way!Gee!

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    I am just so thankful that my room isn't the only one that looks like this! LOL I am in the process of redoing it now and I am bound and determined to keep it neat. So we'll see how well that works! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    I feel it is time to clean my sewing room when I can't walk in it or can't find anything. Guess what -- I am trying to clean it now since it reached that state and I moved the mess into the guest room until I could make more room (hmmmm wonder why I am here...)
    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!
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    See if you can find some plastic bins, to fit onto your shelves, to hold your various projects and fabrics. For overflow, the bins can be stacked.

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    I really don't think it looks all that bad, I have seen for worse , so don't be to hard on yourself.
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    Looks familiar. My room is in a similar state. In fact mine is so messy my quilting has overflowed into the dining room. Like you, I always have the best intentions after I clean up but it's always back to a mess in no time. Seems to be another one of those afflictions common to quilters.

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    Your room looks like mine does after I clean it up! LOL I do keep all works in progress in there own labeled 14x14 colored plastic boxes with everything needed to finish it (except the batting) pattern, thread, fabric ect. After cutting my scraps to size they go into baskets on a shelf above my cutting area, just drop it in as I trim. After spending 6 days straight last winter sorting and trimming all my scraps I learned to do it as I go or at the very latest right after I finish the top. I also have taught myself to hate plastic bags! LOL Last winter before I hit the scraps, I hauled EVERY THING out of my sewing room, sorted and reorganized everything! (you really can't tell now, but at least I know what I have!!) I found hundreds of plastic bags stuffed full of stuff! Scraps, trash, new and used fabric, new notions, quilt pattern's ( found 3 of the same pattern, still haven't made that one), thread, new and used ( I now have 11 spools of white and 15 spools of black, all new, all same brand and weight) scissors, projects half started that I can't finish because I used the fabric I needed on another project, 2 finished quilts that were to be gifts but where in the bottom of plastic bags with other stuff on top of them. I hate plastic bags! they are not allowed in my sewing area! Good luck on organizing, remember what works for one may not work for you. keep trying untill you find the right system.

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    Oh, KSue, your room is organized and neat compared to my disaster. There should be no flat surfaces around me, or something will be piled on them! My room was the sun room, so with the route to the backyard, there are gardening stuff, tools, leaf blower-------- Also, the easiest access to attic storage is there, so stuff patiently waits to be lugged up there and stowed. But after the third rearrangement, sewing can be accomplished!

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    Wish I lived closer I'd tell you to put on a pot of coffee and invite me over. My three quilty friends and I spent an entire day 'organizing' my basement sewing room. We worked hard, but have never laughed so much! Had a blast!

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    There is no way (well, maybe if someone gave me a million dollars) that I am going to put photos of my areas on this board.

    Good luck with your project. It will feel better after it's all orderly.

    Even just stacking things 'neatly' helps considerably with the visual clutter.

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    I figure if my dog still has room to lay down, it's okay....Not much other floor room!!!
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    I had the same thing with a messy sewing room. What I did is made up my mind that after I get finished for the day in my sewing room I will clean and straighten it up for the next day's work. There is nothing that will kill creativity (for me) than to have to work in a messy environment. Also, I downsized my stash by giving garbage bags of fabrics to the Senior Citizens Organization. Now, I only have quarter cuts of fabric. If I need to have more yardage, I go and buy it as the project dictates. This has worked for me.
    Good luck!

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    I had to move my sewing area to the dining area in my living room. Ugh, I try and keep it clean but for me that's more stressful than having it messy (believe me my room look the same or worse than yours when I had my own room). The plastic bins work great for me also. I organize mine with 2 for fat quarters, 1 for fabric bundled for the next projects, 1 for patterns and then last one for "other fabric". The best bins I have are two smaller ones that are labeled " strips" and "scrapes". I leave these open and when I'm cutting I toss the strips and scrapes in the box right then. This was the best thing I ever did. Love it that you posted your room, I'm sure it makes many of us feel better that we are ok with messy areas.......

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    When I see a messy sewing room, I think "that person gets a lot done" If we are always arranging
    & organizing - what do we have to show for our progress? I make things to show I can do it!

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    No bad at all! I envy you your shelves. The only thing I might do is to take all the fabric off the shelves and fold it as follows: I use my 6" wide ruler and wrap all my larger pieces of fabric around that. Slip the ruler out and fold it in half. Seems to fit well on shelves that way and takes up less space. Wish my room looked as good!

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    It just needs some plastic tubs to put the floor items in. They stack and make your room look much neater. Label everything! At least I have to! You think I would remember what I put in these tubs or small containers but I don't. If my quilt room gets to messy it interferes with my progress. Just like I can't cook in a messy kitchen.

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    I don't get it......... What do you mean "messy sewing room"? Looks perfect to me!
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    Mines look like that I a couple of days. You can always box it up and send it to me. When you click on the picture to view it you can click on it again to downsize it.

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    hmmm looks pretty organized and clean by MY sewing room standards........ :-)

    I thrive on chaos!!!

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    I cleand up everyday when I finish working. Seems to work well for me!

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    I just wish I lived closer..I would love to help you..I am an organizing whiz...LOL I keep mine cleaned up, can't sew with it messy..just take your time and you don't have to please anyone but yourself...so when you like it...that's all that matters...I'm always looking for a little blank spot on the wall to hang something else...LOL LOL ..You can see my room on Mission Organization..its called "My Sewing Room" sak658...I have added things since that post...made 11 quilts last year..

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