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    Organizing- At Least Three Times Around

    It seems like I just reorganized the sewing/guest/office room a couple of months ago and it is already in need of another go-around. I now believe that the magic number for regorganizing isn't just 1 time, but more likely 3 times a year..maybe 4. Every time I go through the stuff, I purge things, but there's always a few items that I'm not quite willing to give up yet. By the third time, they're history...Gone. It feels so much better to have less stuff and be more organized.

    Those small scraps of fabric that I've saved for 5 years, just in case I need them for a quilt...Gone
    That small piece of batting that's never big enough to make anything with...Gone
    Those extra bed sheets that I might use for backing but never do...Gone
    Files from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012...Gone
    Computer cables to computers that I don't even own anymore...Gone
    Books I haven't opened in at least 2 years...Gone

    Why I can't get rid of all this stuff the first time around, I don't know. But it sure is nice to have it gone now.

    Happy New Year!

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    C, I hear ya! I've been doing the same thing. It feels so good to purge and now I'm actually able to move around and see what I love!
    Happy New Year to you!
    PS. I don't know why it takes so long either lol

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    Not getting rid of anything. Just in case I need it.
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    Bravo, tropit. I know you're not alone in this--and I think you might be right about it taking 3 times to get rid of something. I'm that way. If it's a mental burden or constantly in the way of progress or enjoyment, why-oh-why do we hang onto stuff?

    I have found that having frequent scrap giveaways helps me to let go regularly. Plus it's fun to know that others are finding my old scraps new and fun for them. Out of sight, out of mind. I love that.

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    Congratulations of getting your purging done. But I hate to inform you the re-organization is never ending. When I took over the room as my sewing room 11 years ago, I carefully decided where to put my machines, what was going in the closet and the storage. It didn't take too long before I didn't like the arrangement and moved things around. And as time went along it was time to purge those pesky scraps (they multiply like crazy in the dark and in the light). Magazines piled up because there was always a pattern I wanted to save - finally pulled out the patterns, put them in plastic sleeves and in a large binder and the magazines were sent to the recycler. Some books have gone to other homes, scraps have been sent to other quilters - i have even sent large pieces of fabric that no longer were attractive to me. Reading what other quilters and embroiders use in their rooms help me make upgrades to my room.

    Since I got my embroidery/sewing machine my sewing room has undergone at least 3 more transformations. And ya know what - I love it. It's fun to go in there and play with all the stuff. Next week I plan to go thru a lot of my fabrics and get rid of a lot of fabric that doesn't seem to fit me projects anymore.

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    I did this earlier this year -- I did a hard purge and found one of the things I got rid of was the 15" wide by 3.5 yard long piece of fabric that I was saving for the border of a UFO (a piece of royal blue moda that was about 10 years old). Sigh ....
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    I’m with you Tropit, sometimes it takes another look at the things occupying valuable space in our sewing rooms that we have trouble letting go of. It is a wonderful feeling to organize and tidy up...I get inspired when I clean my room.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    It's such a nice feeling to organize the sewing/hobby room. Although there are so many different systems and containers available, sometimes they just don't work for us. Changing storage and room layouts can help us function even better. It's all so personal.

    I ask myself if I want to take care of the item, if not, easy to purge or pass along. Good luck with your "new" room.

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    purged a few months ago knowing we were going to buy a house, still haven't found one, but it is making things easier. Have gone through many boxes of scraps and donated a few to the neighbor's 8 year old granddaughter who is practicing her 1/4" seams.

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    Good for you , start the new year off right ...

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    I have a man helping me purge my home of 20 years of detritus. Raised 3 kids, many pets and stuff got put into boxes and bins over the years, but not sorted or purged.

    I have a large laundry basket of socks missing their mate. Why am I keeping them? I truly have no idea. There are socks that would fit a preschooler and my dd is 19. Before Christmas I did one last sort of the socks. When school starts back up, I am going to ask if the elementary school could use them for craft projects, otherwise out the go.

    So back to the fellow who is helping me. He started with the yard, filled a trench, removed a retaining wall and leveled the back yard, build raised beds and placed a boarder for a new flower bed. We will wait until spring to bring in top soil. He tool away old tools and mowers, fixed both mowers, brought on back and he can do what he likes with the other one.

    Next the garage, it is a single car garage that was chock a block full of stuff (we could not park in it for over 10 years as an RV was parked in front of it (oh yeah got rid of the RV too).

    Now he has moved into the house. Friends have asked me if I am worried about him working in the house when I am not home. The answer is no. If he tosses something that I later decide I 'need', so be it.

    He is also going to help me get rid of some furniture that my ex was supposed to remove 3.5 years ago, but did not. We will have to wait for dry weather for that as he only has an open truck.

    Books and fabric are my downfall. I have lots of both and need to sort through the fabric myself. I will donate the non quilting fabric to the Home Ec program at the school. The quilting fabric I will take to a guild meeting and set out on a free table.

    I donated 6 boxes of books before Christmas, there are many more to go through.

    I am not in a rush, I hope to have most the work done by the end of June. I start back at Uni in a week, plus am away the month of May. I have a heavy course load and need to work hard to get through the program.
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    I read a de-cluttering tip about the rule of 3: go through things 3 times -the first time is usually the easiest as you are getting rid of the things you know you don't want or need without hesitation. The second time is a little harder as you are making decisions about whether or not you really need that item. And the third time is the hardest as you are really analyzing the item and deciding its fate. The first time you get the most items, the second, fewer, and the last, the fewest but by then you should feel that those left are the ones you want to keep.

    I am planning a move in the summer and so have been doing this throughout my house. I have done the first round with everything except my sewing room and will do that this coming week. I have started the second round in some of the closets and drawers and actually realizing how much stuff I have is making it easier to make decisions about letting go of things. There is something about doing a whole house clean out and seeing just how much I have that makes it easier for me to let go of a lot and my third round will hopefully let me focus on keeping those items that are the most meaningful to me. I think though that doing my sewing room will still be the hardest room for me to go through. I am hoping not to play the "but what if I need that piece of fabric 10 years from now for a quilt?" game. I have already looked at some projects that I don't remember ever getting to do, have lost interest in, no longer like the fabrics, or wonder what was I ever thinking of when I got it! Hopefully my purge, not only of the house but also the sewing room will be freeing for me and I will move only those things that I really want!

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    I too have been purging, there is something about packing Christmas away that makes me want to de clutter. My sewing room is pretty good I did a good cleaning before we put the decorations up inside but I see I am still holding on to a too many scraps. Looks like a bunch of project Linus quilts coming up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    I read a de-cluttering tip about the rule of 3: go through things 3 times -the first time is usually the easiest as you are getting rid of the things you know you don't want or need without hesitation. The second time is a little harder as you are making decisions about whether or not you really need that item. And the third time is the hardest as you are really analyzing the item and deciding its fate. The first time you get the most items, the second, fewer, and the last, the fewest but by then you should feel that those left are the ones you want to keep.

    I am planning a move in the summer and so have been doing this throughout my house. I have done the first round with everything except my sewing room and will do that this coming week. I have started the second round in some of the closets and drawers and actually realizing how much stuff I have is making it easier to make decisions about letting go of things. There is something about doing a whole house clean out and seeing just how much I have that makes it easier for me to let go of a lot and my third round will hopefully let me focus on keeping those items that are the most meaningful to me. I think though that doing my sewing room will still be the hardest room for me to go through. I am hoping not to play the "but what if I need that piece of fabric 10 years from now for a quilt?" game. I have already looked at some projects that I don't remember ever getting to do, have lost interest in, no longer like the fabrics, or wonder what was I ever thinking of when I got it! Hopefully my purge, not only of the house but also the sewing room will be freeing for me and I will move only those things that I really want!
    i'm moving to another state this summer...this makes perfect sense to me. I've been through round 1 throughout the house except sewing room, which I keep organized and pitch stuff regularly. I bought the storage containers I will use for fabrics and quilts to move. After holidays, I'm doing round 2 to add to yard sale stuff, which I'd rather not do but hubbie insists. The one area in house to yet be purged is the garage, which is hubbies stuff. I'll help him but I'm not looking forward to that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Not getting rid of anything. Just in case I need it.
    Every time I decide to toss stuff out, I immediately need it and end up going to buy it again. I hate wasting money.

    And who has time to organize 3 times a year? With a full time job and other interests, if I spent time organzing 3 times a year, I'd never get any quilts done. I guess i'm just not messy enough to have to organize that often. I can move around fine in my room and find things without having to go to all that work.
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    Oh tropit, wish I lived near you, I could use so many of the things you are purging for our small quilt club who makes quilts for those who have lost their homes and possessions to fires and quilts for the children's hospital as well. We are always in need of faricc, scrappy or yardage, backing etc. We are a group of elderly ladies on fixed incomes so it is a big challenge to come up with supplies. Happy New Year to all and good luck with your purging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tothill View Post
    I have a man helping me purge my home of 20 years of detritus. Raised 3 kids, many pets and stuff got put into boxes and bins over the years, but not sorted or purged. the program.
    OMG! Where did you find this wonderful guy? You are very lucky to discover a worker that is willing to help you wih this set of tasks.

    I know what you mean about the laundry socks. I'm about to tackle the laundry area next and that big basket of socks is already slated to go. Socks behave so strangely. You think that they are gone, but they always reappear...one at a time...especially my kids' socks. My son and daughter are fully grown now, but still, their socks seem to find their way back into my laundry basket. I keep saving them because they might need them, but no...they really don't.. Those socks are history.

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    Themachinelady,

    I totally understand. But rest assured, I'll be donating a lot of stuff the local quilt guilds and charities that are making quilts for the fire victims here, in Northern California. (Sadly, there are no shortages of victims, due to the recent, devistating fires.) I'd love to keep making quilts for victims, but I'm out of time and engergy. This is one way that I can continue to contribute.


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    I never have good luck to purge my fabric. I save everything down to one inch square. I find my taste for a pattern does change over time, too, but can't part with it!!! Am looking forward to getting all my fabric in one room and organized so that I can see what I have. I measure and mark my fabrics so that I don't have to take time to measure it when am in need of that particular piece. All my scraps are sorted by width, not color, for a future Log Cabin. My triangle cut offs of various sizes are stored in Schwan's ice cream tins. I probably have 20 queen size quilt kits besides enough fabric to make into an infinity of quilts. I'm a fabric hoarder and I can't seem to change so need to get a lot of sewing done since I've reached the age of 72 and am legally blind (I can still sew to perfection).

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    I carried a box of books to Goodwill a few days ago and reading this post I realized that today I can't remember the name of a single one of them. Obviously, there's not much chance I'll miss them. Other than quilting books and other books that have a lot of pictures related to my hobbies I have to wonder why I keep any books. I have a Kindle and will look at a print book only rarely, but still have a few hundred around. If I can purge enough books, there might be more room for fabric. Heh-heh-heh!
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    Because we "THINK" we'll need it and won't be able to get more. However, I'm doing much the same thing. and I'm including the garage too. I have WAY to much stuff for one person.
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    I really need to do another reorg, but my studio currently is buried in Christmas ornament/tree boxes, waiting for my DH and I to feel better so we can dismantle the tree.

    I think it may have been a year or longer since I dusted the high shelves where my collections reside. How is it that these tasks always take a back seat to the rest of the house?
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    Gramma Nancy- I hope ya'll feel better soon.

    I too am in need of a purge. We've been in this house for nearly 26 years and for 2 people who do not like to shop, we have somehow managed to completely fill it up! I've gotten rid of lots of books over the years, but when I retired I brought my entire professional library home and have found it difficult to give that up-- that whole identity thing is what stops me there. But I'm thinking that it is now time to let most of that go. it would sure free up some shelf space that could be put to more practical use.

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    I took a look at all the beautiful yardage I have for quilting. Then I made the decision to pass along ALL my scraps. If I ever want to make a scrap quilt I have a friend with huge amounts of them. My sewing room is 8 x 8 with a good sized closet.

    I live in a small space and have to have limits. I have one shelf for quilt books. If I want to buy more and they do not fit---something must go. I just gave away 2 years worth of Block magazines to free up space for 2018.

    Once I put something in a donation box the hard part is over. We are not our possessions. As soon as it is full out it goes. I like a neat and clutter free house. I also like to bless someone else with things.

    I have moved alot in my life and I think that really helps. Last time was across the country into a much smaller space. We did not need half the kitchen stuff including 6 frying pans. DH was resistant sometimes as he is a "just in case kind of guy". We do not have have a garage, basement or attic. That really limits what we can own and it is fabulous. We have a small shed for tools. We are renters but tend to stay in a place for a long time.

    I get all my books through the library mainly E books. I love my Kindle.

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    It seems we all have too much stuff. I think that's why the minimalism push is getting so popular.
    I've unloaded lots of fabric, books, etc and still don't miss a thing. I love purging!

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