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Thread: Sewing Room Tidy List for Jan/Feb

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    Wow, that looks great! Done in one day, too.

    I don't have a dedicated room. Most of my "stuff" is in what was once a family room. Family grown and gone, so it is mostly sewing related now, but does still have sofa & tv, and it's wide open to the kitchen. My stash is all in a closet on the other side of the house. Both rooms are currently disheveled as we are remodeling and everything from the kitchen, a bathroom and laundry room has been moved into those rooms.

    Love seeing the clean, inviting areas. Hope you'll post more!

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    I like your list ideas but I especially like the last part. That is exactly what I need to do .... give away to make space to breath and think so I can actually work on some things I want to do. Luckily we have a shop in town that takes all craft type things whether they are yarn, thread, patterns, fabric, musical instruments, crockery ... well, you get the idea that they will take just about anything usable. They do classes and you can buy from them for very little money. I will be donating there and the local charity shop. Hmmm, just thinking about that makes me feel better. Thanks zozee for posting this list. It is pushing me along to actually do the organizing.

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    Great job Zozee! I love seeing your pretty room. My room is a complete mess right now. I think I need to think seriously about freshening up my room and doing a little purging as well. I have more then I will ever use in my life time. And, I find I'm just really really tired of some of it. I feel I've used the same fabrics so often that I'm bored with it. I would love to free up a bit of clutter to be able to create more. Thinking...……….mulling it over...…...will look it over tomorrow.
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    Lookin' good, Zozee! I love your lampshade. What an original idea!

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    Thanks for the wonderful pictures Zozee. They are inspiring and I always love to see where everyone else creates! Today, mine is in production mode.....come to think of it.......every day....it's in production mode! Anyway, I have 4 quilts that need binding attached hanging over the longarm bars, binding that needs to be pressed on the ironing board and the tv on my cutting board (where it always is)......everything is ready to go! I admit that I love to sew......more than anything else. If I don't get to sew a seam a day.......I'm "restless".

    Keep those pictures coming everyone.......it makes us feel like we are visiting you in your happy place!

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    Looking Good!!!
    It does take a concerted effort to get it all done. For the past few years I have been trying to down size my stash. And just gave the majority of my youth fabrics to a friend of mine that has grandchildren and great-nieces and nephews. Getting rid of scraps, Christmas fabric I has been a little more difficult - I just love it, but not using it so, I need to push myself a bit harder. My sewing room does look like a disaster when I am in the middle of a project - but it gets cleaned up after because it also is a spare bedroom with a murphy bed that is needed from time to time.

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    Hey I have 2 of those turntables that I have my stuff in. Need to sort into my ScrapBox when I’m out there soon. SOON

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarionsQuilts View Post
    OMG You had me cracking up laughing Zozee! I'm such a neat freak when it comes to my quilting and my reading that there is no way my room would ever be messy. I put things away as soon as I am done using them - fabric measured? Rulers and cutting tools are hung up instantly.

    Now, if you want to talk about where I "fail" ... it's cooking ... I can cook - I just hate cooking. So my meals are mainly salads. I make a huge salad every sunday and that's what I have for supper every night LOL

    Your cutting space looks awesome!
    Thank you. I bet my “before” picture gave you the heebie jeebies. “Never messy” is a phrase this girl hasn’t said about herself. I am not a slob but let’s just call me an inconsistent “ tidy upper”. I also don’t especially enjoy cooking anymore. Maybe every full moon I get a yen to make a fab meal, but there is no way I could eat a salad every single night. Might be afraid to grow antlers����

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    Quote Originally Posted by zozee View Post
    Thank you. I bet my “before” picture gave you the heebie jeebies. “Never messy” is a phrase this girl hasn’t said about herself. I am not a slob but let’s just call me an inconsistent “ tidy upper”. I also don’t especially enjoy cooking anymore. Maybe every full moon I get a yen to make a fab meal, but there is no way I could eat a salad every single night. Might be afraid to grow antlers����
    LOL it did hahahaha ... I have to admit! If I was at your house and we were quilting together, I'd drive you nuts by putting everything all away!

    As a vegetarian, it's much easier to just eat salad! And I'm so lazy about cooking that even making that once a week is a PITA!

    Keep up the great work on your room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillySusan View Post
    Good plan, Zozee! I wish I were organized enough to make a plan like yours, but then it would take me more than 2 months to execute it. Here's wishing you all success. Please post before and after photos so we can give you all the congrats. that you will deserve.
    This much I can say: you don’t have to be organized to make a list. Just pick a place to start and write what you see as you look clockwise around the room. Break it down into small sections. Even if it takes you more than two months, imagine how good it will look and feel. Better than if you let it go for two more months, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Very nice work, Zozee! And your list shows you are a far more organized person than I am.

    I did a big declutter at Thanksgiving, so the family could come and actually use the dining room to gather and eat! (It's my "downstairs" sewing room the rest of the year). I tend to put stuff away as soon as I'm finished with it, so it's still nice and orderly (more or less). My upstairs sewing room (longarm room) stays pretty neat. So I'm all ready to dive into 2019 projects!

    I have some plastic drawers full of precut scraps, that I want to empty out. My goal is to make scrap quilts for donation with them. So far, so good!
    i totally overlooked the drawers! Should I hug you or smack you for reminding me? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan View Post
    I think a list sure does help to follow our goals. Nice list Zozee. I find I can get more accomplished if I have a list but sometimes I lose my list and then I am so lost!!
    That was one reason I took a picture of my list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    I like your list ideas but I especially like the last part. That is exactly what I need to do .... give away to make space to breath and think so I can actually work on some things I want to do. Luckily we have a shop in town that takes all craft type things whether they are yarn, thread, patterns, fabric, musical instruments, crockery ... well, you get the idea that they will take just about anything usable. They do classes and you can buy from them for very little money. I will be donating there and the local charity shop. Hmmm, just thinking about that makes me feel better. Thanks zozee for posting this list. It is pushing me along to actually do the organizing.
    KLO, what town is the shop in? I live in Winston Salem, so can't imagine it's too far from me. I'd like to check it out. Thanks so much.
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    Great Before and After and picture this all in caps, selvedge light shade!! Did you glue them on or make fabric or?

    I have a before from around 2002 that would freak out Everyone I was getting my head around FlyLady. What a blessing that was, I think of her and thank her every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    Great Before and After and picture this all in caps, selvedge light shade!! Did you glue them on or make fabric or?

    I have a before from around 2002 that would freak out Everyone I was getting my head around FlyLady. What a blessing that was, I think of her and thank her every day.
    The selvedge lamp was an idea off Pinterest. I loved the size and shape of my lampshade but it was a dull pee-yellow. I asked here on the board for a "few" selvedges and got a boatload, of course. Which was great, because I had many colors to choose from and wanted all bright jewel tones.

    I hot glued them on one at a time. I really need to go back and give the ends a trim, huh? Took me a while to figure out if I wanted them to hang off , but seeing it in a photo convinces me I want to tuck them under (glue) them all even with the top and bottom, and then put a selvedge around the top edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
    KLO, what town is the shop in? I live in Winston Salem, so can't imagine it's too far from me. I'd like to check it out. Thanks so much.
    The shop is called Reconsidered Goods and is on Patterson St. in Greensboro. It's really a neat place. I believe they have a website and they advertise on Craigslist a lot. Hope that helps.

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    KLO, I've driven by it and never noticed. Thanks for the tip.
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    What a great idea that is, Zozee. I aimed to tide my sewing room between Christmas and New Year but didn't get very far, although the room is only small. I'll make a list but might need to break "floor" down into smaller sections. :-)

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    Update on my list: I have now completed #1, 2, 3, 6, and 13. (I would have made more progress except that I am simultaneously decluttering my master BR for my daughter and SIL to come work
    their makeover magic on. Oh, what a monster job of going through old pictures , papers, books, and stuff. But worth it! So much open space now.)

    Back to the sewing room list:

    Number 3--the scrap bins--were the biggie, as you can imagine.

    Here's how I managed to tame the scraps:

    -I offered a medium flat rate box of scraps on here for $25 (incl. postage) and sold it immediately, and had plenty more folks behind her asking . So, let me throw that out to you as a quick way to get rid of scraps and recoup enough to take yourself out to lunch as a reward. LOL.

    -Sorted, ironed, and stored my strips into an ArtBin that's 12x12. I use a Wonder Clip to hold small stacks together so they don't get messy .

    -Donated pieces that are too thin for a quilter to enjoy but thick enough for other purposes.

    -Started setting aside crumbs when I read here that some people would actually appreciate them.

    -Trashed the rest.

    My room is finally feeling breathable again.
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    Zozee, my baby-step will be to clear off my cutting table. Your picture motivated me! (the before AND especially the after)!

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    Zozee we are all so proud of you! Enjoy your space and now you don't even have to remind yourself to breath.

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    Big sigh of relief to you for all your progress! It truly feels good to accomplish our goals in a timely manner. Congrats!

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    Zozee- My cutting area looks about 10 times worse that your "before" picture!
    Good job! It's looking wonderful.
    I'm so bad about putting stuff away and it doesn't serve me at all because I waste so much time looking for things.

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    Zozee - the timer is a miracle worker! Even if I get side-tracked into something else in the room, the timer reminds me of the other task. : )

    My design wall really needs some work. The second panel isn't covered yet so it is just behind the other. That panel needs the flannel taped down better, as the upper corner is loose. I can't reach that high even with my kitchen step stool.

    Right now everything is hung towards the top, even if it means folding it up - I have a kitten that thinks climbing the wall is great fun but he only goes up about 5 feet because he's getting heavier as he grows. Cute, but nerve-racking - especially when I have to gently pry his claws from my work-in-progress.

    So, next project is setting the timer and getting the two panels entirely covered and taped down - not sure what to do about The Monarch - he's a rascal. : )
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    Zozee, my baby-step will be to clear off my cutting table. Your picture motivated me! (the before AND especially the after)!
    I'm going to try the before/after photos too. That way I can remind myself of what it could & should look like when it starts to get out of hand again. That, and reminding me it wasn't an impossible task the first time so I shouldn't keep putting it off the second (third/fourth/fifth/eleventh) time. : )
    'Tacky' does not necessarily refer to the quality of adhesiveness.

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