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    I'm in the same boat as they say, that is why I mailed out so many boxes today , I just got back from lowes and bought some shelves, what does not fit on them is also out the door ! At least it looks like you have the room to get it organized. I am a horrible organizer , I get overwhelmed and also have horrible ADD with out the hyperactivity part , too bad I don't have the hyperactivity with my ADD . Lots of good suggestions here ,I will look forward to seeing your end results.Good luck to you !

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    QuilterMomma - I love everyone's ideas here. Perhaps I can add one more to the list. Incorporate the help of a close friend to help you stay focused. The chat will help your time go smoothly and you'll have another brain to bounce ideas off of. That hurricane sight will be quickly tamed into a workable quilt room. Before you begin, be sure to have comic boards, plastic boxes, ziplock bags on hand - whatever you decide to help you manage control. Once you decide what to do with each piece, don't re-think it. Just keep going!! Please take photos of your progress. We are all rooting for you and look forward to seeing your well organized room very soon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    Great Ideas Ladies!!!! I promise to show a progress photo as I go here. The pile is still there. I do have my quilts to be quilted hanging up so that I know what needs to be done. I have picking thru the stack of batting there and using it up. I just can't let that stuff go to waste. I really do need to get my yardage pieces out of there so I can then see just the scraps. I have taken what I know to be projects and put them into seperate containers and bags. The WIPs and UFOs are all together now into containers so they can be finished up. I am up close to 10 UFOs again and 30 or so WIPs. I have to quit pulling fabric for projects to do.
    Now to get these on their way. I told DH that I should just sit down and start sewing them together without worrying about color and perfection, just get them into a crazy scrap quilt and call it good. I know I have muslin squares that I keep in a pile when I use muslin for foundations for jackets. Then I could get some headway on what is actual yardage, fat quarter size scraps, and larger pieces for appliques. I may also make a couple bins and cut up to 5" squares and 2.5" squares. Those are some adequate sizes. I do have bins of 1" squares started, I should put those pieces in them as well. I know insane on the 1" squares, but they are fun to see sewn up.
    I've got similar piles in every corner of my sewing room. I've been chomping at it bit by bit, but the piles seem to multiply as I "organize." The one thing that I do feel that I accomplished is the batting. I rolled up separate pieces that were of "usable" size and bagged in the original plastic bags they were brought home in. Those I stacked on the highest shelf of the closet. I boxed small scraps that I was saving to make 6-hour quilts, small projects, etc. I brought this box to a friend who makes things for the animal shelter. I've put a lot of folded fabric in clear vinyl bins. It's neat but unhandy for me. The bins are heavy to move around when I need to get into them for fabric. The folded-on-rulers fabric in the recycled kitchen cabinet was once neat, but pulling out fabrics leave it's mark. The frustration gives me the jitters. Right now, I've got these piles stacked in front of the furniture on one side of the room which makes reaching some of it almost impossible. There is a path to the sewing machine so I am managing to get some sewing done. I sew a little and organize a little. It is mindboggling and unnerving. Those of you who have been here for a while know that this is my perpetual song. I've been at it for years. I love this board. "United we stand." or as one board members stated in her signature: "Untied" we stand.
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    I like neatly folded material in my piles and the fastest and favorite way is to fold freehand to a paperback size.folded so can put in bin with back up. By putting 5-8 in at a time they line up neatly. I like shallow bins(or boxes) so are easy to see all at one time and easy to lift. Painters tape label on all bins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckyj View Post
    I like neatly folded material in my piles and the fastest and favorite way is to fold freehand to a paperback size.folded so can put in bin with back up. By putting 5-8 in at a time they line up neatly. I like shallow bins(or boxes) so are easy to see all at one time and easy to lift. Painters tape label on all bins.
    by folding to same size you have a rough idea of size by thickness of "paperback". I start at around 13".
    Smaller stuff is sorted by strips or need cut to a usefull size and then into sorted into strips, squares and triangles, and put away.(ongoing)ready to use.

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    zozee.....come visit me . Seriously, when I start sorting fabric, I look at it and decide.....love it, loved it when I bought it, hate it now. Will never use it in a quilt........poof it goes in the bag for the Prayers & Squares Ministry. I kept about a fat quarter of each fabric so I have it for my applique. I got rid of half my stash that way.

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    There was a time (a few years ago) where I used my 3rd. bedroom as an office, sewing room and dumped everything else in it. It was a mess and I didn't sew for the longest time because it was very confusing to be in there let alone work in there. I am ADD and when I walk into something like that it absolutely overwhelms me. The first thing I did was take everything out. I kept the furniture, but everything else went into the 2nd. bedroom. I washed everything--floors and all. Then I sat down on my computer and planned it out on Word using the shapes (you can move them around your pretend room. Printed it, then wrote on the shapes of what should go where. The next day I sorted everything in some type of piles. On the 3rd. day I took the piles back into the sewing room and placed them in their specified place. I know this sounds a little overboard, but starting from a clean slate is soo much easier. I would attach a pix of my room, but I am having a very hard time downloading for some reason.

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    Just jump in and sort and fold 1 piece at a time.

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    By now you have probably made great indents in the taks of organising. Please give us another update. I'm sitting on the sidelines waiting for the advice on how to handle the last bits that do not seem to fit into any of the categories you have created.
    Am also going though fabrics bought in the previous century ruler folding the bigger pieces and cutting the rest into 5 and 2 inch squares and a variety of strips. My friend is laughing to see me actually thowing out the odd scrap (very painful experience that one), but the crumbs crate is close to overflowing. Several boxes to go and still sorting the newer fabrics into the new shelves and re-purposing the plastic containers in which they were sort of sorted.

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    Feel your pain and can't wait to see 'after' pictures.

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    Wished I lived closer then we could help each other. The best I can say is start sorting. I am not big in cutting scraps to standard sizes like Bonnie Hunt so scraps just get sorted by color or by type civil war, batik etc. An organized pile is better then a random one. It is actually painful looking at the picture. I try and sort by size, color, theme, brand etc. Even if that all ends up in one plastic bin neatly folded it is better then it all over the place loose.
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    I have ADHD, so I usually have to take everything out of the room, then start 1 thing at a time... LOL

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    Get the laundry baskets and start sorting! Grab a trash bag for items to pitch. A trash bag for items to give away/donate. Large zip locks for projects. You can buy large ones at Lowes! Plan how you want to organize your storage. I feel your pain. I have been there! Be realistic on what to keep and what to get rid of. A place for everything and everything in its place became my motto. Always a work in progress, btw.
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    I agree with most of what others have said... here's my 2 cents worth. 3 boxes/containers, do a quick sort first, *KEEP*, *TOSS* (garbage), *GIVE AWAY*(what the ^%$# was I thinking??? Or things that you just don't need or want anymore (if you are like me, you need a 4th *WHAT THE HECK IS THIS DOING IN HERE???* (stuff that belongs somewhere else in your home) then when you have done the quick sort, go the KEEP bin, and start with what others have suggested.

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    Duh that I never thought about putting index cards IN the clear bins to label them. I never wanted to tape stuff onto it so now I try to study the contents from the outside, pull the bin to confirm if it is the right one and often I still have the wrong one. Guess what I am doing over the next week or so? Putting index cards in my bins. Thank you!


    Quote Originally Posted by tjbeaver View Post
    purchase same size clear tubs, line them up on floor, pick up fabrics and sort by method of your choice. Maybe color, pattern or groups for a certain project. Whatever works for you...then use index cards for labels and put them inside tub and stack them so labels show. I do not recommend taping labels..that way you can reuse/recycle tubs when you need to do so. Have fun, take your time...don't expect to do it all in one day...I have mine sorted several ways: civil war, polka dots, backings, solids, batiks, aunt gracie, patriotic, western, floral..and by Edyita Sitar, Jason Yenter etc. Remember to have fun!!! Good Luck..
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    How is it coming along quiltermomma?
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    ZoZee....You sure do like to organize...you should advertise in your area or at local guilds! Great advise!

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    I'd probably start by organizing the pieced quilts first... then start organizing all fabric by color. Just piles to start as I think once that is done you can better assess how to proceed. Maybe by then you'll be able to easily see how much you have by yardage/color and then sort it that way. Piles of reds in large yardage, medium, small. etc...

    I just organized all my fabric and have a limited space to do it. I do not have as much fabric as you, but knowing that it all needed to fit into a designated space helped me get focused.

    I also had a "give away pile" .. fabric I just learned to let go of because I knew I'd never get thru it all if I didn't learn to let go of some pieces.

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    well the pile has been stacked even higher. I just can't seem to get to it. i did pull all the fat quarters that were thrown in, the larger yardage is folded and stacked in the cupboard where it is very clear and visible as to what is useable there. I am in the process of getting new rotary blades so I can what I should while sorting out the strips. I was digging in the pile for some blocks, and wow, do I have binding galore thrown in there. It will be great for a scrap quilt. I set all those that were made into binding in a container so they are readily available when I need them. Now to get after those containers I stuffed back full. To be continued..........
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    As far as not taping to the outside of the box--you can tape a pocket on the outside big enough to put an index card in with the contents listed on it. or even a picture if you have that ability. then no more digging in the box for a card to see what is in the box. it is readily available on the outside. and guess what the box can still be reused when it is emptied.

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    I use a Sharpie and write contents on a large index card (in large letters) then tape it onto the inside of the box so that's it's visible from the front side of the box - the side that will be visible once the bins are stacked. Works like a charm and easy to write a new card as the contents of the box evolve.

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    best of luck, wouldn't no where to start?

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    Some good ideas on how to tackle getting the job done -- the timer idea is a really good one, and folding the fabric and putting into totes by color/theme, etc is good, too. Once you get that area done you can look around and figure out if you need to reconfigure how your room is set up. Need shelving for fabric? Can you group things together in such a way so you get more 'bang for your buck' in storage? Once you reconfigure the room, put those neatly folded fabric pieces away on it. Then you can tackle the other parts -- containers of thread, rulers, etc., that need to be organized. Cleaning my quilt room usually is started around 4 a.m. of a morning that I wake up early. It doesn't wake up DH, and before I know it, the room is clean, and hubby is waking up & its 4 hours later. I've had situations like your picture shows. It can be done, but do it in stages & in such a way that you feel 'rewarded' when you're done with each part.

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    Sounds like you're on the right track, biggest items first and work down to the smaller items (that way you're sure to have a place for the big items). I ended up setting my totes on end and folding and placing my fleece in so when I take off the lid I can see the assortment and not just the top piece. Totes are more forgiving for the fleece and I needed cotton on the shelves.

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