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Thread: What are we organizing today (2018j

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieH View Post
    I really understand this! I will have lived in my house 40 years this August and have started the process of packing, purging, etc., in anticipation of moving in the next year. So many memories, so much "stuff", so exhausting. I pack some, donate some, throw some, cry some. It is hard to be doing this but am moving to be closer to relatives as I age. I am looking at it as an adventure though and have already scouted out 3 great quilt stores in the New Braunfels, TX, area. So life will be good!
    Sounds like a grand adventure- and a goal to help stay motivated when you hit a bumpy spot in the process.

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    Last night I had ‘down time’ as I was hanging out with 2 great nieces. They decided to make their own supper and just watch TV so I sorted through a box of donations. I bagged blocks/squares that were similar in size and wrote a note about the size and if they needed trimming. Some of the blocks may just get cut down a size with my die cutter. It’s so much easier than trimming each block individually.

    I was happy to find around 20 strip blocks finished. I do need to give them a quick press and then trim them square. There were also extra strips so I just bagged them together with the blocks. I finished sorting the box this morning and put everything in appropriate spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryder View Post
    Sounds like a grand adventure- and a goal to help stay motivated when you hit a bumpy spot in the process.

    Rob
    Thanks, Rob. I am working on it.

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    I'm jumping on the wagon with you.

    I cleaned out a lateral file drawer today. All papers are now filed and labeled in folders. Lots of shredding and tossing old papers. The lateral file is in my sewing room so I'm going to count that as organizing. Feels so good.

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    Welcome aboard, Rhonda! Cleaning that file drawer is an accomplishment and now it won't be bugging you when you are sewing.
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    Yesterday my younger daughter came over (it was her birthday) & she & I went through drawers & bins in my craft room. My fabric & cutting table are in there, plus all the scrapbooks Iíve made & items for that craft. She took some items & we decided on donations to Creative Reuse, a local store that recycles craft items. We havenít been there yet but plan to go sometime. So Iíve let go of stuff I wonít use & gotten some room in my space.

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    as an offshoot of Mimi's thread about saved printed out patterns etc,
    I put on my big girl panties and saved my enormous folder of "quilty ideas" to a flash drive.
    All ideas that fill my own well with ideas.

    I'm chuffed. and it was easy
    pinterest hits all my hot buttons is why I don't save stuff there.

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    Another late comer here. June has gone by in a flash at my house and I didn't get a thing done, but now am ready to get back to sewing. I had to clean off my cutting board top...everyone kept piling things on it. Since I declared 2018 the year of the triangle, I pulled out some waste HST's have gotten a start on a new quilt. Now off to work.
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    Took the weekend to get some sewing done but yesterday was back at "the room". Was tidying up from sewing strings and pulling a few more neutrals out for the project WHEN I opened a tote I had sitting right beside the sewing table. Inside was washed, new fabric from almost six months ago. Folded (ruler folded or FQ folded) and put away almost all of that. Then more put aways from another project and getting cut scraps into their places. My new challenge is the stash of books. I don't have a ton but enough to keep anyone quilting 7 days a week for years. Some I will never do so it is time to let them go or put on Bucket To Do List. It is fun to see how others challenge the organization of this hobby's tools, fabric and everything that goes with it.
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    Since we are in the process of redoing my multi-purpose sewing room/space bedroom I needed to take everything out of the closet in order to paint and lay new flooring. I couldn't believe what a massive amount of bits and pieces of batting I had stuffed into the closet. I'm sure I had the a reason for keeping the stuff but that reason escapes me now. I loaded up 2 large trash bags and since our trash is picked up on Friday I quickly put it out and didn't have time to for any second thoughts. From now on I'm only going to clean out spaces on FRIDAYs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingSenior View Post
    Since we are in the process of redoing my multi-purpose sewing room/space bedroom I needed to take everything out of the closet in order to paint and lay new flooring. I couldn't believe what a massive amount of bits and pieces of batting I had stuffed into the closet. I'm sure I had the a reason for keeping the stuff but that reason escapes me now. I loaded up 2 large trash bags and since our trash is picked up on Friday I quickly put it out and didn't have time to for any second thoughts. From now on I'm only going to clean out spaces on FRIDAYs.
    A tip we could all use!
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    I bought a bunch of storage boxes at the dollar store. They have the flip lids (hinged on the right/left and join in the center). They're smaller than the plastic shoe boxes, but I have 15, and have organized all my scraps and fat quarters by color in these boxes. they're clear, stack nicely, and I can see my fabrics w/o rummaging through tons of boxes or drawers, and they aren't gathering dust sitting on shelves. My fabric that is 1+ yards, I've hung on the plastic tubular hangers in the closet, so it's easily rummaged through when looking for fabric. Nice to have things in their place and not piled around. ugh!

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    Ninab- Those boxes sound like they're really useful!

    Both Tuesday and Wednesday I reorganized my art studio so I could add some ventilation near my encaustics set up. For years I've been using a highly rated mask that filters both particulates and solvent fumes when I'm working with encaustics, but would rather have the room properly ventilated and since I have a window near my work surface, I bought a box fan and a couple of expanding window screens (old house, no screen for this particular window) to do the job. Unfortunately, that meant moving everything that was stored on the trunk underneath the window so I can get to the window to open and close it. That's finished, so now I have to figure out what to do with a couple of odds and ends that wouldn't fit on the storage area I created. Screens arrive today and fan will be here tomorrow. Doing this reorganization allowed me to put all my fabric painting/printing stuff together so it's easy to find and easy to put away when I'm done. I also use this room for my large cutting table/ironing surface, so having the ventilation should help keep it a little cleaner and make it so I can spray baste inside if the weather outside isn't cooperating.

    Today I want to get back to my goal of finding at least one thing to toss, recycle or sell each day.

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    I've been "trying" to get my Patriotic fabric used for my Quilts of Valor group sorted into color bins: Red, White, Blue, panels, smaller pieces etc. Thankfully I have the group in once a month that helps keep things in order. I keep all the fabric in my home as this is where I hold the Sewing Days.
    NOW, my personal fabric? I keep in bins by color. Projects are in scrapbook bins. BUT this is a constant struggle. I need more shelf storage in the garage for easier access. I hate having to move 3 bins to get to the one I want.
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    Tuckyquilter: I totally understand moving bins to get to the bin you want.

    Actually, that’s why I started a reorganization project of 1 yard or larger cuts yesterday. They aren’t all sorted by color but now I can easily see what I have especially when making mystery quilts where I am finding it easier to go with yardage instead of scrappy. I do love scrappies though so will continue to make other quilts with them.

    The lids are just leaning on the bins to keep the fabric in them from dust. I may hang a sheet or clear plastic over the shelves eventually so all of the fabrics are protected. I went through enough boxes/bins pulling the larger pieces and labeling the scrap bins to be content for now. I also needed a cleaning time after finishing 3 quilt tops this month. I have most of the fabric from those quilts put away.

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    That’s looking good, Connie.

    today I decided that it was time to do the floor in my entry hall. My house is over 100 years old and the hall is actually more like a room than a hall, except that there is a staircase to the second floor in it. Anyway, since I had to take everything out to do the floor, I decided it was a good time to go through everything that has been deposited there during the decade or so since the last time I did the flooors (yikes!) and decide What really needs to go back in there and what can be donated, sold or trashed. Started at 9am and still not done, but it already looks 100% better.

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    I've been working hard here and making progress too.

    Pantry is cleaned out. Linen closet is re-arranged and organized. One garbage bag full of clothes and two boxes for the thrift store already in the truck today. Two bedroom closets cleaned out and organized. Accuquilt dies are now in the cube boxes and on the shelf instead of plastic bins.

    Two UFO's donated to a special lady for a worthy cause. Five boxes of DD's things delivered to her. She is 30 and I still had all the cards that people sent when she was born.

    It feels so good!

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    Love hearing and/or seeing the progress you have all made! Kudos to you.
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    I went to an antique store and bought a beautiful solid oak bookcase, but the shelves were made for small objects, not books. Carried it into sewing room and all my jelly rolls and special charm squares fit into it. DH suggested I refold all my fabrics on the shelves and I really like how you turned your totes sideways, (retired schoolteacher), I’ll check to see if my totes will work like that on our shelves. I bought some charm squares again, but now I’m done with buying. I was looking through my stash in my cubicles and found 4 more batik jelly rolls. I’ve been going through books looking for jelly roll patterns and find books I have no interest in at all. Having a hard time just letting them go. I’m still cleaning out closets slowly but I’m determined to get this house done this year.

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    Y'all are making me feel guilty because I have neglected organizing this huge mess I have here. I still have boxes, bins, totes, stacks, shelves, floor, stuffed with a very mixed collection of all colors, sizes and kinds of fabric. I spend lots of time a couple of months ago cutting scraps into squares... until I had boxes overflowing with 5" to 8" squares... So I stopped organizing and made about a dozen scrappy baby quilts for donations. I haven't even made a dent in my organization goal!! I pledge to not buy another inch of any kind of fabric ... ever!!! Yikes!!!!

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    Ok, I finished complaining and banging my head on the wall, and decided to get back to the organization problem. I'll start by going thru the boxes and cleaning out the fabric I can get rid of. Those stacks can be donated when I figure out who can use them. That will be Step One in the Organizing Project. I'll let y'all know how that works out.

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    Question for the organizing group: We have a cottage we go to every weekend, which is where my sweet hubby made my sewing rooms (fabric and long arm in one room, working areas and cutting table in the other). So I do my sewing during the weekends when we are up there. Rarely do I have anything at home to work on. NOW, here's the dilemma:

    Where I work, they got rid of a bunch of cubicles and filing cabinets. I have a large "L" shape desk with three filing cabinets under it for support. I'd like to put it in one of the spare rooms at home so I can sew when we are at home and/or when we have to stay home due to my hubby's on-call schedule.

    I have an extra machine, mats, rotary cutters, etc. But how would you suggest splitting my material? Would you split evenly so there's similar things in each location, or would you only store one "project" worth of material at the house and keep everything else together? Same thing with scraps. Sometimes when I get bored with a project, I'll start playing around with scraps just to eat up some time and have some fun. Should I have those in both locations, too? Too restrictive?

    I thought of maybe only doing my embroidery machine at home and quilting up north, but I'll need fabric and thread in both locations....ugh!

    I'm beginning to wonder if this will be more of a detriment than anything else.

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    little. but big!
    I finished my version of the 365 challenge quilt yesterday. Little blocks. So yesterday I put away all the little bits associated with the project. sad but ecstatic!

    As the final thing I then cut down my scrap piles left from cutting my current project with shirts.
    I love my quilt room said so you can imagine that in all caps.

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    Reds....I am in same situation as you but it is doable. In Fl I keep fabric, notions & machines, but I
    also have same at house in Ontario. Found it easiest to keep least fabric in south because of space.
    Divide notions . I make what I call ..a kit. Take see through plastic bag ..put in pattern,fabric,thread
    and trims etc. for a project. If you have sufficient supplies do a few. When home just pull out a kit and
    start sewing when you are in the mood.
    Over time you will be surprised how things fall into place. Naturally have a ziplock handy for scraps.
    Since you are a sewer you probably have all the supplies you need although it may require a trip to
    buy fabric. At least if you make a top you can quilt it at the cottage. Lucky you !

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    Red, I have a cottage on the Illinois. I have a small-used to be porch- sewing room. I have a few sewing machines, mat etc. I took the majority of my FQ’s there but I also have kits. At home I use a small bedroom as my main sewing room with the long arm in the FR downstairs. I have quilts started in both places and when they are finished, I bring them to the long arm room. It works really well for me. Because I have a design wall at home, I usually use my bed as a design wall at the cottage and keep patterns simple. I could not live without a quilt room. We are campers and usually my sewing machine goes with me too. I cut everything out and then sew to my hearts delight.

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