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Thread: Where oh where can it be??????

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    Wow - do I ever have the company on this one......... lol Guess I will never be lonely.

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    Not only can I not find things after a major organization, when I throw away something that I had not had a use for in ten years, within a few days there will be a need for it.
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    I had the same problem as the rest of you - organizing then not knowing where stuff was. Here is how I solved it for me:

    I bought 2 of the 10-drawer rolling carts that JoAnn's sells. The drawers are shallow and the carts go together really easily. I then used masking tape and numbered each drawer 1 - 10 and 11 - 20. Then the fun began. For 2 days I went through every box, drawer, plastic shoe box, etc., that I had sewing/quilting stuff in and sorted it all into the different drawers. BUT what I did differently this time was to list each item in a notebook (I used a composition notebook and labeled each page A - Z) and what drawer it is in. Now when I want to find rotary blades (drawer 4) or binding clips (drawer 15), I know exactly where they are. When I can, I am going to purchase a third so I can subdivide some of the drawers that are really packed (button drawer, embroidery thread, etc. I do embroidery, crocheting, knitting, and several other crafts as well so have lots of stuff.). I also want to divide my small rulers into 2drawers because of the weight.

    I used ziploc bags to organize things within each drawer (embroidery needles in one, sharps in another, quilting needles in a third, needle threaders, etc.) The snack size worked well. I also found some smaller bags at Hobby Lobby that worked great, especially for sorting buttons by color and needles by purpose.

    Since this was working so well, I labeled the drawers in my sewing desk (SD-1, etc.), some other cabinets I had, and all of my storage places and spent the couple of days going through all of them and listing those items on their corresponding alphabet page.

    I rediscovered lots of missing items, found some duplicates which I gave to my niece who is starting to quilt, and felt so good about not just cleaning and organizing but also knowing where everything is because of THE NOTEBOOK. I finally figured out that I just can't trust my memory and the "of course I will remember where I put ____________ (fill in the blank).

    I even listed all my rulers and since many are specialty rulers that I don't keep with my regular-use ones and so I keep them in other areas, specified where they are. This also helps when I look at a pattern and wonder if I have the ruler that the pattern calls for.

    It was a lot of work to do but the payoff has been a much neater room AND I know where my "stuff" is.
    Last edited by JanieH; 03-19-2013 at 10:24 AM.

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    I do the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramie bj View Post
    Welcome to the family! I have resorted to making a list as to where I put things when cleaning my area, LOL
    Me too. I figure the small amount of time it takes me to write things down in a notebook will be worth it when it saves hours later. I hang the notebook on the dresser knot my ironing pad is on.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    Some things have permanent places in my sewing room; places where they belong. When I clean, they get put back where they belong. Projects can get lost, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltNama View Post
    Yea, I resemble that cleaning remark. Like you, one day it seems this is the perfect place for that something and the next, well who knows. Organizing is like stringing beads with no knot on the end.........
    I just love the stringing beads part of your post! So true, so true!!
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    Organizing: I did it once each year since we moved here 4 yrs ago. And try to put things away. There are a few things that still don't have a home. And there's the new things I buy. When I can't find something, I call DH-he's a wiz at finding my things. We work as a team trying to keep me organized.

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    I'm this way about absolutely everything. The more necessary or important an item is, the more likely I am to put in some "special" or "safe" place where I will never remember to look! I just can't seem to shake loose of this problem. I need to put a sign on the wall in every room of the house: Before putting it away, ask "Where would I be most likely to look if I needed this?"
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

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    I know the feeling. I know exactly where it was but have no idea where it is.

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    Sort of --but I find that when I organize I can usually find what I want. It's all the little stuff, pouncer, paint sticks, graph paper--I have a place for my fabric, yarn etc. And the small stuff, keeps moving around, with labels. Also things that should have been put away in a specific place sometimes doesn't get put back!
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    WOW, WOW, AND WOW AGAIN. I don't feel so bad at all. I've been trying to get mine organized, set up and still looks like a catchall. Just gonna go to my friends house this afternoon and have a conversation with the Baileys and be done with it.

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    Believe me, you are definitely not alone! When I do organize, it seems that it only takes 10 minutes to destroy what I spent 2 days putting together. I have almost decided to leave it as is!

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    where's the "LIKE" button!?! I agree with all these remarks .....
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    No, I have the same problem. On top of it all I keep on opening up the same old cabinet looking for the items that used to be there. LOL
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    At least I know I'm not living in all this madness alone!...
    I think I have even lost myself a time or two.LOL
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    Yes, How frustrating. I've been trying to clean and organize, then the other night I needed a tape measure. Couldn't find one and still can't! I have 4 or 5 of them, and I think I have them together. I keep thinking of different places to look, to no avail. Drives me crazy! But I found the shirt I lost. Evidently I was going to iron it, but it got buried on the cutting table.
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    You are definitely not alone. There seems to be a tendency, while cleaning, to put something away in the "logical" place, so you are sure to find it the next time it's needed and all of a sudden, it then becomes like the socks in the washing machine. Where did it go?

    Then you have to sit and mentally(sometimes physically) retrace your steps from the last time you remember having the item. It helps most of the time, no guarantees.

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    I spent today looking for the dongle for my embroidery software........my husband and I turned the house upside literally ( will probably have to spend three days sorting it out again) only place I ever have the dongle is on the work surface in the sewing room.....went through every box, cupboard, behind the work units etc.........where did I find it?
    In a carrier bag of shopping in my wardrobe......how it got there I just cannot figure......!!!

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    I always "loose" things in the cleaning process. Maybe that's why I don't do it very often.

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    I think that there's gremlins coming in at night and messing up my space. But it's just me!! I know your pain very well. LOL
    Be kinder than necessary,everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyquiltlover1942 View Post
    I'm still looking for my Thread Heaven from last November!!
    I own at least three of those cute little blue boxes, myself.

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    Someday, I am going to find the "safe" place where I put things and promptly forget where it is!!!!
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    pippie - I think you are so right about the gremlins.............. A friend of mine came to the house today as she was working on a project and wanted to know what I would do...... well told her I had just the right piece of fabric for the project.... went to the sewing room opened the dresser and there right on the top was the pattern and fabric I had been looking for. How could I have not seen it being right on the top as I had looked in there at least 5 times when looking for the pattern and fabric....... gremlins yes........ and they are working overtime at this house.......... lost a rooster that stands at least 15" high 2 years ago at Christmas time and have never found him..... my daughter has looked this house high and low and she can't find him either. Took him off the shelf to put up Christmas decorations and remember saying to myself put him someplace where his tail feathers won't get broken........... never to be seen again. One happy camper to have found the pattern and fabric........ now just need to find the run away rooster.. lol

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    LOL, know the feeling all too well. Stacks of FQs on my shelves for counted fabrics for 3 swaps on different sign up sites of varying cut sizes & each marked with a yellow post-it. All was well until a week later I discovered the post-its didn't stick well. Glad that I had already cut & packaged them so that I don't send dups in the next swaps & could mark FQ stacks again. I use a 10 drawer tall dresser to color code & keep my FQs. I keep yardage cloth in fabric color coded tubs for quick reference & it is a hassle to move them around when I need to get something out or put something away! I finally gave up & cleared a wall to keep site of my rulers. They like to hide under fabric. Down to my last ripper unless I find one of the other 3! Gotta be here somewhere. I learned not to keep my rubbish box under my table, found an expensive ruler in there once. Clean up this place & I'll never find a thing. Yes, indeed, I know how you feel!

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