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Thread: Your Fave Way to Organize

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    Your Fave Way to Organize

    I still have a relatively small stash since I'm recently back into the quilting/sewing scene. What I own at the moment would fill just one dresser and a half, perhaps. That said, I love to buy fabric.

    I am wondering about how to make the room work better, particularly storage. What are some of your favorite ways to store what you have in such a way that you can find it? I can't handle being able to see everything out in the open, but I do like some on display. I am only creative when surfaces are clear and
    I have a place for everything.

    Please chiime in with some of your favorite organizers, containers, closet systems, etc. I love to organize things.
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    I have a nice shelved cupboard with doors that I keep my fabric stash in. My stash is all on the mini bolts and I sometimes just like to open the doors and admire my beauties. I have a big section of peg board behind my machine table that I keep all my rulers, scissors, rotary cutters etc. on.

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    I have shelving in closets. One closet holds big pieces for backings, flannels, fleece and batting. The other closet holds colors and strips. I use clear plastic bins so I can easily see which bin to pull when I need something. Everything is neatly folded in the color bins so I can pick through when I'm looking for a particular value etc.. My strips are broken down into 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 and 1 1/2. Those are broken down into colored and neutrals. I've got separate bins for bindings, HST, squares, whatever else is leftover from completed projects.

    The bins stack neatly and when I open the closet there is order. We each work best in different environments. I prefer everything in it's place so that other than the project I'm currently working on, there is order, neatness and beauty in my sewing space.

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    A bookcase and ruler folding work great for me. I didn't understand what difference ruler folding made until I tried it.

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    I don't have closets big enough to put my stash in. Only because I have a small house. My stash is on shelving and in clear containers.

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    I keep my stash on comic boards and stored in cabinets. Love my peg board for hanging rulers and tools.

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    I have had my stash in boxes and totes on shelves and stacked wherever I could find a spot, I also did the mini bolts. I now have a bookcase dedicated to just my fabric and ruler folded. I like it the best since I can see everything and select what I want and it stays nice and neat.

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    All of my 'stuff' has a place. Stuff isn't always in its place, so my favorite way to organize is to sit like Queen Bee and direct hubby and granddaughter to put the 'stuff' back in its place . Seriously though, their help is invaluable and after a big project, they are always willing to help put the 'stuff' away .

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    We bought 6 unfinished kitchen cabinets and stacked them3 high. They are obviously not finished ,yet (nor is the floor)
    I think we're just going to go all the way to the ceiling with oak
    It's in a spot of the house where 'something' was needed - what could be better than fabric storage?
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    RugosaB, your six sets of upper cabinets stacked three high is one of the very best options for storage, IMHO. It will provide accessibility without lifting heavy totes, protection against light and dust damage, neatness for storage, and flexibility for storage methods. Congrats! In fact, I wish that I had done this a dozen years ago when we were remodeling our home. I hadn't been sewing that much at the time and didn't even consider having my own sewing area. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb on my part....

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    I have a cabinet that dh suggested we buy (matches our tv stand/cabinet) for my fabric. I thought about using those comic book boards. However, decided I'd rather the space be taken up by material than boards. I have fat quarters and 2 1/2" strips on the top shelf, material on it's side (looks like a lot of books standing up) on the second shelf (like colors together). Good luck with your storage dilemma.
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    All my quilting fabric is ruler folded and put into drawers, according to background colors. Fabric is on edge in the drawer, this way I can see what is exactly in the drawer, without messing the remaining fabrics up. Thread is sorted into small plastic totes, according to color or colors, like white and off white, brown and beige, etc.

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    Since I am in a one bedroom apartment, I have to make the most out of my space. I bought a flat board from Ikea, and the legs that screw on. I have my laptop on the top, and a ironing board that is to the right. I have my thread in a plastic container, and tools in containers. I have fabric in labeled clear sweater containers under the desk, next to the dog house. to the left, I have more containers .. I like being surrounded by the colors, and am forced to keep things in order, as it is all in my living room.. I have shelves attached to the wall above the desk that I have containers, or books that I use. I am missing a design wall.. I tried to lay out an additions quilt, and the dog thought I was invading his space. He brought his chew over, and started rolling all over it.. Ughhh

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    One thing I have done is to buy swimming noodles. I roll my pellons, insul-brite and the like on them, then use straight pins to keep in place. Makes it so much easier to keep them contained. I also, have a shoe rack (the one with little squares) & i keep my FQ's & 1/2 yard pieces it it. Just the right size to hold several of each. I also, keep all my yardage in cabinets with doors. You will find lot's of good ideas on here.
    Good luck & have fun growing your stash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB View Post
    We bought 6 unfinished kitchen cabinets and stacked them3 high. They are obviously not finished ,yet (nor is the floor)
    I think we're just going to go all the way to the ceiling with oak
    It's in a spot of the house where 'something' was needed - what could be better than fabric storage?
    Wonderful Idea.

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    RugosaB....I wholeheartedly agree with the comments directed at you as well...an amazing idea...and odd cabinets or discontinued models would not be too expensive. I HAD TO LAUGH AT YOUR LAST LINE....and nope...I don't know that "feeling" either....lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by kay carlson View Post
    RugosaB, your six sets of upper cabinets stacked three high is one of the very best options for storage, IMHO. It will provide accessibility without lifting heavy totes, protection against light and dust damage, neatness for storage, and flexibility for storage methods. Congrats! In fact, I wish that I had done this a dozen years ago when we were remodeling our home. I hadn't been sewing that much at the time and didn't even consider having my own sewing area. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb on my part....
    I must admit this is the NEAT area of storage. My two boys moved out in Dec '12, and the oldest, who bought a house, said it's big enough that his gold clubs can have their own room.
    I told him, "Well now, my fabric gets its own room!"
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

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    I absolutely love that wall of stacked upper cabinets!

    I have a lot of closet space in my laundry room so I put shelving units in there to store fabric. I used to sew in the adjoining storage closet when we moved into this house 12 years ago. Since then I've moved to a combination quilting room/guest room and a few months ago into a dedicated room but I'm leaving my stash in the laundry room because it works so well for me.

    I do have one dresser in my quilting room where I store my "rainbow" stash by color on comic boards. I don't like to have too much fabric in view as I find it distracting, but I sure do love pulling open those drawers!

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    I have an old metal filing cabinet with drop down doors that is almost as tall as the ceiling. I have used this cabinet for various storage thru out the years. Its ugly, big and heavy to move. Didnt want to throw it out yet, so i just covered it with some wood grain contact paper and am using that to store my fabrics, boxes of scraps, sewing items threads etc. I dont have a closet in this room which was the orignal living room at one time. Now it is my girlie cave with some storage. It works .

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    I have a wardrobe cubbard that I keep most of my stash in I put dividers that I cut from cardboard to seperate the fabrics and I have some in tubs on the bottom shelf. I have scraps in tubs on another shelf. I have flannels and batting on top of the wardrobe. It is a very small room and it is full

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    Wish I could remember the name of the book, but at our local library, in among the quilting books is a book on sewing room storage. Lots of ideas, how to set up and get the most of your space.

    Just like in a kitchen you have a work triangle, so you will need one in your sewing room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB View Post
    We bought 6 unfinished kitchen cabinets and stacked them3 high. They are obviously not finished ,yet (nor is the floor)
    I think we're just going to go all the way to the ceiling with oak
    It's in a spot of the house where 'something' was needed - what could be better than fabric storage?

    Where did you get them? Do they make them prefinished?

    I have 7 bookcases. The colors are stored together. The multicolor are stored by style. Solids are another group.Name:  south wall fabric1.jpg
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    I'm thinking I'd like doors on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    Where did you get them? Do they make them prefinished?
    I just asked my husband, and neither of us can remember, Lowe's or Home Depot. If you wanted some finished, any company that sells kitchen cabinets would have them, in many styles.
    I have to say it's been fun seeing the positive responses to my idea. My husband STILL thinks it's a dumb idea, but did it because I have my ways of getting what I want, though he does think I'm a bit crazy. Now, he thinks you are too!

    Love how all your fabric is so....neat. One thing about doors, I can just close them. Out of sight, out of mind
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

    It's not how fast you sew, it's how well you sew fast! Wait, I think that's supposed to be MOW!

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    When we remodeled our kitchen, we used TOP kitchen cabinets on the bottom in order to fit the narrow wall in a couple of areas. (There is a pantry door to the right) If I was dreaming of a sewing room re-do with kitchen cabinets, I would use TOP wall cabinets as the base cabinets. They take up less floor space and you really dont need the standard depth unless you plan on using a standard size counter top as a cutting area. If that was the case, then I would decide how long the cutting area would be and just "bump" that length out using standard base cabinets fir the cutting area. I find when there is too much depth for storage, it takes up too much floor space. The countertop can be customized to fit the various depths. Hmmmm....now to convince my hubby to get busy! LOL!

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