How did you do yesterday? Are you still working on your stash?
I am. I’m working on scraps daily, and will be for awhile.
The sad thing is, I keep finding big pieces among the scraps that should go into the bins, but the bins are all full, so I have an overflow box for right now. That’s one of my first big goals: to not have to have that overflow box any more.
I’ve also cut out three quilts in the last four days, just to try to use some of it up. Now to find that extra sewing time — because until I get it made into quilts, it’s still just fabric laying around!
But now it’s time for our second task of the Final Countdown. Today we’re going to:
I have two flat surfaces that are major catch-alls. One is the cutting table in my sewing room:
I’ve been showing you a weekly shot of this surface, and it’s slowly getting better, even if you can’t tell it from this current picture, taken this morning. I still have a lot of work to do. It still just looks like a garbage heap.
The other is the mailing counter in my office, which is also where I do some of my art, and if I need a large area to spread out and work (say, for planning projects or designing), this is where that happens:
Or NOT, as the case looks to be right now!
It’s supposed to look like this, but the aftermath of a crazy year has taken its toll:
My goal is to get both of these surfaces completely cleared off and set up for maximum productivity going into 2017. I will feel so much better.
Do you have any flat surfaces that seem to catch anything and everything that you either don’t have time to deal with, or don’t know what to do with?
The trick to clearing these surfaces is not to just move the piles elsewhere, but to deal with the stuff that is in the piles. Throw it away, put it away, give it away, send it where it’s supposed to go, use it up, or find a spot for it if it’s something you need to keep or use. Don’t just move it somewhere else where you’ll only have another mess, or still have to deal with it later. (I’m really good at that! It needs to stop.)
I have cleaned both of these surfaces, but they always return to the same kind of mess in record time. I need to clear them once and for all, and come up with a system for keeping them clear.
So here are my goals going forward:
1) Clear these two surfaces off by dealing with the things that are on them, and not just moving them elsewhere to have to be dealt with later.
2) Keep the surfaces clear every day from now on. I’m going to try to follow my friend, Barb’s, advice, and clean it off every night when I’m done working for the day. It will be so refreshing to walk in every morning to a nice clean table!
Here are some tips for getting them clear (and trust me, I desperately need to practice what I preach here):
So what are your plans for your flat surfaces?
Which flat surface seems to cause your biggest problems?
How will you be dealing with this going forward?
Or are you already like my friend, Barb, and you do this every day? This is the person I want to be!
What about you? What will this task make you look at and change, if anything?
I can’t wait to hear your plans and ideas!
We’ll have one more task tomorrow, so be sure to check back in!