August Studio Organizing Challenge

Posted on August 16, 2019 by prairiemoonquilts in Studio Organizing Challenge

June and July blew right by without me even so much as thinking about getting organized!

And picking . . . picking is what I’ve been doing . . . on all the other challenges. I do just a little bit on each one, but nothing has been completely finished. I’ve put away a little bit of fabric, so the piles are smaller, but they’re still there. I haven’t even attempted to organize my thread yet, but I really need to get that done. There are still lots of paper piles, altho I devoted all of yesterday morning to paperwork. I’m still cleaning out the file drawers. And I only have TWO, so what the holdup is, I sure don’t know!

But with back-to-school season upon us, even tho I don’t have any kids to send back to school, I can feel fall coming on, so maybe it’s a good time to pick back up on organizing. Summer just went way too fast!

Last weekend, I needed to do some maintenance on my longarm machine, so while I was at it, I just cleaned the entire room. And wow! It’s like a breath of fresh air in there — it even seems to echo a bit! I want that feeling in the rest of my rooms.

On Monday, I cleaned out the mailing supplies storage closet in my office. And last night, I spent a few minutes trying to clean off my cutting table. And you can’t tell it at all. Why, oh why, can I NOT keep this one surface in some kind of order?

I realize it has to get messy if I’m using it at all, but not this messy. My brain works on new things faster than my hands can. I can’t sew fast enough to keep up with my ownself!

I did really good with it until March, and then it quickly got out of control, and I’ve let it go ever since. So that is our challenge for this month:

Clean off your main work surface

I don’t know about you, but I certainly have my work cut out for me. I also intend to keep chipping away at the previous challenges, since I still have work to do in those areas. Maybe we can all make some good progress before winter gets here, so we’ll be ready to sew unimpeded once the weather starts keeping us indoors again.

What’s YOUR particular challenge when trying to get organized? Or do you have it all under control?

5 responses to “August Studio Organizing Challenge”

  1. JanetD says:

    I discovered a wonderful trick I use often when the main work surface gets too cluttered…I set up a smallish folding table, like from Costco, and start over on the new surface. Then I can turn my back on the other area. Seriously, I can’t function in the continual mess and so spend some time every now and again to straighten up. It doesn’t last long however. Control is an elusive dream for me.

  2. Wanda Marvel says:

    My big issue is I just have too much stuff & I keep buying. Good news is my sister decided she wanted to quilt. Being the good sister I am (I have to keep reminding her I am the good sister) I gave her one of my Viking sewing machine & took her a car load of stuff. I’m going again in a couple of weeks. Only half of car will be quilting stuff rest will be clothes. Getting rid of clothes makes room for more fabric.đŸ˜» Does that defeat the purpose……

  3. Amanda M. says:

    My worst problem since migrating to Uncle’s house with my sewing machine and paraphernalia is my table is now larger so it catches more stuff. The benefit is I can do binding easier; the drawback is it holds a lot more stuff. My other challenge is to not pile fabric on the table where Uncle’s tv is sitting otherwise I accidently block the remote’s eye and he moves my pile which messes up my organization!

  4. Shasta says:

    The trick to it is to keep it clean – straighten up things and leave it the same way or better than you started. Do as I say, not as I do. I am working on cleaning my sewing room too, and am hoping to implement the rule and build better habits throughout the house.

  5. Tonia says:

    I have been trying to clean as I go this year as I work on the pile of UFO. The strangest thing has happened. As I have searched for missing parts other UFO have surfaced. I ask you all–Who does this to us? All this hiding things has got to stop! Good news: I am a bit organized at this stage of 2019. Not so good news: No one but me can tell!

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