Did having an entire month to tackle an annoying and bothersome pile make a difference in your life?
I have to admit, it feels so much better in my longarm room with all the batting scraps put away.
I’ve already dipped into them for a few pieces to use on small projects, and it was so easy to just read those tags and know exactly which size pieces I could use! You can read more about how I tackled my mess HERE.
I’ve done a lot of other types of cleaning, sorting, and purging as well, and it’s slowly making a difference. Things are starting to feel better. Other times, I get discouraged because it’s going slower than I’d like, but it didn’t get out of control in just a week — I can’t expect to get it reclaimed that fast! I still have some major piles to deal with.
If you haven’t yet, I’d like to recommend that you go back to January’s Studio Organizing Challenge post, and read the comments. It’s so interesting to see what you guys decided to tackle, and where your problem areas are. And some were downright funny! My favorite quote, from reader Leona:
Several of you are doing some considerable downsizing, some of you are still dealing with flat surface issues (still a constant battle for me), and sooo many of you decided to deal with all the paper. I hope you were all able to make some progress with your chosen problem area.
So are you ready for this month’s challenge? For me, it’s a big one:
Sounds simple enough, right? And I’ve made huge strides in doing exactly that over the last couple years, but it’s still not the way I want it. Some of you may have a head start on this, since you chose to start dealing with it last month.
My main problem here is simply that I have too much. Still. And I’ve used a LOT of fabric just this year already, trying to finish up some quilts. Making backings from my stash has helped a lot!
Here’s the current situation with mine:
But then there’s this:
All of this fabric still needs to be put away in those bins, but those bins are all full. I want my entire stash to fit into these bins — that’s my ultimate goal. And eventually, I’d like to have fewer bins, too. And this will also help me with my goal of having clear floors in my entire house!
Furthermore, I’ve also discovered that when I’m looking for background fabrics, I still have to look through every bin because I’ve sorted them that way. I need a bin that’s dedicated to pieces I would most likely use as backgrounds — a low-volume bin, if you will — I think that will make me much more productive and less annoyed with my storage situation.
So I’m giving myself a month to work on this. Is this also a problem for you? I’m starting here:
That should get us started on getting the fabric in some sort of order, because really — how can you use it, if you aren’t even sure what you have?
Leave a comment and let us all know what you’re dealing with, and if you have any good ideas on how to deal with it — those are especially welcome. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing with mine!