Here we go!
Are you all set to dig in on your first task?
I’m excited! I need these challenges probably more than any of you do, and I’ll be doing them right along with you.
Our first task is:
It could be your desk, your sewing machine table, your cutting table, your ironing board . . . whatever flat surface seems to be a catch-all for stuff you just don’t deal with while you’re in the throes of creating.
Do you have piles of fabric scraps left over from making those last-minute Christmas gifts? I do.
Do you have piles of papers on your desk because you’ve been too busy with the holidays to do any paperwork or file any receipts? I do.
Do you use your ironing board for the overflow? I do . . .
While my sewing machine area is actually quite tidy (for whatever freaky reason), and my ironing board is clear at the moment (also very strange), my cutting table is an entirely different story.
So I have chosen to clean up this mess:
Folks, this is my NEW sewing room, that I’ve only been using since October! HOW does this happen????
Please don’t nominate me for Hoarders . . . just yet. Especially since I am actually admitting that I have a problem!
Now the trick here is to clean off this surface, but NOT just pile the stuff elsewhere. We must deal with it and put it away properly or organize it — otherwise, it will just come back next week to plague us.
So first, I’m going to sort the piles that are on here into their various projects or purposes.
Then I’m going to put them away or find a home for each project.
Your task is to do the same . . .
And then leave a comment here telling me you did it and how wonderful it made you feel!
If all your surfaces are already clean, then I’m sure we’re all happy for you, and seriously wondering how you do it — and you can still leave a comment to that effect to be eligible for the prizes at the end. We can probably all use some über-organized person to model ourselves after.
My grandmother was one of those people, and try as I might, I just can’t get as organized as she always was. Why did I not get that gene?
I’ll update this post later with some after pictures, once I get my cutting table back under control. Maybe some “during” pictures, too . . .
Good luck to all of us . . . I’m heading in . . .
Well, here’s my update, and I sure do feel better!
You might argue that it’s still piled, but . . .
The piles that are left are my 4 current projects. The 4 that have to be done soonest.
And my tool caddies are always out on top, keeping all my most-used utensils right at hand:
And my sketchbooks and notebooks are always at the ready. The two on the left are for ideas. I use the top one for doodling, and the bottom one for sketching out more concrete plans. The two on the right are for pattern writing. I use the top one for drafting the pattern pieces, and the bottom one is where I write out the instructions and make notes. (I don’t design on the computer. These 4 books are my “Design Central”.)
I’m really hoping this increases productivity. Thanks for all the comments letting me know how you did with this task. We can all get some good ideas from each other, and
letting you all shame me into cleaning up the inspiration and motivation always helps, doesn’t it?