Here we are on the last day of 2014.
And we have come to our final task of the Final Countdown.
You all are doing some great things to your sewing spaces! I love hearing about it, because it inspires me, too.
I told a friend that I feel like a hypocrite giving organizing advice, since I’m one of the most disorganized people I can think of!
But then again, when you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t like to get your advice from a skinny person who’s never been fat, right? You want someone who can empathize . . . well, when it comes to disorganization, I can sure empathize . . . by example, even!
Here’s our third and final task:
Every year, I end up at this point with the same darn messes over and over and no clear plan in place to keep them from happening again the next year.
What I want us to do today is choose something to do that helps keep things organized, and make it something that can be done regularly. Make that into a habit that you do every so often — monthly, weekly, even daily — and put it into your calendar or to-do list and do it — to help keep your space a little bit neater and help you be more productive.
I get to sew every day all day long (what a blessing), but I know some of you who have jobs outside the home only have limited time for sewing (because that’s how it used to be for me).
Just think, if you keep things in order all the time, it would save you time when you do finally get into your sewing space so that you can get right to stitching, instead of having to clear a space to do it, or look for a missing tool, or gather up all the parts and pieces of your project. A novel idea, right?
I also understand the dilemma of having to share your sewing space with other household functions (or household members) — mine used to be the kitchen table. Well, you need the kitchen table for meals every day, too, so you’re always moving stuff back and forth.
Perhaps, in this case, the best habit to adopt is to make a way to clear the area easily and put things back. A tote with everything needed for the project all in one place. Just move the tote to the table, set up your space, work, and then put it all back in the tote.
As you change projects, you can change the tote’s contents. But it would sure beat having to search high and low for all the project’s pieces every time you want to work on it. Ask me how I know this!
I personally have several things I could choose from, and I might try more than one, to see if I can make more than one good habit stick this next year.
I keep a little basket for leftover fabric scrap pieces I want to put away, or sort into my scrap system. Sometimes, I let the basket get a little too full — OK, OK, it literally overflows, who am I kidding?
Here’s a picture of it from the end of 2010. See? I do it every year!
I want my new habit to be cleaning out that basket every week, so that it never gets out of control. And I did it on the first day of the Final Countdown — see it now? Please don’t take any bets on if I can keep it this way . . . but I’m going to try to develop the new habit of taking care of it each week.
And it fits nicely right here on the shelf in the end of my cutting table:
I also have a really bad habit of piling any new magazines or books I get in really inconvenient places when I first get them. I tell myself this is so I will remember that I haven’t read them.
If I’m going to continue to do this (and I probably am, knowing me), I want my new habit to be dealing with them every week. First, I need a new temporary holding area that is in a good spot. Then I’d like to spend a little time each week reading or going through them, and then find them a new permanent home.
I also need to develop the habit of dealing with paper and paperwork on a daily basis (even every other day would be a vast improvement), so I might try that one, too. Whaddaya wanna bet I could throw nearly half of it away and never miss it? Here’s my current pile (which is about half the size it was this time last year, so I am slowly improving):
So . . . there’s your task —
What new habit would you like to develop?
What new habit would help you be more productive with your creating?
What new habit would keep the crazies at bay, every time you sit down to sew?
What new habit would make your sewing life easier?
You realize, the first time you do the habit, it might take some time, and it might be difficult?
However, once you get it under control, and it becomes a regular habit, each time you do it will be easier and easier.
For instance, my setting up a system to deal with the paper may take me a while at the start, but once I have it set up, it should be easy to maintain. I’m sure once it becomes a habit, I’ll wonder why I didn’t adopt that habit sooner!
What I’d also like for you to do in the comments (or in your own blog post) is tell everyone what your new habit is going to be. This way, we can all get lots of organizing tips from each other. Lots of you have some great ideas, and if we all share them, we’ll all benefit!
I’ve updated my post from yesterday with what I got accomplished (which was not what I expected to get done). I still have plans to do more.
We have until Monday (the 5th) to finish all these tasks. That’s when I’ll draw for the prizes. Be sure and leave your comments on the posts to be eligible for the prizes (because I won’t even know you’re playing along if you don’t leave a comment).
If you’d like to join me all year long for some mini-organizing tasks, check in tomorrow. I’m starting a Studio Organizing Challenge — one organizing task each week, to help make our sewing spaces into places we love even more than we do now!
I’m doing this more for myself than anyone, but I’m inviting you to join me. I think having you all along for the ride will inspire me to do better (and make me a bit more accountable). There are no prizes for the weekly challenges, but we will end up the year with yet another rendition of The Final Countdown, which will have prizes, as usual.
Check in tomorrow for all the details . . .
Now, go pick your new habit and let us all know what it is!