Are you on an organizing roll?
You did great yesterday!
I also see that several of you succumbed to the “Oh, look! Squirrel!” syndrome, and got distracted by starting new projects — ahem — Rose Marie. It’s OK — I’m with you — I have to admit, I started a new one my ownself. And I’ll repeat what a wise old friend of mine used to say: “There’s a fine line between hobby and mental illness!”
You can see my progress at the tail end of yesterday’s post. I went back and updated it with what I got accomplished. And I am feeling very accomplished. Doesn’t a clean work surface always inspire better creativity and productivity? It does for me, so you’d think I’d learn to just keep it that way. And it’s why I couldn’t resist starting a new project — that clean space was just begging for it!
I think part of the problem is that creativity is also very messy, at least for me!
Are you ready for today’s task?
Let me elaborate, though, on what “stash” can include . . .
It’s not just fabric, although that may be the first thing that comes to mind — it’s usually the first thing I think of when I hear the word stash, and when it does, it usually makes me cringe!
But stash can also be . . .
A stash of thread . . .
A stash of books or magazines . . .
A stash of notions, tools, or supplies . . .
A stash of office supplies . . .
And yes, a stash of fabric, in whatever form it takes.
So today, just pick one of those things to work on. I’m choosing the one that is bothering me the most today — and yes, that does happen to be my fabric stash. But if I get myself in motion, it just might cover an extra thing or two.
I got my thread stash organized back when I moved into my new sewing room in October. My longarm thread is on this big pegboard:
You’ll notice that there is no pink, purple, or red on this rack, and that’s because I need a second one, which I will install when I move all this upstairs into the new room I am preparing for the longarm. Right now, the extra is in a drawer, but it IS organized.
My applique thread is in this box:
OK, OK, these boxes — I have to be truthful, and admit that it takes more than one box to hold all my applique thread:
My embroidery thread is in these boxes (yes, it takes 4 of them):
Right now, these are all stashed beside my cozy chair downstairs where I do all my hand stitching, but they will eventually move upstairs, too.
And my miscellaneous thread is on this rack beside my sewing machine area in my new sewing room:
My books and magazines are scattered everywhere right now. Lots of them are still packed in boxes from when we moved in here exactly 2 years ago. I’m still waiting to get the upstairs finished and rearranged before I unpack them and decide what to do with them.
I’ve really missed some of the ones I use for reference, and did dig through some of the boxes to find certain ones, but there are others I could and should probably part with, if I haven’t used them in this long!
I’ve been planning to organize my drawers of tools and notions ever since I moved into the new sewing room, but just haven’t taken the time yet. Maybe I’ll tackle these today, too.
Office supplies . . . well . . . there is a horrible aftermath of the holiday shipping season in my office, but I’m too embarrassed to show it to you. Just take my word for it. My sister even commented on it when she was here last. I could only nod in agreement. Pathetic . . .
I may have to deal with that today, too. It’s bothering me.
But back to the fabric stash . . .
I have my fabric sorted into tubs by color. I’m going through them all, one by one, and sorting and refolding it, and getting it organized. Because . . . when you are working, and you are looking through your stash for fabric over the course of the year, and you remove the lid from an organized bin . . .
The contents expand! Have you noticed that? It’s like the air gets to it, and it just balloons up, and then the lid never fits back on. How does it work like that? I can’t understand it.
But my goal is to get the lids to all fasten back on, even after putting away all the stray pieces that are hanging out around the studio. I’m also cutting up all the smaller pieces to fit into my pre-cut shapes bins, or into my strings bucket, or into my “pieces for tiny applique” baskets, which are all neatly organized right here in the shelves in the end of my cutting table:
I won’t get it all done in one day, but I hope to create some momentum that helps me get it done sometime soon.
My purples are finished and fit neatly into their tub (and the lid fits):
The greens are another matter entirely — they are taking up a tub and a half, and the lids won’t fit on either one! These may be the ones I tackle today.
My other goal is to not spend so much time on this that I end up doing only that, and never get any sewing done — it’s a delicate balance . . .
What is your goal for this task?
Which stash will you choose to organize today?
Which one is really bothering you?
What part of your stash would you like to have organized to start out 2015 with?
Pick a stash, any stash, and work on it today. Then leave a comment letting us all know how it went.
I wish us all luck, and speedy stash organizing. I’ll be back with some updates, and can’t wait to see what you all get accomplished today!
And there’s still one more task tomorrow!
Here’s my update:
I did not tackle my green fabric bins at all — even though I meant to!
The thing that was most bothering me was the pile of shipping supplies in the office. They were everywhere. And I didn’t get any before pictures.
But here’s my after picture:
Take my word for it, that entire corner was piled with boxes and packing material, gift bags, tissue paper, and all number of other things I’d just pitched into the pile.
There were even lots of boxes scattered in other places up here, so I gathered those up, too, and have them all neatly stacked and ready to use now. (I need to get a door on that storage closet — I’m planning to hang a curtain across the opening to hide it all.)
I also did a quick once-over and made a list of things I need to re-stock, such as padded envelopes and packing tape. This feels so much better!
And . . . I’m still going to tackle those green fabric bins before the 5th!