Time for another organizing task already?!?! How did you do with cleaning out a drawer?
I got a bit carried away. I actually cleaned out about 25 drawers! I went through all the drawers in all my rolling carts, which is why this UFO got downsized into a mini:
And this UFO got the edges added to it and finished into a top:
You can read more about them HERE.
And I got all my pre-cut scraps organized into the new rolling cart!
The system I had was working OK, but it had gotten to the point where none of the lids would fit on the tiny bins any more, and it was becoming difficult for me to put scraps away, which means . . . I wasn’t doing it, and that’s where part of my mess was coming from.
This cart’s drawers hold more than the bins, and it’s much easier to slide a drawer open to take out or put in pieces. And I was able to put projects in the empty bins and put them on the shelves to keep them off my cutting table, yet still easy to access so I can work on them.
I also have two drawers that are holding all my prepared bindings for quilts in my to-be-quilted pile. Someday I hope to have that down to just one partial drawer! I have close to 70 quilt tops of my own that need quilting, and no time to do them.
I’ve cleaned and organized so much over the last couple years, that I’m now down to things I will be keeping or working on, so I realized that if they’re staying, they need to be easy to use, easy to work on, and easily organized. So that’s the stage of the game I’m in.
I still have a lot of stuff I’m trying to use up, downsize, and finish, but it will take a while, and in the meantime, I still want to be more organized, so I’m working toward that.
When you first start organizing and decluttering, it’s easy, because there is usually a lot of stuff, and you can make quick decisions about so much of it. I’ve discovered that as you get further into it, it becomes more difficult, because the things that are left have harder decisions associated with them, or things need to be done, or it’s something you’re using still, or all kinds of reasons it’s not time or you’re not able to get rid of them yet, if ever.
All of which has led me to this month’s second organizing task:
For an entire month!
For the next 30 days, get rid of or use up ONE item a day that is taking up space in your studio (or even your house, for that matter).
A year ago, I challenged myself to get rid of 5 things a day for an entire month. I got rid of 150 items from my house in that month, and it made a HUGE difference! I was amazed! I was also amazed that at the beginning, it was super easy, but by the end of the month, I was having more trouble finding 5 things each day.
But I’m ready to try it again. I’ve stated the task as ONE thing each day, but if you feel the urge to do more, then by all means, do more. I hope to do more than one, but at least one is the goal.
Over the next 30 days, as you do this, keep a tally of the number of items you get rid of, and next time, we can report in with how many things we cleared out of our spaces. Are you in? I’m excited to see how much more progress I can make.
And next challenge, I’ll be back, with a story about soap . . .