Aside from actually using a little bit more of my fabric, I made ZERO progress on getting it reorganized last month. So it’s still on my to-do list, and I hope to get to it soon, but here it is already time for another Studio Organizing Challenge!
While I do intend to keep trying to work on the fabric mess, my challenge this month is going to be:
I have my thread fairly organized, but over the course of time and in the process of using it, it tends to get out of hand, and needs a bit of help to get back under control.
Here’s my colored machine piecing thread (the neutrals, which are mostly cones, all fit into one drawer of my sewing machine cabinet, so that’s where they are). I have a few empty pegs I can fill up with random spools that are scattered around. (Elvis keeps an eye on it for me.) Over the last three years, I have made a giant effort to use up the little odds and ends and have them gone, and it’s worked very well. I used to have three of these racks, and now I’m down to only one that isn’t even completely full — it can be done!
Here’s my longarm thread. It’s on pegboard, mounted on the wall behind my machine, and there’s a spool of every color of the type of thread I use every day (Superior OMNI).
But then . . . I have extras . . . and they are threatening to take over! Most of them are in this drawer:
But the drawer got too full, so now I have them stuffed into the shelves above. And there’s other types of thread in bags and boxes on these shelves!
This cabinet, if not for the thread, would be mostly empty, and could be used for so much more.
So my goal is to do an inventory so that I know what colors I need to stock up on with my next order, and get it organized so that it doesn’t take up quite so much of this cabinet. Then I can put some other things away in the empty spots, which will help.
I have also destashed some cones online a couple different times, and that helps to re-home perfectly good thread that I know I won’t ever use.
If I have time, I might also work on reorganizing my appliqué thread, which shouldn’t take long because it’s in pretty good shape right now. Or tackling my embroidery thread — I have a bag of random pieces that are partly a tangled mess that needs some attention. I’m using those bits and pieces on my embroidery doodle, which I haven’t worked on for quite some time, but need to get back to.
So what’s your challenge with thread? Do you have random spools, bobbins, bits and pieces hiding in dark corners that need to be brought under control? Do you need to concentrate on using up some odds and ends to get rid of them? Do you need to do an inventory, so you know what you have and what you might need to buy more of? Do you need to de-stash or otherwise get rid of thread you know you’ll never use? Do you simply need to find a better or different way to store it?
Let me know what you’re up against in the comments. Hopefully I’ll have a nice clean cabinet to show you before it’s time for next month’s challenge!