I’ll warn you right now . . . this post is gonna get a bit long-winded! I have a lot of organizing to talk about today. (Cos it’s easier to talk about it than actually do it, right? Haha!)
I got my cabinet from last month’s challenge cleaned out:
I removed several tops waiting to be quilted, and took out that box that was on the bottom shelf. I still need to find a good place for the box, but it won’t be inside the cabinet . . .
You guys were right — there’s a lot of pretty fabric in here! And I’m so anxious to cut into some of it, but so far this year, I have not yet started one single new project, and I’m trying to keep that going for as long as I can. I have a few more big projects to get off my cutting table, and maybe then — we’ll see.
Speaking of the cutting table, here’s its current state as of the writing of this post:
It’s a little better than last month, but not a whole lot. Four large projects have disappeared from its surface, and I’ve done a lot of scrap processing, but I still have a long way to go for it to be cleared.
And once again this month, that’s not what I’m tackling!
This month’s challenge is brought to us by reader, Susie. She wants us to:
Susie elaborates: “The one that you just hang on to, really don’t know what to do with it, there isn’t enough to do anything with it … and in my case — the sentimental attachment I placed on it. What was it? Finding Nemo flannel remnants from the pajama pants my daughter made in high school. She graduated in 2006. I will spare you the novel of memories I associated with the pile of scraps. I took a deep breath. And I started cutting squares to add to a rag quilt. Those little fishees are going to make someone smile, hopefully bring some comfort and joy. And that is a much better and more noble use for the fabric than just sitting on the shelf and being the object of my sentimental attachment!”
And here’s what she did with “that fabric”!
Susie went on to add: “Quick note about the rag quilt — I had a bag of 4 1/2 inch flannel squares cut out and waiting in a zip top bag. I think I was going to just sew them into a Trip Around The World style quilt. Who knows. I thought it would be a great idea to use them in a rag quilt with the Finding Nemo flannel because there really wasn’t enough fabric of either and I wasn’t going to buy more fabric to finish the project.
Note to self and others. Do not make a rag quilt with blocks of 4 1/2 inches. It takes forever, I mean FOREVER to clip all those seams. And on top of that, it makes a HUGE, I mean HUMONGOUS amount of fuzz. Areas of my house look like I spilled colored cupcake sprinkles all over the floor. Hahaha!”
So not only did she use up “that fabric”, she also used up a bag of cut squares she had laying around, and now she has a cute finished quilt to gift to someone. Win win! Thank you, Susie, for the challenge!
So how about you? Do you have a “that fabric”? A piece you’ve been procrastinating on using or cutting into because of a sentimental attachment or some other reason? I’m gonna have to look around — I probably do. And as My Cowboy always says: “Why??? You know, they make more!” And really, using the old one up and having it out of the way will only make room for something new and more fabulous, right? Plus, if you throw in some extras like Susie did, you’ll get rid of even more stuff taking up space, and have a finished project to show for it! I think it’s a great idea. Now, to see if I can actually pull this off without starting something new — that’ll be the trick!
Before I go, I have a couple more things . . .
Jeni Baker, of In Color Order, has been doing a series on Studio Organizing on her blog, and she has a couple articles out already, with more on the way. Her first post was “Tips for Keeping Your Sewing Table Organized and Clutter Free” (which I guess I should pay special attention to!), and her second article was “Tips for Storing Projects in Progress (WIPs)” (guess I could kinda sorta use that one, too, huh?). LOTS of good ideas and suggestions, so you might want to go check it out, and bookmark it so you can find her upcoming articles on organizing as well.
And I said last month that I’d talk a little about my trackers, so here’s my take on that. I have learned a lot! I’ve said before how I have to turn things into a game for myself, or they won’t get done. This is a good game for me. I keep trying to see how much I can get done every month.
Here’s my last 3 months worth:
You can see I started off all gung-ho, then it sort of tapered off. Evidence suggests that I’m really having a hard time with the paper clutter! Haha! But I will say that even with only accomplishing 27-29% on the paper issues for the last two months, I’ve made some progress!
The knitting challenge was because I was trying to finish my Temperature Scarf, but I ran out of one of the colors and had to reorder, and the mail is slower than usual right now, so that got me all stymied, then I missed the challenge deadline (it’s on my APQ Resolution list), so I kinda gave up on it in favor of more important things. And because I took it off the list, I don’t think I’ve knitted a single stitch the entire month of May so far! So the trackers do work for me. They keep things top of mind, even if I can’t always get to them every day.
I’ve been doing the best on scrap processing — I’m on a mission to get rid of all the random boxes and bags of scraps around my studio, and I have sure made a dent in them, with more to go (but I also keep unearthing bags I didn’t know I had). This is still on my tracker because, even if it takes me all year, I want to accomplish this huge thing for myself. It’s on my 2020 Project List to get my fabric stash under control once and for all.
Let’s talk about that second item from February for a minute — the “get rid of 5 things a day” one — I did pretty good with that, and let’s do the math. I did 23 days of this one. 23 days — 5 things a day — I got rid of 115 things out of my house! It made a big difference! And it was contagious, because My Cowboy also started to get rid of some things he doesn’t need, too. We have a pile ready to go to a farm auction this summer, we’ve given things away, sold some things, and I’m sure there were weeks the trash man probably wondered what the heck we’d been doing around here! I’m happy about that one, and I may do it again in a future tracker. And here’s one big thing I learned: It’s easy at first, but the longer you do it, the harder it is to keep finding things to get rid of!
So all the above drivel is to say . . . the trackers make it into a game for me, and it keeps me on track to do certain things that I might not do otherwise. Have you tried trackers? Do they help you? (If you want a copy of my tracker sheet I’m using, you can find it HERE.)
So there you have it for this month . . . a new challenge, thanks to Susie, and a few things to mull over. I hope your May is going well — have a great rest of the month — it’s gonna be JUNE before we can blink! Yikes!
And if you have a suggestion for an organizing challenge we should tackle in the future, let me know!