Organize for 2014!

by Ramona on December 20, 2013

Last week I posted on our Facebook page that I am one of those that must tidy up after one project and start with a clean slate of a sewing room before I can begin the next. I was surprised at the number of those who posted they are the same way. There were a couple whose creativity is amped by working in what they called “creative chaos”. My hats off to them, oh how I wish I could be that way some days when deadlines loom!

Mine is an actual working room with prized great views of a Wisconsin countryside. We moved July of 2012 and I had to immediately get right to work. The room is an old bedroom in the lower level of the house that had green shag carpet (yup!), so I ripped that out and went down to bare concrete floors. Within a couple of days my dear husband put up the racks, peg board and cupboards, set up my quilting frame and machine while I unpacked boxes of threads, stabilizers, cutting notions, books and fabrics. No time to “decorate”. My room has to be very functional. Some day, I swear, I’ll have one of those “pretty” sewing rooms like I see on TV.

I consider myself pretty organized, but I’m always on the lookout for what others have done to organize their sewing studios no matter how large or small. What tidbits of info or a specialty hand-crafted item would make my sewing life even more streamlined and efficient? To me organization is like an accountant putting the numbers in the right place to balance the books. I try to have places for everything, and put everything back in its place (oh how proud my Mother must be!) I am one who “grabs and goes”. I can reach without looking and the tool will be there; that’s how I work. If for some reason I have “misplaced” something, to me then that item is not in its “right” place. If it is not in the first place I look when I find what I’ve been looking for, its new home becomes the first place I looked because after all that is where I looked for it first.

To that end, for 2014, one of my resolutions is to become even more organized so I went on an internet hunt to see what others are doing to get and stay organized.  For me, I think I’ll be adding the scissor stand. Search Pinterest, do a Google image search, Ikea has some great functional baskets and see if organizing your sewing room will help you sew more and get things done more efficiently. I’ve put links below to some things I’ve found (click on the picture to be taken to the web page). Please add to the list by posting your link or post a picture of your sewing room organization. We’d all love to see what you’ve done!

Happy Sewing in 2014!

Sew ‘til next time, enjoy the journey of sewing!

Ramona

 

 

 

 

 

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