I have a strong discomfort with disorganization in my personal life. The longer things go disorganized, the more anxious I get about it. I need order. I love a good purging of a closet or storage space. Pack rat, I am not. My husband is a “collector of memories” as I like to say. The solution is that he gets a “man room” to do with as he wishes… a place to display all his memorabilia (since I can’t convince him that a cracked mug from Jamaica or a armless Grecian soldier statue should probably be disposed of) 😉
Anyway, after I had accrued multiple patterns that accumulated into a massive pile in my desk drawer and fabric that was thrown on the shelf or in a heap next to it, I needed to find an alternative solution. It was literally driving me mad. Enter hanging files/filing cabinet and a word document that catalogued my orders/fabric stash.
I’m almost too embarrassed to post the before picture, but in the spirit of full disclosure here it is:
I gathered up all my fabric (washed, unwashed, partially cut and not yet used) and measured it all. Then I recorded it in a document for future reference (separated by knit, woven, PUL, fleece, linings, etc) and carefully folded the fabric and reorganized it on my shelf again by type of fabric. Shockingly, I didn’t arrange the fabric by color scheme too, but admittedly I was just too tired. I also moved the books to another shelf.
I also went through my patterns and labeled a hanging file folder for each one and placed them in a file box that was hanging out in a closet unused. I also used a few drawer dividers to organize my desk drawers for things like scissors, pins, chalk, etc.
SO. MUCH. BETTER. I think you’ll agree.
Oh, and I put all my larger scraps in a box and smaller scraps in a reusable bag. I have been given some ideas for small scraps such as putting them in trees for birds to use for their nests or to throw them in a pillowcase and sew it shut for dogs at the shelter. I can’t wait to take some pillows for some sweet dogs that need homes. I wish we could bring one home with us, but I don’t think we are quite ready yet after losing our pup to cancer last year.
I’m glad I was able to organize it all because I have lots of plans for the week. There’s a new Project Run & Play challenge now that it’s March. I also want to participate in a sew-along for Create Kids Couture, a company that makes some great patterns with easy to follow instructions. I’ve started cutting out the patterns and fabrics for several projects.
In the meantime, I’m still waiting (not so patiently) for this baby to arrive. 🙂 I knit a hat and sewed up a cute newborn dress (in case it’s a girl) last week, so I will post those as soon as the little one introduces his/herself.
Have a happy Monday and a great week!!! We are going to enjoy our warm weather this week!