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11 July 2010

Digging out . . .

I have reached the end of my rope with my sewing room. It is too messy, even for me. It's become a catch-all room: books, stitching supplies, wedding stuff. My wedding dress is on the back of the door, and every time I have to go in, I keep shoving it, and that is probably not good for the dress. So I've started purging.

I have made the painful decision that I will no longer kit things up. I say painful, because I have an issue going into what I have, mainly because it's disorganized, but also because I like to have a "cushion" of floss. I usually just go to the store and kit up new. The result of which is that I have been finding bags of floss that I have no idea what they were bought for. So . . . since I have too much floss with no defined purpose, I'll just use what I have. I've been starting to do that anyway, looking in my stash before heading to the craft store. I'm finding that it's not so bad. I'm working on sorting and winding all that floss, and putting it in the boxes, so that I have it where I need it, no fuss, no muss, no disorganization. It's going to be hard, but I can do it.

I'm organizing my fabric again, and keeping it all together. No more stuffing things in random boxes. I want to be able to want something, and then go find it, exactly where it is supposed to be. That is my goal.

I've already made some good strides. I went through a bag of mail that had been sitting around in there since I moved in. It was full of appeals from animal welfare organizations. The problem is, you donate to one group, you get appeals from everyone, and it could get expensive, but they kept mailing me stuff. I kept them because usually they have notecards or address labels on them and I didn't want to waste them. Well, I went through them. As bad as I feel about using the cards and not giving them a donation, I told myself that I can't donate to everyone, and maybe next year, I can start doing it again. So I pulled out the free things, and put the paperwork in the trash. I put my recipes all together; I bought a recipe card holder for the kitchen a couple weeks ago, and they're all getting put in there. I was happy about that. I consolidated bags of half-finished projects.

I need another storage unit, something a bit classier than plastic, maybe a dresser or a desk. That way, I can store my books away (HTB asked if I traded them in when I was done reading. I told him only the ones that really stunk, LOL), set up my sewing machine and work neatly. We are also going to get rid of the pull out couch. I'd rather have the futon in there, or an easy chair. It's going to come together. I've decided that; before Christmas, my room will be gorgeous!

6 comments:

Annie said...

Good for you. I was just looking at all the assorted stuff I have that needs to be sorted. Not just stitchy stuff, but everything. Time Mag just had an article about hoarders and I considered it a wake-up call!

natalyK said...

I am also straightening and reorganizing my "craft" closet. Mostly cross stitch. I have been on several shopping trips and need to reorganize. I have used canvas totes and scrap book cabinets. It's a work in progress. Post a pic when you are done reorganizing!

Bette said...

It feels really good to have things organized and neat. I just spent the weekend doing the very same thing. What's so frustrating is the pile of duplicate charts (not cheap ones either) that I found. So you'll probably be saving quite a bit with your organization as well.

Vicky said...

Sounds like a plan Rachel. And it sounds like my craft come junk room LOL

riona said...

Oh, I am soooo on the same page. Though in my case, the stitching stuff is organized but my husband keeps using the room as a storage area for all the stuff he so desperately needs ... having overflowed the spare bedroom assigned to be his study. Things like the SECOND tall metal file cabinet filled with Civil War service and pension records that he never looks at, all the furniture from his mother's home that was too good to throw away, all the VHS tapes he doesn't want to throw away until he has replaced them with DVDs, all the old audiotapes he no longer listens to because his current car has a CD player. To make matters worse he has set up a chair and a shredder in a corner of the room. Since the man doesn't know the meaning of the phrase "pick up after yourself", that corner looks like a hamster cage ... decorated with all the shredded paper that somehow "missed" the bagging process. I don't buy the excuse that his arthrtis makes it impossible for him to bend down and clean up.
Purging the room is my new summer project since I want to have it clear enough to repaint the walls when the cool weather comes.

Pumpkin said...

Sometimes it's just good to get in there and put everything in its place. I tend to do that every now and then. I bet you'll feel much better :o)

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls