Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The sewing room is finally clean!

My mom has always been very organized.. She wasn't a crazy neat freak or anything like that (we did live in the country with goats and sheep) but everything in our house had its own place.  We had plastic bins before they were cool, and Mom always found containers to help us keep things somewhat under control.

Fast forward 20 years and now I find myself needing more of this. Needing more space, more organization, more places for all our stuff to reside.  When my mom was visiting last week, I enlisted her help (and my step dad's strength).  We went through our storage room and took a huge car load of stuff we don't need or use to Goodwill and the city recycling facility. We also made homes for lots of loose items with those handy plastic bins.  And, best of all, we cleaned my sewing room

I got rid of at least 10 yards of fabric that I knew I would never use, plus we sorted the scrap pile into bins of warm, cool, and neutral colors. (hello, quilting!)  We sorted the larger chunks and the 1+ yard cuts, so now when I go to make something I don't have to waste time looking for certain pieces of fabric. I'm also totally motivated to keep it looking this nice, and having a place for everything is key to that for me.

I cleared all the miscellaneous junk tools off my sewing table and just have the necessities on there now: machines, cutting mat, rulers, scissors, pens/markers, and pins. Oh, and the tissue box? That is my trash can for fabric scraps and cut threads...it works great! Everything else is in a box next to the table but not cluttering the surface. I have a 3-drawer plastic dresser thing under the table as well, and that is where most of the medium size (like fat quarters) pieces of fabrics are. I usually keep the long ruler on top of the dresser when I'm not using it.

The rest of my sewing room includes a chair for sitting on draping works in progress, iron & ironing board, and a corner full of suitcases, empty boxes my hubby we are saving, and the Christmas decoration boxes. It's a great set-up, and I am so thankful for it! I'm also glad it's finally clean. After looking at all these pictures again I feel the need to go back up there and do some more sewing!



  1. First, I want to say that I'm so proud of you! Yay, mom! Second, I want to say that I'm sad I had to see this online before seeing it in person. Must. Hang out. Soon!

  2. Wow, your sewing room looks beautiful! What a great idea sorting your fabrics like that. And I am totally going to use your tissue box idea!!!

  3. I wanted to tell you that you should submit your tissue box idea at Pink Chalk Fabrics for their Chalk Talk. I thought of you when I saw their latest one last week, and you can win a $25 gift certificate if they publish yours, so you definitely should!! http://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19

  4. I found your room tonight via the "Where I Sew" mosaic. I agree that storage tubs are the way to be organized. I didn't realize how many I actually had until we moved, twice in one year! They made the moves SO much easier, but how odd to see so many of them stacked in one area while waiting for their new home.


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