Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Organizing the sewing stuff

OK, I admit it: I am almost obsessed with looking at sewing rooms on the Internet. I found one the other day that I loved and now i can't remember where it was!
Last summer, I reorganized but it was mostly just cleaning up and moving things around. You can read about that here. I have been on an organizing kick since the first of the year. I now have the entire upstairs of my home cleaned up, cleaned out and organized!! It is a great feeling!!!
The last few weeks have been a sewing and designing frenzy. Needless to say, the sewing room has become a disaster area. Time to clean it up!! I cannot function in chaos despite all those cute slogans proclaiming creativity and chaos being the same or whatever, that just doesn't work for me. I have to have order. Well, at least some of the time.
I had never gotten around to organizing my "stuff", you know, the glue gun, the elastic, all the lace and trims, buttons, Bedazzler© and so on. I could never find certain things because I didn't have "like- things together".
Here is my "stuff" closet before:

                                                                The sewing room during

 The office during
 The "stuff" closet after

 These three drawer units formerly hid below the cutting table, under the skirt. Very hard to get to or find anything.

I now have all the like things together and labeled in these drawers that are just the right size. Ideally, I would have liked some nicer units in here other than plastic, but these really work for me , and I have everything right at my fingertips.
 Here is the office after. I have set up a packaging area where I package patterns for shipment, wrap custom orders for pick up or shipping and even gift wrap.I have all my packaging and wrapping supplies stored here and it makes life so much easier!!

                                     This is where I keep my pattern original sketches, and my sketchbooks
Computer desk

I keep fabric in these cabinets. I really love the idea of  pretty fabrics folded and stacked on open shelves. It is such a great design element to a sewing room. But I personally think it is better to keep them in a closed area to prevent fading and dust.

 All done


Kellie said...

Awesome... looks great! Now off to clean my sewing room!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

It looks really, really good. Maybe if I stand by my no-fabric in April pledge I will have time and space to organize too.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

Rebecca said...

Looks fab Miss S! Now...don't come to my house anytime soon. I can't walk in my work room (the one I sew in) and I can't stand it either. Completely stifles my creativity!

Hugs to you~


Cole's Corner said...

WOW!!! It looks great.

I need to clean my sewing area, too... sigh.....

Debbie B said...

Would the Organization Fairy come to my sewing room and work her magic here, too??? I partially cleaned it out earlier this year but never finished. Thanks for the inspiration.
AND is the cabinet/armoire with the mirrors an antique or where could I find one - I've been looking for one like that to use with an old iron bed and dresser that I have!

Jan said...

Looks wonderful, and must feel wonderful for you! I think the organizing bug has bitten many of us.
I love the colorful look of folded fabric, but agree it is not the best way to store our beloved stash -- unless you deplete stash more quickly than I do mine!

Dawggone Cute Creations said...

Looks great! Your cluttered sewing area looked so much like mine is now! :/ I am in the process of cleaning and organizing while trying to work on projects but that's not working very well. I guess I'll just have to set aside a day...or maybe get it all done!


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