Howdy funky fabric folks!
So, I am lucky enough to have a spare bedroom that is my unofficial sewing room. However, I don't actually do much sewing in it (that's what the kitchen table is for, right?) and it has been out of control messy lately. Luckily, I have a best friend who is in the organizing business (Michele of Etc. Personal Services if you are in the Seattle area!) and she helped me out for a few hours today and we got it whipped into shape!
So, (sew?) in the sewing room I have a nice, big cutting table that rests on two square bookcases from Ikea (my handy dad built the tabletop to fit on them), a smaller cabinet that theoretically would hold a sewing machine if I bothered to use it, and various shelves and whatnot to hold other stuff. Plus, I have a rectangular closet that I took the doors off of so that it would be easier to see what's in it. I have tried to organize it before (once with the help of my awesome friend Amy, who is also an organizing genius) but somehow it always gets crazy again.
ANYWAY. Let's see some before pictures, shall we? Also, I would just like to say that I feel pretty brave sharing my uber-mess with you all. NO JUDGING, right?
So here's what is the main view when you walk in. Doesn't it just make you want to create?! NO?
There's the cutting table (which I cleverly had stashed this little drawer thingamajig in already), and the big white shelving unit full of boxes (which were full of who knows what). And of course, the cutting table is covered with fabric and other sewing-related flotsam and jetsam, making it dang near impossible to, you know, actually cut on it.
Here's the corner from hell:
My goodness. It really looked worse in person too. Fabric piles everywhere!
Speaking of fabric piles, what have we here?
So this here is the fabric closet, and it's not TERRIBLE, but it could definitely be better. At one point I had decided to just sort the fabric by color, but then for some reason I didn't keep actually doing it, hence the many piles.
Finally, here's another corner of the room that has the sewing cabinet in it.
The lighting isn't great in it, but I'm sure you can see the hulking, shadowy objects taking up space. If you can see the pile of something on the floor, that is a stack of mini bolts of larger pieces of fabric that weren't fitting in the closet. What to do with them?!
NOW, the makeover! Michele and I spent almost 4 hours on it, but it was totally worth it. Michele is very good at helping you figure out what to do with your stuff and keeping a list of tasks. She made a list in a notebook called the "Action List" and every time I said "I need to figure out what to do with that", she wrote it down. (My action list spilled over onto 2 pages - I have A LOT to figure out.)
The first thing Michele suggested was to move the cutting table against the window - I had left some room behind it, but really I didn't use it. That made a lot more space in the middle of the room. Then we had decided to move the sewing machine cabinet next to the white shelves, which also made the place seem roomier.
Next we had to tackle all of the various plastic containers on the white shelf. It turns out I found OODLES of unfinished projects in them! Now, I knew they were in there somewhere but out of sight, out of mind, because I did not realize how many there actually were. In fact, one of my Action Items is to make a list of unfinished projects so that I have it handy and can remember to work on them instead of starting so many new things. (But I have fabric to use!)
Finally, we filed away a lot of the random fabric on the floor and table and we were able to find room for it in the closet. We also organized my odd batting collection, went through a lot of bags of goodies from trade shows and events, and found tons of stuff that I will be selling at a garage sale. (Oh yeah, I'm having a garage sale now.) I decided to try to sell some of my unfinished projects because let's face it, I'm never going to get to them all. So if you want a half-done quilt, you know who to talk to.
But enough of my yakkin'! Let' see some amazing After photos, shall we?
Here's the main table area again.
The sewing machine cabinet is there on the left, and I hope to start using it soon. On the white shelves are unfinished projects and notions and odds and ends.
Here's what the book cases look like from the side:
In an unrelated note, I kind of have a book problem.
Next, the corner from hell!
Wowzers! I realize you can't see all of it, but let's focus on the fact that you can see actual carpet here. That's what counts.
Here's another view of the closet o' fabric:
PRETTY! So rainbow-ey and neat. The bottom shelf has the mini-bolts that were previously stacked on the floor, and we even fit my groovy hatboxes in there. The top shelf has my batting and similar supplies.
Here's the smaller corner of the room that used to have the sewing cabinet.
I had forgotten what that wall looked like! (Not that there is much to remember about it, but still.) The white bins have lots of scraps in them and the other organizer has supplies in it. I'll probably have to go through it eventually, but at least it's contained.
Finally, here's a good look at the table, all ready for cutting!
I don't think words can adequately describe how much I love this. Plus, we vacuumed too, so even the carpet looks nice!
HOORAY! Clean craft rooms are the best. If you have tips on how you keep your craft supplies from taking over the world, I would love to hear them! And if you live in Seattle and need help organizing any kind of room, be it crafty, garage-ey, or other-ey, contact Michele at Etc. Personal Services! She does free consultations and you will wonder how you did without her.