Answer me honestly. How neat and tidy is your sewing or crafting space?
My answer was…not so much. Not so much clean, but so very very much covered in bits of glitter and thread and scraps. My shelves were disorganized, my scrap bin overflowing, and I had more than one unfinished project languishing in a corner.
Today, Jennifer over at Pink When is hosting a craft room clean-up challenge! I’ve spent the last few days going through all my stuff, purging, organizing, and cleaning. I’ve made a hefty pile of fabric, supplies, and other goodies to give away to one lucky winner! A bunch of other bloggers have done the same — you can visit them all and enter to win on each site!
Here’s what you can win from me:
A stash of fabrics, some handmade gift tags, pink twill tape, red gingham washi tape, flower clothespins, two embossing kits, glitter clothespins, pink tulle, red embroidery floss, a gold album for Instagram photos, and a bunch of coordinating buttons — all inside a handmade bicycle tote, made by me!
Onward to the organization!
I am very, very lucky to have a large studio space. My mom owns a little bungalow in downtown Sacramento. She used to run her association management business from the house, but recently retired and we’ve turned it into an owner-operated sweat shop (ha). She also sews, and sells her amazing purses at Rusty Watermelon.
Trust me, I know how lucky I am to have this space. I am thankful for it every day! It also explains why my studio furniture is sort of…office-y.
Here are a few shots of my studio. Or as I keep calling it, the Danger Zone.
My scattered sewing machine table (with my itsy bitsy borrowed machine — my own Mr. Machine is in the shop this week!):
My cutting table. It always looks like this — piles of stuff everywhere, fabric draped over the chair.
My fabric shelf. Looks somewhat reasonable from far away. Or not. Just don’t look at the bottom shelves. Or the floor. Or all the stuff leaning in the corner. Really, just look away.
Hey, I said look away!
Don’t let the color-coordinated ribbon fool you. It’s masking this totally unorganized crafting supplies shelf.
Something had to be done.
As I was cleaning up my space, I kept Andrew Mellen‘s two organizing tenets at the forefront of my mind.
1. One Home for Everything
Every item in my stash needed to have one home, and only one home. Things sort of migrate around, depending on where space allows. Instead, I created realistic, permanent spaces for each category of supplies. I moved things around a lot, placing them where they made the most sense in relation to how I work in my space.
I organized and culled my fabric. A few things went to the giveaway today, and others went into a bin for a friend who makes miniature doll clothes and always appreciates the extra fabric. I moved my scrap bins from a different shelf to the shelf containing my fabric.
It’s. So. Pretty.
Basically it’s my happy place.
I also split up my craft supplies and sewing supplies, and switched their general locations. The craft supplies, which used to be closer to my sewing machine, ended up on the big shelf, and the sewing supplies went on the smaller shelf, since it’s closer to my machine. Making this switch made more sense than the way I had it before.
Other things also found a new home. I repurposed a basket for the little odds and ends (seam rippers, extra feet, snips, etc.) that I use when I’m sewing. These will still end up scattered across my desk while I’m working, but I can at least toss them in the basket at the end of the day so that it stays neater.
2. Like with Like
Every item should be with like items. So, tulle with tulle. Ribbons with ribbons, next to twill tape, next to twine. All my paint and supplies in one place.
While this seems like a pretty basic idea, it’s amazing how many of my supplies weren’t with their brothers and sisters. Glue here, glue there. Buttons up and down. Fabric pretty much everywhere. Now it’s wonderfully organized!
Like I said above, craft supplies and sewing supplies are now separate, allowing me to not have to search through one to find the other.
I also cleaned off my cutting table and made a vow to treat my stuff with more respect. No more flinging fabric about willy nilly! Fold it up, put it away. Sort scraps often. Only keep things out that I’m currently working on.
It feels so good to have a beautiful, organized space. But what you really want is to WIN, right? Use the Rafflecopter to enter!
Stop by and see all the other great craft room clean up giveaways happening today!
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