Saturday, May 16, 2009

Finding My Motivation

Before

After

In case you don't have xray eyes... the bin is full of my overflowing collection of sewing supplies. This has NOT been an adequate storage system. Anytime I tried to find anything I'd end up having to rifle through the entire bin... and as is always the case... I could never fit everything back in.

My bin and overflow and sewing machine were crammed in the bottom of this closet. The closet also holds our *dressy* clothes and Mr F's more occasional foot wear.

I took the hanging sweater shelves from my bedroom closet (what was the point of having it in there... they were empty and my clothes were piled on the floor in front of my closet anyway). I took out all my fabric and folded them and put them away on the shelves. Now I can see everything I have (and get to it). I can also keep works in progress on them where I can see them but they are out of the way of preying hands.

I took 3 small shoe box bins and sorted out ribbons, thread, and patterns into them.

I have a larger bin with paints and another with misc sewing notions.

I found the plastic shoe organizer (that had been left in the basement since the move) and filled the pockets with the rest of my craft supplies. Everything is now easy to see, get to, and keep organized.

There was still plenty of room for the clothes and shoes...

And I not only now know where the tape is...

I can finally shut that closet door!

9 comments:

wootini said...

Wow - so organized! Want to come over and see mine? You'd faint from the horror.

Mrs Furious said...

Emily,
"You'd faint from the horror."
hardly... I'd probably just feel at home.

This was a big accomplishment since those hanging shelves now hold about 40 different fabric pieces... and it's like a whole new world. Before every time I was searching for a spool of thread or a needle or ANYTHING I had to completely dump out these huge bins of "craft stuff"... never to be fully put away again. I'm hoping this is easier to maintain.

wootini said...

I really do think you might faint. It's pretty bad.

That is a great idea for fabric/sewing storage! I have mine in a bin under the bed and I never want to even look for anything in there due to the chaos, let alone actually SEW anything.

My next organization project is the kids craft cabinet - in our teeny kitchen we have one whole cabinet dedicated to this stuff and it is STILL a continual disaster.* I need some sort of brilliant solution that has so far eluded me.

*magnified by the issue of what on earth to do with the mountains of paper that come home from school every day (that I am not allowed to throw out). honestly that is 50% of the reason I look forward to summer - 11 weeks of not having to manage the daily paper tsunami.

Mrs Furious said...

Emily,
I'm almost spitting out my coffee I'm laughing so hard. You should see my bedroom. It's disgusting... and I don't use that term exaggeratively. No human should have to sleep under such conditions. The girls spilled a box of buttons all over the floor last week... and they are still there... it's so bad in there that I was just like "what's the point?" and left the buttons to boot. It's been fun getting those stuck to the bottom of my feet all week. Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to tackle it. The big problem in there is that there is just NO storage and the room is so small... it can never be a haven.

Kids' craft shit and school shit is just ridiculous. It's the number one cause of our kitchen counter horizontalitis... because the stuff truly has no home and we don't have enough storage space to give it a home... nor (in most cases) should we actually save it. I just LOVE the 3 D art projects ;) I really don't know how people purge that stuff though. I've been thinking (if we had room for it) that getting Kid a "curio" cabinet of sorts would be good and she could keep her 3 D stuff in there on display... and it would be her problem. Unfortunately the girls share a room and Baby would LOVE to get into something like that.

Amy said...

Feels good, doesn't it? I've always wanted to learn how to sew.

Must have been a cleaning/organizing type of day. Check out my post today about the 825 gallons of stuff we got rid of at my folks' house today.

Jen said...

Well done :) Stuff like this makes such a difference (even if it eventually devolves back into madness, which is what always happens for me).

wootini said...

"The girls spilled a box of buttons all over the floor last week... and they are still there... it's so bad in there that I was just like "what's the point?" and left the buttons to boot."

That made me laugh... recently the dog got to a stuffed animal with the plastic beads inside and shredded it all over our bedroom. The little beads were EVERYWHERE. It took me over a week to vacuum it up... we just kept hopping over them. Now that is pretty pathetic.

"Kids' craft shit and school shit is just ridiculous. It's the number one cause of our kitchen counter horizontalitis... because the stuff truly has no home and we don't have enough storage space to give it a home... nor (in most cases) should we actually save it."

Yes, exactly. For us it's the same - #1 reason the kitchen counter is always piled with crap. I don't know how people throw it away either, but I also don't know what to do with it all!!! Lydia has a couple of bins under her bed that are crammed full of preschool artwork. We have no more room for this and so far we've only made it to Kindergarten and 2nd grade!

Monica said...

Wondering if you would like to come do your magic on my house. That looks great.

Mrs Furious said...

Monica,
HA! I think if you could see the rest of the room that closet is in you would not want my help ;)


Amy,
What's funny is that I don't really know how to sew either... I just know how to buy sewing STUFF ;)

Your family cleaning project sounded oddly fun.


Jen,
It does make a difference... if only to your outlook.

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