Welcome to the 12 Week Home Organization Overhaul. We are currently in week 11 on day 53. My hope is that you are seeing and enjoying the transformation of your home. Sometimes you may feel discouraged because a lot of times it is two steps forward, three steps back, but do not give up! Step back, refocus, and continue on. You can do it! I feel like that right now. My apartment looks like a bomb went off with boxes everywhere because we are preparing for a move out for an upcoming remodel of our apartment complex. So my tendency is get discouraged because I do not see the progress as clearly. But if I look back to how much I have dropped off at the thrift store or garbage I have hauled to the dumpsters, I can refocus and be encouraged.
I hope yesterday was a success with your books. For me, I have boxed up over half my books, mostly the keepers (for the move). I still have a bunch to go through and get rid of. But for the sake of our home organization overhaul, we have a new assignment for today. I hope we are moving at a good pace for you.
Today’s assignment: The sewing “stuff”
I am not sure how many of you out there sew, but if you do not feel free to work on a project area that is unfinished. Try not to take the day off. We are in the habit of organizing….don’t stop! If you have a center or room set aside for sewing that is great! If not, (like me) we must get creative in our organizational techniques. So…here we go!
- Go through all of your fabric.
- Get rid of material you no longer like or maybe you know you will never use. (like the baby materials for your teenagers 😉 ) Bless someone with it!
- Put back all the keepers. This is where we may all differ. I have a system for storing my material. I will show you a pic. But you may do it differently. Find what works best for you!
- Go through all your patterns.
- Get rid of the ones you know you will not use. I have patterns that I have had for like 20 years that have never been used. I will bless someone with them! Because that “someday” is probably not going to come :).
The mending pile: do you have one? Or is your mending spread all over the house? Establish a mending pile. I have things in my mending pile that the kids have long since grown out of. Oops! Get rid of them! Set up a day each week that you can get your mending done.
Here is how I organize my material and patterns. For my material, I use file boxes (the perfect boxes in my opinion). I use the hanging file folders and cut them in half. I fold the material to the width of the file hanger and wrap it around. Now, they hang nicely in the file box. I take a picture, print it off, and tape it to the outside of the box. I can see exactly what is in the box without taking it down from the top of my closet. My patterns I file in a wipes box (the medium size). It fits perfectly into my cubbies. You could even cover them. That was my intention, just haven’t got to it yet. 🙂 I try to sort my fabrics and patterns according to like items. For example, I keep all my toddler patterns together and all my little girl material together.
I hope that helps give you some ideas. Remember, use what works for you. This works for me, as we live in a very small apartment. I would love to hear some of your ideas for storing and organizing your fabric and patterns. Tomorrow, we will tackle more sewing items.