Happy Monday, Happy Summer, and Happy Organizing! How about taking just a little bit of time each day over the next month to really get your sewing life organized...so you can sew more, of course!
Today is my kickoff for "Ready, Set, Sew: 20 days of Tips and Resources for a More Organized Quilting Life." What I have in mind is 5 different organizing tasks per week for the month of June; I'll be posting for this series on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Monday and Wednesday posts will have 2 tasks each with the Friday post presenting a larger task that you can do over the weekend (5 tasks per week if you want to do them Monday through Friday and sew on the weekend). Every topic will be added to the bottom of this main page with links as we go along so you can always come back here to easily locate anything you might want to review. Let's get started!
Day One: Take a "before" picture and list your works in progress.If you're like me, this "before" picture idea might make you a little uncomfortable. Because honestly, my sewing space is a complete disaster right now--pattern writing, sewing for myself and others, and Quilt Market have all taken a toll on my space. And I didn't want to "sugar coat" it by cleaning up a little before beginning. You don't need to share your "before" picture with anyone, but go ahead and take one...you'll be glad you did when you've finished up and you have visual proof of the progress you've made.
After you've taken your photo, get out a pad of paper and make an honest list of your works in progress (or, if you prefer to make your lists on the computer or with a spreadsheet, do that--use whatever method works best for you). I feel like this is such an important first step: by doing this now you'll come to realize as we go along which of these projects you really want to get finished and which of them might find a home in your "donate" pile. Be as thorough as possible in making this list. If you have a lot of ongoing projects it might take a little time.
Okay...that's it for day one!
Day Two: Make a "To Do" List of projects you want to make.Now, make a list of projects you really want to make but haven't yet started. You might want to divide this up into some sub-categories too: projects to make, projects for summer, gift ideas, home decorating projects, and Christmas projects. By having these lists in place before you start the actual process of cleaning out and getting organized you'll better be able to think about what items you will need for some of these future projects. The main goal of this organizing series is to help you get more sewing and quilting accomplished, so by having those sewing/quilting goals in place at the beginning you'll be able to more easily work on the organizing tasks.
Okay...that wraps up day two! I'll be back on Wednesday with tasks 3 and 4. Happy organizing!
Ready, Set, Sew! Summer Organizing Series with A Quilting LifeDay One: Take a "before" picture and list your works in progress.
Day Two: Make a "to do" list of projects you want to make.
Day Three: Clear off flat surfaces: the sewing table, ironing board, and any other surfaces in your sewing area.
Day Four: Gather rulers, rotary cutters, and scissors.
Day Five: Organize thread and bobbins.
Day Six: Organize sewing and quilting notions.
Day Seven: Fabric Management Part 1--Gather
Day Eight: Fabric Management Part 2--Inventory
Day Nine: Tackle Scrap Storage
Day Ten: Move-in Day
Day Eleven: Sort and Organize Quilting Books
Day Twelve: Sort and Organize Patterns
Day Thirteen: Sort and Organize Magazines
Day Fourteen: Plan Quilt Storage
Day Fifteen: Make your shopping list.
Day Sixteen:Take a final review.
Day Seventeen: Donate or sell items you won't use.
Day Eighteen: Revise your project "to do" list.
Day Nineteen: Shop for needed items.
Day Twenty:Take an "after" photo.