Last week I presented just three steps to take to get going: first, clean off all of
your sewing/quilting work spaces; second, make a list of works in progress, and third, make a list of projects you might want to make this year. This week there will also be three new tasks (three seems like a manageable number for each week, so I'll stick to that unless there is a really big task).
So...for this week:
- First, decide when you are going to spend time on organizing each day/week. I really feel like having a set plan for when I'm going to organize has helped already. I've picked Saturday mornings for weekly organizing, and last Saturday morning I knew that I needed to do at least an hour of organizing before I could start sewing for the day. I've also decided that I will pick up and clear off all of my flat work spaces when I'm done sewing each day that I'm in the sewing room.
- Second, decide on a weekly or monthly organizing task. I picked just one organizing project for January because it's kind of a big task I've needed to do for awhile. I'm going to organize and label all of my notions. I have notions in a lot of different plastic bins and drawers without labels.
- Third, pick a project to start and finish this quarter...using your stash! You have a few options for this task--you can start something from your works in progress list you made last week (since everything for that project should be in your stash) or you can start a new project from your "want to make list" if you have fabric on hand for it. Finally, you might want to consider a scrap project. My goal this year is to make a scrap quilt every quarter that isn't already a work in progress.
Organizing photos aren't always glamorous, but here is a little bit of what I did on Saturday. The cupboard above was an absolute mess of papers and notions and patterns. I took everything out and decided the bottom shelf would be perfect for some fabric bins I have. I labeled each bin and stacked them neatly. The top shelf holds notions also labeled: I have a couple of jars of zippers, a basket with assorted trims, and some plastic containers with completed hexies, needles, pins, covered button supplies, and extra rotary cutters. Everything is labeled now, making it so much easier when I'm looking for something.
While I had my label maker out I labeled a bunch of plastic bins that I have in my sewing room. I really do plan on cutting up the fabrics in these bins into squares and strips this year, but it's good to have them labeled for now. The label tape peels off easily from the plastic containers, and I feel a lot better having everything labeled.
I still have several more notion bins and drawers I need to organize and label before the end of the month. I'll be sure to share my progress with that.
Finally...about my idea for the first quarter scrap project. I've decided on my project and will share my idea and a round-up of other scrap quilt ideas in a "coming soon" post.
Thanks so much for stopping by! As always...please leave your thoughts and suggestions on this weeks organizing ideas in the comments section of this post. Last week's post had some terrific ideas in the comments...thank you!