Hello and happy Monday! Today I have some more organizing tips to share! This year’s cleaning and purging of the sewing room has been quite the journey as I’ve been forcing myself to deal with some things that haven’t really been organized in years (think boxes of serger thread not used in a decade, miscellaneous notions, and older fabrics).
this weekend I realized how important my filing system is in the sewing
I’m lucky to have a couple of file
drawers at the end of my cutting table. I don’t often share the photo
from this view, but this is the part of the cutting table that protrudes
out into the room. The small drawer at the top holds rulers and rotary cutters,
keeping them at easy reach. In the two file drawers I store paper
patterns organized by category. Some are organized by designer, and
some are organized by the type of pattern or season. I also store all of the instruction pages to all of my specialty rulers in one of these files. This helps out when I go to use a ruler and need a reminder on the particular instructions.
But over the past few years, I’ve still ended up with paper clutter in the sewing room. I’ve tried to coral it in piles, tried using a clip board, and tried keeping it in the closet. But none of that was working. So…a small portable file came to the rescue! I keep this on the shelf in the closet and love being able to keep the paper clutter out of the way while still having important papers close by. Just to give you an idea, these are the file categories I keep in this file:
- Goals and Work in Progress notes
- Scrap quilt ideas (so helpful to have notes and cutting info. right at hand)
- Handmade Christmas gift ideas
- Design ideas
- Templates (from patterns I use over and over)
Just in the week that I’ve had this in place I’ve been amazed at how helpful it’s been!
And…the flat surfaces have been staying much neater. It’s been great to put all of the paper clutter into the file box and know I’ll be able to access it quickly the next time I need it!
You can pin the image above to easily come back to this page…and visit my Pinterest board on organizing for quilters for even more ideas! Hope this helps you with your organizing this year…thanks so much for stopping by!