Hello and happy Thursday! As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my sewing room this week; however, not very much of it has been spent sewing! I normally clean and organize in-between Christmas and New Years, but this year we had a family wedding to attend out of town during that time, so the cleaning got pushed back!
Anyway, even though I’m not quite finished, I thought you might want to see a
A few years ago I purchased my first Elfa drawer unit from the Container Store. It’s easy to design the perfect system for your space on-line–you can choose the height and width of your unit and customize it as needed with drawers of different depths. This year I purchased two more units (all Elfa products are on sale for 30% off during the month of January, so this is the time to buy)! Elfa storage units can be shipped (you assemble at home), or you can pick everything up in the store if you have a location nearby.
I never added labels to the first drawer unit I purchased a few years ago, but now I’m adding them to each drawer. They are so helpful! Additionally, they are easy to change out if you move or rearrange the contents in a drawer.
This drawer is labeled “Scrappy Works in Progress.” I really love scrappy, so I might need to have two of these drawers soon!
I can’t share what is in the “Next to Finish” drawer because it’s top secret for now. But my “On the Plus Side” quilt occupies the drawer right below it! I love the mesh drawers for their breath-ability. I still keep project boxes on hand for traveling, but keeping things in these easy-to-access drawers is sure nice!
One drawer has already quilted Soft & Stable along with some pot holders that are cut out but need quilting.
The Christmas fabrics I sewed with this fall are in the Christmas drawer. Confession: I’m not ready to stop sewing Christmas things yet!
Here is a list of the drawer labels I’ve used so far:
- Next to Finish
- Current Project
- Scrappy WIP’s
- Soft & Stable Projects
- Borders and backings
- Works in Progress (x5)
- Stabilizers and Interfacings
- Orphan Blocks
- Sewing Kits and Project Bags
I’ll have to snap a picture of the last one listed and share with you on my next update–I was pretty happy to think about storing my binding kit, Clover Wonder Clip bag, and Sew Together bags along with project bags in an easy to access drawer. Some of the project bags are empty while others have hexagons and other handwork projects I can take to work on anywhere. It’s so nice to be able to easily access all of these!
While organizing I realized that coming up with great label titles is half of the battle here. You want to be able to easily find and access what is in each drawer, and the labels make such a difference. I have quite a few projects in the Works in Progress drawers that I expect to finish soon; however, when I put new projects in those drawers I may change the label to more specifically name the project.
One more thing that I should mention today…I really feel like it is so very important to empty everything out of a space before reorganizing it. I didn’t want to take the extra time to do this (believe me, I have sewing things in the hall way and in a spare bedroom right now), but it really has made a huge difference. Having something out of a space really makes you think about where you want to put it…or if you even want to keep it at all! (Check out my Cleaning and Organizing your Sewing Space series for more ideas).
I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun contest for you for this month and on Saturday with the next edition of the Saturday Seven!
Thanks so much for stopping by!