Happy Monday…sort of…I’m getting this post up just under the wire for Monday, Pacific time. It’s been a busy week–along with my sewing room organization project we’ve had a sort of house reorganization project, too. My oldest daughter and her husband are moving in with us for a couple of months after my son-in-law’s college graduation and while they transition from one city to another…it will be fun to have them here for a little while!
I’ve decided to list this week’s tasks (and the final tasks of the Summer Organizing Series) here on today’s post. This will give me a little time to get caught up and will allow everyone to work at their own pace. Notice that the final task is to take an “after” photo. What do you think about a final “parade” of finishes in a week or two?
Day Sixteen: Take a final review.
Is there anything from the earlier steps that you didn’t think of then but have since thought of. I noticed a few things while cleaning up for my “after” photos such as:
- I need to plan for kit storage. I don’t buy a lot of them, but I do have half a dozen I’d like to keep and make one day.
- I realized I needed a system for my wool project storage. I’ve just really been working with wool for a little over a year, but I’ve got a small sampling of projects I need to organize.
- HST storage: I make a lot of half-square triangles from left overs and from the clippings from corner triangle blocks. I’d really like to think of a great way to organize these. The majority of mine measure 2 ½″ unfinished, but I have larger ones, too.
- I need a storage option for 1 ½″ strips. My box is full, and I keep cutting them!
- Finally, I need a storage solution for left over bits of Shape Flex and Fusible Fleece remnants. I’ve been making quite a few bags and would really like to keep bigger left overs for future use.
Day Seventeen: Donate or sell items you won’t use.
This one is pretty easy. Take those bags to donate and drop them off–get them out of the house before you start keeping things! Also, list items for sale on Etsy or Ebay.
Day Eighteen: Revise your project “To Do” list.
I found a few things I needed to add to my “to do” list. These are things that didn’t make the list the first week I started organizing because I hadn’t found the patterns or fabrics yet. So go over your “to do” list. Perhaps some projects have moved closer to the top. Or maybe you’ve decided something you thought you might do soon is really something for next year. Either way, take stock and reevaluate.
Day Nineteen: Shop for needed items.
Finally! You’ve probably been waiting for this day. If you have a long list, take it slow. Just keep checking things off as you find them. I actually found that I didn’t really need to purchase anything other than supplies for labeling. I’m working with what I have for storage for the items I listed under day sixteen–I actually had a few empty bins after reorganizing.
Day Twenty: Take an “after” photo.
Take an “after” photo of your entire room…or if you’ve just worked on one area or category–take a good photo of your accomplishment.
I’ll have some final thoughts on the organizing process along with photos of my organized space later this week. If there is any topic I might have missed, I’d love to hear about it in the comments…thanks so much for all of the positive comments and suggestions along the way.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Thank you! A few months ago, I had to do a major update in my sewing studio (new floors and paint) so I did most of these things already. It was tricky to make it organized because it's just 12×13, and I have my 10-ft longarm in there! The best thing I did was to remove the bi-fold doors from the closet and putting floor-to-ceiling shelves in there, and totes of to-be-quilted, UFOs,and short rolling drawers for notions under the frame. I also have a full-size cutting table and open, large Horn sewing table in the room!
I've really enjoyed all your organizing posts Sherri — you're shared some great ideas! I'm looking forward to seeing your newly organized room!
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