Hello, friends! I am stopping in for a little Sewing Room Closet Update today. I’m not yet finished, but my new closet shelves are installed, and I’m deep in the process of organizing. I thought I’d share an update today with some of the thoughts I’m having while working. I hope some of my thoughts might be helpful to you whether you’re reorganizing completely or just working on keeping things up.
Sewing Room Closet Update
A few weeks ago, the new cabinetry in my sewing room was installed. I’ve been enjoying using it (especially the drawers)! But I still haven’t finished organizing the shelves and cupboards because I’ve been waiting for the new shelving in the closet to get finished.
Sewing Room Closet (Before)
As you can see from the photos above, my sewing room closet was pretty messy before. While I had most everything in organized bins there were also a lot of little piles here and there. I also felt like a lot of the space was wasted since the closet was designed for clothing. The carpenter let me know the day before he was coming to start the demo and construction, and I moved everything out into the hallway. Getting everything out of the space is one of the best ways to start an organization project.
Sewing Room Closet Shelving (New)
I previously had thirteen shelves in my sewing room closet. But so many of them weren’t that useful–requiring me to either waste the space or stack things so high that it was impossible to get to anything easily. All of the old shelves were removed, but the carpenter left the basic “bones” of the shelving units. He then added new wood and trim to match the doors in the room. With the new installation I now have a total of twenty-four shelves–much more usable, too! They are all adjustable as well, so if my needs change, I can easily move the shelves around.
Organizing + More
So, now I’m doing the work of deciding what is going to stay, what I might donate, and what I might sell. I have a rule for now that nothing can go into the closet unless it’s in a container that is labeled. I’ve got my label maker in the sewing room and have been labeling containers even if I think I might change them later. I want to know what is in every box for now. I currently have the shelves about 50% full but still have some decisions to make. I’ll be working on it throughout the week and weekend and will share the sewing room cabinet shelves and the closet shelves as soon as they are organized.
More Thoughts on Sewing Room Organizing
If you’re looking for more thoughts on sewing room organizing, you’ll find some great ideas in the following posts:
- Sewing Room Organization: 5 Tips to Spring Clean
- Sewing Room Organization Update
- 20 Steps to an Organized Sewing Space
- Organizing Quilting and Sewing Supplies
I can’t wait to get it all completed! Thanks so much for stopping by for the Sewing Room Closet Update. Happy quilting!
Organizing and de-stash videos are really popular – I hope you’re taping this process for us to see your organizing ideas and how you de-stashed. It would be a popular one given the fact that many people watch pure organizing channels on youtube.
. Sara says
Hi Sherri, I love Reading your blog and I love your new sewing closet, I’m wondering if you’ve received any complaints about watching the videos on your blog?
My concern is when I watch your videos it stops and restarts with another video so I don’t know if it’s on my side or on your website but I just needed to let you know in case it is on your side and if other people are also receiving the same results when they watch your videos.
Sherri, what label maker do you use? Thank you.
It looks lovely! It’s always such a good feeling to get organized! Enjoy!!
Looking so organized! I hope you’ll give a YouTube on your final organization of both areas.
Helen L says
Sherri, I moved several months ago, after being in the same home for 35 years. Hence, I have no experience in moving and setting things up again. I’m really stumped with figuring out how to start setting up my sewing room (which I finally have, woohoo!!). But it is overwhelming to try and figure out how and where to start. You have recently moved: could you share some ideas on how you organized things when you moved? Thanks so much!!! Hugs, H
sherri McConnell says
Absolutely! Great idea…thank you so much!
R Newton says
Love how you’ve organized your sewing room and closet. I ‘ve always used plastic bins for fabric to keep out dust and hopefully keep the fabrics from fading as my sewing room faces West and I get a lot of bright sunlight. Great for sewing but not so great to keep fabrics from fading. Now it appears from watching your show that plastic bins aren’t the best for keeping fabric in and containers that let the fabrics breathe is better? Really enjoy watching both you and Chelsi and all the beautiful quilts and accessories, and good advice you give.