Hello and happy Wednesday! Wednesday is typically my work in progress day, but in the month of January I’ve been doing something a little different most Wednesdays. I hope you’re not tired of organizing ideas…it’s really been my main focus for January (other than designing new patterns I’ll get to start sewing in the not too distant future). I promise there will be a lot more sewing to share in February! But for now I’ve been doing a lot of more mundane tasks.
Sometimes, though, it gets to the point where it’s not just about organizing. It
really is about clearing out the clutter. I de-cluttered my kitchen and pantry last summer, and it’s been really nice to see how much easier it is to meal plan, meal prep, and cook. And so I’m facing the same situation in my sewing room: getting rid of some things I’ll realistically never be able to use (or that will continue to sit on the back shelf when newer things come along). Purging really is the word to use here, as much as I didn’t want to! Here are the things I’ve made note of as I’ve worked this month:
7 Tips for Purging your Fabric Stash
1. Take everything out of your sewing room or the dedicated space where you store your stash and supplies. This is hard. I ended up moving everything section by section into another room.
2. Only move things back in you love and will use. This really is easier to do when the items are out of the space to begin with!
3. Keep a trash and a donate bin or bag close by. If you don’t have someplace to put items, you’ll end up keeping them where they are.
4. Try to be realistic. Here is an example. I love 30’s quilts. I’ve made a couple over the years but not recently. I would like to make another one someday…but I had 4 drawers/bins of 30’s fabrics. I let myself keep one drawer of these fabrics and will donate them if I don’t use them within the next year. The rest went into the donate pile.
5. Reward yourself for all of this work–1 hour of sewing for every ½ hour of organizing!
6. Donate or sell everything you don’t love.
7. Finally…keep at it! Don’t expect to get it all done in a day! In fact, you might need to make a list of different tasks you’ll continue on with throughout the year. I have a dresser full of fabric I haven’t even touched but decided that by tackling one drawer each Saturday I can have it organized in no time (and maybe even have some empty drawers for guests)!
I am rewarding myself for all of my organizing with some extra fun sewing time this weekend…I will have a lot to share soon!
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