I am no different from you. I, too, collect fabrics. And thread. And sewing machines. And tools. We are probably also alike in that we would rather invest in these things than in expensive furniture and containers in which to store them. So our sewing areas often consist of a collection of mismatched furniture and all sorts of boxes and baskets and other containers in which we store our goodies.
In all honesty, I am more concerned with functionality than aesthetics in my sewing studio. Don’t get me wrong. I spend so much time here that I have to feel comfortable in my space, so having favorite quilts and pictures on the walls as well as being able to have background music at all times is important to me. It is also essential for me to keep things organized. Since I spend so much time on the computer, I usually sew a few minutes at a time during the week. I do reserve weekends for “down time.” Meaning little computer-related activities and more sewing.
I am certainly not the neatest person in the world, but I do try to keep things organized and in their place, so that those few minutes I am able to grab here and there every day are not spent rummaging for things, but actually sewing. So I have several “systems” in place to help me. Some work really good…. others could be improved.
So that is my current goal. Some things need to be reorganized, others just maintained. Call this my spring cleaning – even though winter has set in late for us this year and it’s raining outside!
This is not a one-day task. It will be an ongoing process, and hopefully will help me improve on the way I do things. As i post on this, please feel free to join me as I pick up in my studio and share the systems that work for me. As I mull over those things that I haven’t really figured out how to improve, feel free to jump in and share what works for you!
Ok, so here are the “before” pictures. Just two shots of what things are looking like right now…