Time to focus again on my low-cost “studio makeover.” By this I simply mean reorganizing my sewing supplies without a large investing $$$ in new furniture and cabinets, using what I have on hand but re-thinking the way I’ve been working. So this week I decided I really needed to address my thread issues.
I don’t know if this happens to you, too. You start collecting fabric and that somehow grows and spills out to other things: gadgets, buttons, thread, ribbons, zippers… and on, and on. I seem to be collecting thread these days, and I suddenly realized that I have not organized it adequately. I started with a small rack and when I outgrew that purchased a second one, then had a friend make me a third one and lately have just been stashing spools wherever I find an empty container. And cones represent a problem… how to store them? I realize now I had thread spread out in four different locations around the room!
One possible solution would have been to take down some pictures and build one or two larger tread racks. I quickly discarded this idea for several reasons: I wanted an immediate solution (no time to build something), did not want to spend a lot of $$$, and I actually love the pictures I have hanging on the wall and do not want to have to move them. So instead I have taken some under-utilized bathroom shelves and invested in a three-drawer plastic storage unit, and rearranged things so that at least all of the thread is contained in the same area. I will have to see what happens over time, but for the time being I think this is going to work for me:
While I was at it, I also came up with a very simple solution for storing the zippers I use for making bags. Previously I had these all thrown in a drawer together, which I pretty much had to empty out while searching for the right color/size zipper. I took this hook unit (meant for hanging things in the kitchen – I know it actually has a name, but this just goes to show how much I am interested in actual housekeeping!), organized my zippers by size, used large clips to hold them together and to hang them from the hooks. Ah… much better!