We have all seen it. The sign that promises total organization for your crafting area / sewing studio.
I’m all for it. I have tried several methods, several times. I just can’t seem to get past the purge your stash steps. How small is too small? How big is big enough? Which pieces do I pile and which pieces do I fold? Do you put your pieces aside that “might” work for a project? And heavens-to-Betsy, “only keep what you’re working on right now” was the worst idea ever! Has no one ever heard of a fabric “stash”? The very word suggests a controlled type of hoarding. I can’t give up the stash!
I would consider myself an organized person. Not really over the top OCD, but I do like to know where something is once it is put away. My spices are alphabetized in the cupboard, my shoes are separated by season and style, and the medicines are in color coordinated containers. But the fabric….well, there is no real way to describe it.
I have a pinterest board for helpful ideas for storing fabric. I have a friend willing to give most of it a good home. I have little boards to fold the remainder onto. But no success story here. I’m still waiting for the perfect solution. Creativity can be VERY messy.
My daughter folded hers onto neatly hidden hanging files. If I did that it would look like an old fashioned file room at the IRS office. Not that many file drawers let in America.
I saw a cute color coordinated system that fit on one shelf. LOL
The only one I thought might work suggested you empty everything out and only put back what you love. I actually opened the cupboard doors to start that and realized I would never be able to get out of the room until it was put back. That would take days!
I tried the “take one out when you put one in” method. But when I put in a 2 yard piece of fabric, I was only taking out a fat quarter. It didn’t seem to make much difference. Go figure.
So I start to justify the importance, nay, the necessity of having a fully stocked stash. Where else would I come up with setting fabric for the 3 odd blocks I got at the guild rummage sale? Only in my stash.
Or where else would I get just 2 tiny squares of batiks in order to finish the baby quilt for grandchild number ten?! Only in my stash.
I have come to grips with the fact that my sewing area will always look like I’m in the midst of moving in (or out). And as long as I can find the latest project pieces it will pass the organized test. (There have been times when it couldn’t!) I’ve come to love the security of having a stash to choose from and it feels like a warm, comfy blanket…er, quilt.
Sister wants to know your best organization tips in an effort to help halt the hoarding.