The Sister and I have a Challenge going this year. We are going to fight the chaos and conquer the clutter in our sewing studios. I call it “studio” because that sounds more like serious business whereas “sewing room” sounds like an option. It’s a mind game with myself. She has a bit of an advantage since she thinks and even breathes in a more orderly fashion than I do. But, I’m giving it my best shot.
So, we started the year off with a once-a-week list called Fight the Chaos Fridays and last month it focused on:
- Put away gifts and Clean the work area
- Clean machine, including a new needle and Put a new blade in the rotary cutter
- Cut fabric that has accumulated on cutting table into usable sizes
- List and post projects and due dates
Here are the BEFORE and AFTER shots of my “work area” i.e. cutting table.
You can tell already it is a necessary challenge. And you will be more convinced as the year moves along and you see the other BEFORE pictures I will post – as often as I can stand the embarrassment.
And you’ll agree that it’s a good thing Sister was here for a visit last month to get me off to a strong start. Here’s some more of the work area AFTER we fought through the chaos.
While Sister2 was here we went on a hunt to find creative storage for the “useable pieces” we cut from my accumulated scraps.
And now, as you can see above, there is a place at the end of my vintage ammo box to hang our Spools for Tools project (get pattern HERE) which holds my favorite rulers – like the skini minis by Martelli with their wonderful non-slip backing.
The whole cutting process to get control of accumulated scraps has been addictive! Probably because we have been using some templates made by Martelli. The non-slip backing grips through about 8 layers of fabric and you can turn the template without the fabric slipping! If you want a set of non-slip templates to help you cut those “pre-cut” sizes, send me an email (SistersAtHeartMilesApart@gmail.com) and we’ll give you a special Stitching Sisters price. Look HERE under Template for Precuts for details.
So, how’s the rest of my Fight the Chaos Friday list?
In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that I still have a little work to do as far as cleaning my machines. And my project To Do list is right on the Notes section of my calendar, although some of the due dates are a little flexible.
Remember, it’s a year-long effort so celebrate the things you check off each week and don’t worry about what is still left to do. Trust me, honey, it’ll still be there when you find it on our challenge list in a few weeks.
We’d love to hear from you if you think of things we have missed. And we’d love to see pictures of your progress!
Here’s the list for February:
Since it’s the first Friday of the month, you can get your FREE February printable checklist HERE.