One of my new year’s small goals is to organize my sewing room better, so it’s more productive for me and my business. I do have some kind of organization now but it is all in huge tote which means I have to pull it all out to reach what I want. Many are stacked 3 or 4 high now, so it can be a real pain to get one for the bottom. Years back I had all my fabric on a bookcase so I could see it and reach it easier (plus I didn’t have as much then either) but my fabric was starting to get sun damage so I but it all in totes. Plus I moved last year and it is all still in those totes because I haven’t figured out a better way to organize it all. To improve productivity I want to address storage and accessibility, this probably will take all year though (just because of the cost storage and the large amount I need). With that said I am going to start with a list of what I want to do then go from there, step by step.
- I want to store my fabric by color in smaller totes
- Store all my tools for easier use and access
- Storing all my notions better like elastic and snaps
- Pattern storage
- Inspiration board
- Thread storage
- Pricing System
- Scrap storage
- Project storage system
- Make my computer area more productive
This is basically what I need for now, mostly storage needs for easy access. I want to be able to start a project and work on it though without needing to stop and dig it out and make a huge mess. I have been saving pins on Pinterest for a couple months now for inspiration. I love many of cute little storage ideas, but first and for most I want to address my storage issues. But I will definitely be using many of these once I get passed number 4 of my list.
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Here is my Craft room ideas board
I have also been looking on Amazon for different storage options, I love ArtBin but I don’t have a lot of small stuff to storage right now. I really need stack-able storage about a third of the size of totes (18+ gallons) I have now so I can store my fabric by color. Right now I have so much fabric that instead of looking through it, I am just buying more (it has become a bad cycle). I do have a whole room, what I think its is suppose to be the living room but it has no built in shelves or anything. Plus I am not allowed to add any according to my lease, so storage needs to be movable. This is mostly why stack-able storage to line up along the wall, which is the only real wall I have, will be the best. The room is pretty big but it has 2 huge windows and 2 huge entry ways and a fire place, so wall place is very limited. I also a huge armoire with all my clothes I have for sale in it and 2 desks. This is a lot of one room, it looks very messy even with everything put away. So besides the storage I really want to clean it up and make it look better so I will want to work in there. I need a happy place to motivate me more to be more productive.
Today I went to Home depot to get some storage containers because they were marked down. I got this Latching 32 Qt storage boxes so I can stack them up and still see what color is in each one. I bought 13 of them, I hope that is enough for all the colors I need and plus one for those that have on main color. I will update you after I get it all done this weekend, while I have no doll orders to fill.
So I needed 3 more of those storage boxes because I forgot the color gray and I wanted to store my upcycled pieces of fabric and the bow squares I have cut out. To I am go to make labels for all of them so I know exactly what it in their easier. The boxes are clear but I think clear labels with big writing and colored squares on it would be best. So far I emptied 2 huge totes of fabric already and need to empty 2 more but they are on buried out other stuff right. Step by step I will get it done. So far I have spent about a $100 on all those storage boxes.
Here’s what I got so far, all labeled and some sorted. I still have to find my tote full of my solid color fabrics and all the pieces I have tossed around. I am also going to tackle my scrap piles, which is now up to a tall laundry basket over flowing and a trash big full. That will probably take me a week is it self. But I am looking for to getting it all sorted so I am create more this year and save money by not buying more fabric. When I need to figure out what to do with all my fleece because I have just as much fleece as fabric. How do you store your fleece??