[OT] Cluttered Sewing Area

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My sewing room is a small bedroom that we use as a pantry and storage
room.  My sewing machine table is tucked in along one wall.  My
ironing board is on the other side of the room in front of the closet,
which I cannot use.  I have a cutting table in the middle , which
leaves just a little room to walk around it. Over time, my table has
become so cluttered, that I now only have a small corner on which to
cut, plan, etc.  I'm trying to think of someway in which to reduce the
clutter, which does NOT include reducing my stash.  Today I've looked
at some organizers, such as the one at:]

http://www.byannie.com/hanging_organizer_patterns.html

and ...

http://www.mccallpattern.com/freeproject/index.htm

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Bev in TX

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What do you mean 'closet that you cannot use'?  Do you mean it's full to the
gills? or do you mean it's not possible to open the door because of the
Important stuff standing in front of it?  Could you take the door down?
Might give you lots of space.  We have one of those really cheap
'collapsible stackable' bookcase things in one closet and it can handle
quite a load.  Polly


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Unfortunately is is the former -- it is full to the gills.  Also, it
has folding doors, which also makes it not possible to hang anything
on the doors.
Bev in TX

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Put all your beds in the house on risers.  You can shove a lot of crap under
there if you do.

But don't fall out of bed, it's a looooong way down.

Cindy


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LOL, Cindy.  Yes it is. OTOH, it's much easier to climb into/onto a high up
bed when you get really old.  I don't know anything about that but that's
what I hear.  Polly


Cindy wrote> Put all your beds in the house on risers.  You can shove a lot
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It is true Polly, because of the built in bed base I have to climb onto our
bed. In a couple of years I may need DH to make a little step to get onto
bed but getting out will be really easy......

Dee in Oz
( next birhtday ends in a 0)

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They already make them, Dee!  I really think they're for the pups, but Gran
can use them too.

Cindy


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I just jump backwards onto the bed, saves me trying to climb, and it is
really easy to get out of in the morning.

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Di (who has already had six '0' birthdays)
I'm creative!  You can't expect me to be neat too.
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Climbing into a high bed is ever so much easier than trying to climb
out of a waterbed.
If you are vertically challenged anyway. (G)

NightMist


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Hahahhahah!  You've made me remember, Nightmist.  Trying to climb up out of
our waterbed 27 years ago when I was pregnant.

It was wonderful for sleeping. Not so great for climbing out of!

Cindy

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BTDT -- there are books under the bed.

Bev in TX


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Bad feng shui to sleep above a pile of crap!
Roberta in D

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Well not if it's fabric crap or even better (thanks, Bev!), BOOKS!

I think I got through college by sleeping with books under my bed.  Osmosis
or something.

Cindy

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I agree -- my computer books are not "crap".  I learn so much from
them.
Bev in TX
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I have a couple under the bed containers of vintage quilt
tops and that kind of stuff.  Maybe I need to put finished
quilts in the boxes?
Taria
I agree -- my computer books are not "crap".  I learn so much from
them.
Bev in TX
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I think those both look like good ways to get often-used tools out of
the way, but still easily accessible.
I really like that chair organizer. I could sure use that while
sitting
at the hand-quilting frame. It would be handy for clippers, thimble,
reader
glasses, etc.etc.
I have a good-sized room, but I'm so disorganized anyway. I think open
wall shelving might be good for me.  I'd love to win some kind of
sewing-room contest and have professionals do me a sewing-room
makeover. For free, of course.

Sherry

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I keep doing the FabshopHop in hopes of winning the Perfect Caddy.
While that's not likely, one can dream :-).
Bev in TX

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I have a small room too; but, when I tidy'!  there is a 'place for
everything'. My salvation was to use every cubic inch of space
underneath anything 'hollow' - so there are drawers and boxes under all
tables (just leaving a 'cave' for my legs when I sit there).
Also, don't forget the height available - I bet there is space above the
highest thing you have so far, where you could put shelving.  I'm know
not everyone is as tall as I am, but things that you rarely use could be
put on a shelf (above your head height, so that you don't run the risk
of bumping your head).  A corner shelf unit, placed high in the corner
would be good too.
You could perhaps even hang bags from the underside of the ironing board
-if it always stays up.

Just look at the space you have - all of it - and think laterally!!

I use box files a *lot*.  They can be stored in easily accessible
positions, eg six piled up is a nuisance, but six stacked side by side
can easily be got out - and each stack takes up the same cubic space.
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Best Regards
pat on the hill

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I discovered storage space over doors. FIL studied the brain as a
hobby, couldn't become the doctor he wanted to be, and had a lot of
books on the subject. He put shelves  in the hallway, wall to wall,
above the doors. He was 6'4" so reaching them was no problem, but a
light weight folding ladder stores in a narrow space. I have such a
ladder as I am vertically challanged! I put such shelves up for my
reference books, don't need them very often.
Bonnie, in Middletown, VA



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Same here.  My tidying always involves tossing a lot of stuff I don't need.
Like, when I started accumulating quilting stuff around my SM, I decided to
cull the files in an adjacent file cabinet (on which a 10-gallon aquarium is
sitting, which would be a pain to move) to empty half a file drawer for
fabrics and paper (quilt plans, SM manual, etc.).

I have boxes of fabric under the extended flap of my SM flap.  I also have
boxes of fabric under the dining table behind me, which I am eager to get
rid of.  I also found room for boxes of fabric on the top shelf of a walk-in
closet by, again, culling out things I did not need or use anymore.

It's a long way from how I want it, but it's a start.

ep



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