It took about two and a half months, but I am finally back in my room and loving it! I spent the last few days sewing in my room and believe me, it was great. It is amazing how wonderful an uncluttered room feels; I could spend all day in there. Can you believe I even have empty drawers, bins and shelves?
The last of the fabric to sort through was the fabric rolls. Any pieces that were between 9″ and 17″ wide fit into this category. The fabric was trimmed to 12″ and placed right side down. I pressed it out and stacked it with 6 fabrics together, then rolled it up from selvage to selvage and secured it with a rubber band. Now when I need to cut strips for log cabin quilts, or squares for other quilts, all I need to do is unroll a few inches and cut. The logs in my log cabin quilts are not longer than 10 ½”, so this works great. Any pieces that were trimmed off from these were placed into the scraps that I have already sorted in groups of dark, medium, light and bright.
All my unfinished projects were placed in clear, stackable containers. They are now on the shelves in my room and marked with a date. The date makes me accountable that these are going to be finished in the next year. I have 6 projects now, but there are still a few at Karen’s. Gee, maybe she’ll finish a few for me?
The shelves in my closet now have my books and other miscellaneous stuff like a light box, interfacing, embroidery supplies and beads, and I still have empty shelves and drawer space. One small change that makes your room look uncluttered is to have all of the containers match. It is amazing how this one small change help your room and closet look organized.
There were many things I learned during this process, but the one question that I was asked the most was “did I find stuff that I didn’t know I had”. Well, of course I did! What was the best lesson I learned? Only sewing things go in my sewing room.
I know that Karen doesn’t quite trust me yet since I got caught a few times “sneaking” in some very small pieces of unsanctioned fabric. She plans on some surprise visits to make sure I am still uncluttered. I keep telling her that she is acting like a rehab counselor – maybe she is. All kidding aside, this has been one of the best experiences I have ever been involved in. My room is beautiful – thank you Karen!
— Posted by Della