They say that creative people are sometimes disorganized and a little messy, well , I am a little embarrassed to show you this picture because, I must be very creative! This was my craft room before Christmas, ( I am really trying not to look at this pic, because it is quite disturbing!) I have a craft room in my basement and I am so grateful to have it but because it is out of the way and sometimes out of site, and because of that it becomes a little disorganized, (who am I kidding, A LOT disorganized!) I decided that I couldn't work like this any longer so I was on a quest to become more organized.
Here is my after picture and let me tell you that this transformation did not happen in one day! I decided to move my machines to the other side of the room, ( before they were behind the door) and with 3 machines it was a little crowded.(Yes, I use all three machines.) One is my embroidery machine and although it does everything I kept my trusty Bernina, (which I have had for more than 30 years) I mainly use it for sewing on leather and heavier materials. Then of course I have my serger. With this arrangement I am easily able to move from one machine to the other.
In my organization I went through all of my baskets and got rid of what I don't use, (and found things I didn't remember having.) I put all alike things in the baskets and labeled them with tags. I thought I knew where everything was but when my daughter came down to make something, she couldn't find any thing!
All alike things in one basket!
I organized my thread and ribbon and it makes it so easy to find what color I am looking for.
Went through all of my fabrics and got rid of more, then put similar fabrics in their rightful stack.
This is the other corner and now looking at this picture I can see that I probably still held onto too much fabric, I think I will be the winner when I die!
Love the convenience of this, there is a disclaimer coming about the thread in the window though.
All of my other thread, (some I have had since time began) in a drawer next to the sewing machines!
Elastic and bias trim in another drawer.
Buttons on cards!
Doesn't this just make you want to sit down and sew!
More ribbon, tulle and tape.
More buttons in an organizer, (I love buttons can you tell?) Now to tell yo about the disclaimer of this story, It's kind of sad. Yesterday I went down to go exercise and when I got to the bottom of the stairs, I started screaming because there was water at the bottom of the stairs! It has been raining here for 3 days and a lot of water has come down! This is quite unbelievable though because at this time of year we usually have 6 feet of snow! Because the ground is frozen the water has no where to go but down to the lowest point and because there is a ditch above our house, it got clogged and the water came pouring into our back yard. The lowest point of the house is the window wells, they filled up and because the water had no where to go down it came through my house.
So, yesterday this is what my craft room looked like. (Can you see the water running down the wall and over the counter?) Yikes! it was bad! See those bolts of fabric on the floor, they were a little wet and muddy, because with the water came the mud! I have been washing fabric for 2 days now.
It was not a happy day. But with the help of neighbors, family and friends we got rid of the river coming through our house.
This morning it looks like this, (I don't want to repeat yesterday ever again.) So the disclaimer is this, if you are more organized and a river comes through your house, it is definitely better that you had the room looking like this.
Can you imagine what the cleanup would have been like if my room looked like this!
I do have a goal to be more organized this year, this was a little set back but maybe just what I needed to get the rest of the basement organized, (even if it was forced!)