More Organizing

sewing room

Finally I am pretty much finished – I still of course have to iron all those scraps on the ironing board and cut to fit in my boxes – but I have my shelves pretty much organized now.  I need to pick up a couple more photo storage boxes and that is it!!  I am glad to get this all done.

I had seen these pretty boxes at Dollar General the other day so I went back yesterday to pick some up – the larger 2 were $2.50 each and the skinnier one is $1.50 I’m sure all Dollar Generals do not carry all the same things but if you like them you might want to check them out – the top closes on the side with a piece of velcro.  They had boxes of larger sizes there as well all pretty like these and prices range from $1.50 to $10.00


I wanted to use these two boxes for fabric and to put these things in to the boxes that I just bought in above photo.  Needless to say I was sure some of this stuff would get tossed out – would you believe that I found at least 4 wrenches or screwdrivers in here that I didn’t even know I had – I have not a clue what they belong to but I kept them just in case!


Odd and ends and junk in one – never know if you will need it you know Smile


Things I know I will use – iron on batting tape, glue stick refills ect. Hand quilting supplies


Marking tools in another


Fabric on comic book boards – all of these pieces are at least 1/3 yard to 3 or 4 yards.


the boxes on the top with the purples/red/pink well be replaced with photo storage boxes this week – someone mentioned that if the box covered with the wrapping paper get wet it might bleed, I hadn’t thought of that.


These two bolts on the end need to be placed on top of the others at the other end of the shelf and that will leave room for more of the photo boxes.  I will take the lightest colors out of the brown/orange/yellow box (too crowded) and have them share a box with the pinks – just separate stacks.  I have one baby quilt folded on the shelf – that will be going to donation of something – I’m not sure which one – I might be moving that last box that has the black in it to the top shelve as well as it doesn’t quit fit there and is hanging off the end.


This shelve is the one above the cutting table.  These are all my bought on sale pre-cuts that I have – the two long thin boxes hold what Mike got me at Christmas time from a Craftsy sale – one has Robert Kaufmann 1 yard cuts (14 of them) they shimmer just a little bit and the other box has 50 Free Spirit fat quarters – a variety mix. (these are the boxes they came in, I folded the top back over the box and it all stays folded good in them)


this shelf above the ironing board/sewing machine area has my scrap boxes and the shelf below it has a variety of fat quarters – one on the right side is a Craftsy sale bundle I got called Russian Traditions ( I have a quilt in mind for it) the others well still get moved into boxes on this shelf but I need to get more boxes!   They will all be separated by color also mixing in with the boxes on the other shelves.  At least these aren’t all tipping over so they can wait.  I have one more box to put on the end of the upper shelf it has my 2 1/2 inch squares in it that I am still going through for the Granny Squares.


Little labels go in each of these boxes telling me what size squares are in them.


Nice and neat!!  I do have a small step stool that I use if I need to – but I have long arms and this is a short ceiling room and I’m tall enough that most times I don’t need a stool.


I’m sure you all are as tired of my organizing as I am 🙂 so glad to get it in order though – it is something I bet most of us have to do now and then.

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11 comments… add one
  • Melanie Jan 27, 2014

    Such organization…great boxes. You know what I love about sewing rooms? The tools of the trade– fabric and thread and even baby quilts to be given away are great accents to a great space.

  • Hannele Jan 27, 2014

    Beautiful boxes – I wish those were available in Finland. And if you weren’t living so far on the other side of the world, I would invite you to organize my sewing space immediately 😉
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  • kaholly Jan 27, 2014

    It’s looking great! Wonder how long before it’s all messed up again? For me, it’s a never ending process.
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  • Wanda Jan 27, 2014

    It’s always worth the time to do the organizing. Now you know what you have and where it is.
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  • Thimbleanna Jan 27, 2014

    Wow — it looks great — and now you’re all clean and tidy. Don’t all those little odds and ends drive you crazy? Like you, I’m always afraid to throw them out, ’cause as soon as you do, you need them. But I’d sure like to just get rid of them all!!!

  • Nedra Jan 27, 2014

    Wonderful job Karen! It really shows how much time and effort you have put into becoming organized. Your room will now be a happier place for creating.
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  • Vicki W Jan 27, 2014

    Well done! I’m very impressed. My sewing room could really use this kind of attention. It’s not going to get it but it needs it.
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  • Sandy Jan 27, 2014

    I love how you are making everything neat and tidy, but I would not use cardboard boxes for long-term storage because the acid in the paper will stain fabric over time. The same happens to fabric stored in or on unfinished wood.

  • CJ Jan 27, 2014

    Love the boxes! It’s looking great, good job organizing!
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  • Marianne Jan 28, 2014

    Wow – it all looks so tidy! I’ll have to look and see if our dollar store has those boxes. I have been hanging my yardage (of which I don’t have too much, really) on skirt hangers in the closet. I still use pizza boxes for ongoing projects, as well as those plastic project boxes with handles AND large zipper bags. Those UFOs – the blocks of the week/month – are all shuffled around constantly until done.

  • Vivian Jan 28, 2014

    Wow, Karen. It looks great. And it sure will be easy to find what you need.
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