Over the weekend, I put the finishing touches on my big reorganization project. All of my fabric is folded and wrapped around comic book boards now. I wish I could tell you that this is super quick, but it’s not. To be honest, it took hours. The good news is that when you grow tired of folding and pinning fabric, getting rid of things is much easier. My fabric stash is lighter and more manageable now.
It’s also so much simpler to pull things out and put them away. I have a separate bin for scraps and smaller cuts of fabric, but I’m going to try to hold myself to a limit there as well. It feels good to only have fabrics I genuinely love.
This shot of the inside of the cabinet is not super glamorous, but I’ll share anyway:
I have dreams of all of the bins matching (one day), but first it was critical to clean out as much as possible and really see what’s left. The bottom shelf contains a bin with all of my home dec fabrics and corduroys, velvets, etc. This is also where the giant paper for the nice printer is stored plus my scrapbook/sticker collection. (It’s OK to be 30+ and have a sticker collection.)
On the shelf with the fabric, I used a bookend so I could divide the shelf in two: fabric mini-bolts and full size rolls of muslin and interfacing.
We added a second drawer which makes me so happy. I have all of my millinery supplies, notions, and other bits and bobs organized in separate plastic bins in the drawers. Then there are separate bins for ribbons, adhesives, art supplies, paint, sewing patterns, yarn, tools, etc. The top shelf has all of the weird stuff: left over pieces of foam, wreath forms, and other things I don’t need to access on a regular basis.
I decided that this cabinet should only hold supplies — not the abandoned, half-finished projects. When I open up the doors, I want to be inspired by the possibilities not overwhelmed by incomplete or failed ideas. This means that I tossed quite a few “maybe one day” projects. That is a wonderful gift to give yourself. I would encourage you to do the same. Do you have any other de-cluttering and organizing tips? I’m on a roll and ready to tackle a few more spaces.