June 25, 2012

Tidying Up The Studio

I've been attempting to get my studio in proper order so that I can actually see my fabric and work with it. I have a problem with being neat and tidy... I've inherited my Dad's filing system, which we've nicknamed the 'piling' system. Finished with something? Just plonk it on the table and walk away. But I've come to realise I need to break that terrible habit because it stunts my creativity and productivity. Can't have that, can we?!

So I got an extra shelf (I'd have gotten a larger shelf but my studio's only so big... boooo...) with a door so that I could put more fabric on the bottom without the cats thinking I put it there for them to play with. 

So far I've gotten some of my stash sorted. Whole collections together, smaller cuts and larger cuts separated and somewhat sorted by colour. It's a work in progress. Oh boy.

Big miscellaneous cuts are at the bottom of the new shelf and my quilting books are at the bottom of the other shelf. Cats don't seem so interested in books, thankfully.

And in the interest of full disclosure, this is the shelf on the right. I didn't tidy it so you can see my sickness in its glory. It's disgraceful but I'm hoping it'll be sorted soon. Right now I'm looking at it and I want to cry. I know my Mum is having heart palpitations right now. Sorry, Mum. 


A lot of the fabrics are scraps from old projects that were too large to go in the scrap bin so I just dumped them there. See, piling system. Then of course there are a few quilt tops, finished and WIPs. And the bottom have bins with fabric that need to be folded and stacked properly. Gahhhh!

And after everything's neat and tidy, I give it two weeks before it'll look like a tornado blew through the studio. I'm incapable of keeping anything tidy. Ask anyone, they'll willingly tell you.

11 comments:

beth lehman said...

i'm so glad my 'problem' has a name! piling!! i do it ALL over the house until i can't stand it and then spend HOURS cleaning up. i NEVER put something away immediately... i might need it. i spend so much time looking for things... (scissors, seam ripper, thread?!) it does stiffle creativity, though, i'm convinced. it's hard for me to start something new, until the old has been at least shoved aside.... your tidy looks good!!

Anne said...

Oh how this problem is familiar! Except mine is worse. A lot worse. I'm going to Ikea on wednesday to buy some very needed extra shelves and will be spending hours rearranging my sewing space!

MariQuilts said...

I know all about that piling system as well.

Kiza said...

Oh...the piling system is so familiar. I might have lost my cutting table under a pile. Maybe. The shelves are lovely!

Carla said...

Your shelves look just delicious! Such beautiful stacks

honeyguide said...

Wow. I am amazed that there are others out there just like me. I'll have to tell my dad about about the "piling system". My mom just calls him a "plopper".

mascanlon said...

A couple of times I year a buy another new container and push all the piles into it! But I am running out of closets to hide the containers in...

lemony lucy said...

There was this great study paper, which I totally don't remember the name or location of, that said that organizational habits are different, not bad. There are some people that file and store and others that pile. It's a legit storage/filing system. That's just the way your brian works. See, you're a tidying genius!

lemony lucy said...

(hahaha, or your brain, not your brian.)

Cindy said...

Looks like you're getting everything organized. Looks really nice! I'm in the process of turning a spare bedroom into my sewing room and it's going slow. I have fabric all over the house! When my husband see's me picking everything up and taking it upstairs- he always says, company's coming!!!:) And he's always right!:)

Kara-Kara Pumpkineater said...

I love those shelves! Super pretty. I started tidying up my sewing room this weekend but still have a ways to go... work keeps getting in the way of LIFE! :p

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