Operation: Dream Sewing Room 1

If I make it small, you can’t see as good 😉 

Yep. My sewing room looks like I’ve been robbed. I need to seriously declutter, tidy and organise this room, but it’s soooo easy to put off. Yesterday afternoon – I made a start.

I started by getting organised a Donate section, a take to school section (craft items going to the school chaplains program), a bin bag and finally, I went against everything and I made a “put elsewhere” box and got started.

Of course, Once I’d completed the 1 hour I could dedicate to that task, and the kids had gone to bed, I sat down and tackled Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. Ohhhh a peg board! I want that! I knew I wanted to move my embroidery machine around to make room for my laptop and to set an actual “office space” up, but, I had one cupboard in my future office section, that I’ve been trying to keep clean or sort out ever since I moved my felt in there, off the bench – you know, to make it tidy (hahaha) – but I couldn’t come up with, or find a solution…..

This cupboard has felt sheets, postage stuff, office supplies and god only knows what else in there. I even threw out all my scraps a while ago in an effort to fix the issue. Oh dear. Pinterest and google searches weren’t helping at all. Until I come across a site that mentioned the sheets are “approximately the size of an A4 sheet or slightly smaller”.

There was lots of mentions and suggestions about hanging files and filing cabinets but I thought, they aren’t stiff like cardboard and will easily bend if not full (like some of my paper tends to do) and they will end up piled in the bottom of the folder – that’s no good. Plus my filing cabinet is the other side of the room, I don’t have room to move it, I don’t want to have to keep getting up (lazy much?!) – I need my stuff easily accessible when working. Maybe I could attach something inside the cupboard???

And then it hit me! I had 4-5 large folders with 4 D clips in, that currently holds patterns… I was going to declutter severely down to one or 2 folders (because I have them accessible to me at any time if I REALLY needed them, and most of the time I can’t find the pieces needed or it doesn’t occur to me I already have the pattern printed, so I re-print the pages as I need them anyway).

Inspiration hit – And guess what?? MY FELT SHEETS FIT!! I found a Felt Storage Solution that works for me. I can lay the folders down or stand them up. I can sort by colours, and place a different colour sheet in each individual pocket and they are neat, tidy, accessible and functional! I can even put a label on the edge with all the colours in the folder – easily accessible and I can view at a glance.

See the fluff that gets on the felt sheets usually?

I’m feeling proud I’ve come up with a Felt Storage Solution that works perfectly for me, using what I already have. I still have a looooooooong way to go for this room. But I’ve made a start – and that’s the important thing.

And I still want that pegboard 😉

Christine xx

 

Decluttering 2017 items in 2017.

I saw a post by Amy on More Time Than Money about this challenge, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I was intrigued, her post inspired me, so I headed over to Nourishing Minimalism and signed up!!

IMG_1228.JPGI look around at my mess of a sewing room (At the moment it looks like I’ve been robbed, especially after orders, Christmas, school holidays and general neglect). And I know that I am already going to be able to smash out these 2017 items. I will start here. Items will be sold, given away (Donated) or trashed. They will all count.

I’ve printed out 2 copies of the checklist, one is 2x A4 size pages, the other is 2 to a page so I can add it into my Kikki K journal to keep me on track. I’ve mentioned before how I feel less stressed with less stuff to maintain and I think this challenge will give me the kick up the bum I need to get a start.

 

Motivation is at a high, sewing room, here I come!!!!

Christine xx

Decluttering – where to start?

This is the biggest thing I’ve seen in groups I’m part of – where do I start? It’s so overwhelming. I was there. Only a few months ago, I was there. I didn’t know where to start, what to do. There was just SOOO MUCH STUFF! Not only did I not know how to start, once I did, I didn’t know how to maintain or I had an even bigger mess.

My biggest hint is start with the easiest stuff and don’t expect that your first attempt will be your last attempt.

Garbage Bag – grab a garbage bag and start walking around your house/room. Put all obvious garbage in the bag. Trash, broken toys, old batteries (or is that one just at my house?!?), junk mail etc

Donation Box – use a cardboard box of some description. Doesn’t have to be massive, if it’s not breakable (like glasses) then it may be ok in a bag. Start walking through your home or even just one room and removing all the obvious stuff you no longer want. If you are wanting to sell it, take a photo and list immediately. In my experience, if I don’t do this straight away, I won’t do it. I also give myself a time frame – if it doesn’t sell in that time frame, I donate.

See my box of “I want to list this” stuff – which is still waiting…. THIS is the reason I now list as I go!

I like to move it, move it – now it’s time to go through the room – yes, again – and start putting stuff where it belongs. Remember, if it doesn’t fit where it belongs, this is your indication that you need to decide what to do with the extra items that won’t fit. Don’t make piles to take somewhere later. Take it there RIGHT NOW. If you don’t, and have a box to “take to other places later” chances are, if you’re anything like me, you won’t. Mums get distracted, kids need to be picked up, lunches made, dinner cooked. Basically stuff happens. And that box of stuff ends up sitting in the corner a month later…..img_9982

Usually, if I’m doing a room, I grab a garbage bag and a donation box and start at one side and move around. I have found doing these steps makes the biggest impact to a room. This way, when I inevitably get distracted I can put the bag in the bin, the donate box back where it belongs and I’ve still made a difference to the room. There isn’t a pile of stuff that still needs to go to it’s proper home. It’s done. (Can you tell from my photos that these are lessons I learnt from cleaning the toy room first)

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Wardrobe Declutter #2

One of my current ongoing “projects” is my personal wardrobe. Every time I put something on I don’t like, doesn’t fit, is uncomfortable or I just go ummmm – it goes straight in this bag by my door. This is the second time I’ve gone through my wardrobe and I love the confidence of now knowing that I love every piece in my wardrobe and it fits! This bag is ready to go straight to the donate bins. In fact, I think I’ll take it there today 😉

Christine xx