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sewing room reorg

It had gotten bad–very, very bad–in my sewing room. I was in the midst of picking out fabric for a new project, when I took a good look around and realized I needed to close down, take stock and clean house.

Here are some before shots. My camera served as dispassionate witness, documenting what I had been avoiding. Seeing the room’s chaos framed in the camera’s tiny shots made me take action. It helped that the camera didn’t nag.

When it comes to fabric, as is true for many who sew, I am a hoarder. So it was hard to face facts and realize that there was some fabric I should release to the wild and let someone else find its purpose–but I did.

Decision fatigue often set in, but I made myself work in NPR segments: once a show was over, I allowed myself to take a break. Grizzie was a tough taskmaster.

I uncovered more projects unfinished and mending undone than I care to admit.

What a difference. Fabric has been culled and sorted, projects put in bins, horizontal surfaces cleared.

Unfinished projects have been winnowed to one shelf.

Books, patterns, trim and tools are all squared away. The calendar is even on the right month!

What is in the wardrobe, you ask?

A boggart (if you’ve read Harry Potter, you know what that is). To me, as a newly organized sewer, it’s my greatest fear: more jumbled sewing supplies (mostly fleece, pillow forms and fiberfill). Oh the shame. I plan to manage that situation by slowly using them up, which should be easier now that I have opened the doors and taken stock of what I had shoved inside.

Doesn’t it look lovely? Now when I walk in here, I get that same delicious feeling I experience when I walk into a fabric store–all of the colors, all of the possibilities! Now that I can get that sewer’s high at home, it might keep my hoarding tendencies in check.

Time to get back to work.

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  1. Wow – you did a fantastic job! Any chance you want to come over for a visit to my craft room? *wink*

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