Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fabric Reorganized

I have been cleaning and reorganizing all weekend. I was in that mode anyway, but after visiting my friend and seeing how neat and tidy her fabric was, it just put me over the edge.

Now my friends can tell you I enjoy cleaning and do a lot of it - mostly b/c of the dogs...they do create dirt! But if it weren't for them, I'd still be cleaning a lot. Don't get the idea my house is spotless; it isn't. You probably couldn't tell I spend as much time cleaning as I do, but I'm off track of this post.

So...as I mentioned Friday night, I decided to put my fabric into the room I sew in. I went to Wal-Mart first thing Saturday morning (only to see yet another truck with a sign "free puppies" (makes me so sick)) to get a set of inexpensive shelves. I'd love for my closets to look pretty with matching shelves but I can't spend that much money now, so I opted for a nice set of wire shelves. I won't go into all the boring details, but long story short, my fabrics are now housed in the closet of the room I sew in and I cleaned out half the closet in the room where my craft stuff is. I sorted my fabrics by color groups and seasons. I started out that way before but things got a little crowded and I ended up digging around to find what I was looking for. Enough gab - here are some pictures. Nothing fancy, mind you, but I'm happy with the results.

Except for the bottom shelf, this cabinet was full of fabric.


A bunch of foam pieces that were in the closet where the fabric was moved to.


Now my glass and wood pieces are housed in the cabinet, which held fabric before. I was tired of organizing so just put it all in there any which way.

Before I could put the glass away, I had stuff all over the place. Two closets and rooms were torn up to make this small change!!


This is the new wire shelf unit I purchased, which holds the seasonal fabrics, some of the other fabrics, and the batting and polyfill. I don't have a light in the closet so purchased a cheap clip-on lamp to hang from the closet shelf (hence the lovely white wire you see).

Here is the smaller plastic shelf unit I moved from the other closet, which had all the glass bottles and stuff on it. Now it has the bulk of my fabrics. Gee, I found some that I don't even remember buying! It's so nice to be able to see what I have :)


The green tree you see in back of the shelves is a Christmas Advent Tree I made for Alissa several years ago from a Laurel Burch Christmas book - that was quite the project!

Now that I've got most of my stuff in order, I can relax a little and work on some embroidery. Tomorrow I'll start cleaning all over again for my friend - whew!

I hope you all had a nice weekend :)

6 comments:

A New England Life said...

You know what they say, things always look worse before they look better! My husband sure does wish I would TRY to get organized! Usually he ends up doing it for me. LOL!

Nice job Phyllis!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Phyllis---your new shelves and all the fabric look lovely and neat--you did a nice job--so take a break!!!! As I told you in an email I worked on room today and the pictures on my site show how neat everything is---in there!!! But I did not show the pictures of the dinning room where some of the "extra" things from the sewing room landed!!!!
Hugs, Di&co

thepaintedgarden.net said...

Hi Phyllis,

Wow - goodness - you really have been working hard. Everything looks great - so organized and easy to find. Now you can relax and plan your next project (I hope it is something fun now that you have your material organized - maybe you can paint a little picture).
Have a great week.
Blessings,
Erin

Laura said...

If you're like me, cleaning up one mess leads to another! Nice job, and good for you to help a friend too!

Cat said...

"Organization" isn't in my vocabulary.

You did great though!

A little organizing usually stirs up creativity! Have fun.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Great job Phyllis!!! You have a lot of fabric too!!! I am not alone!!
Phyllis, I left a loving award on my blog for you. It is not hard, it is loving!!!! Come see!!
Love you lots, Fern