As I watched a webinar last night from Andrew Mellen’s De-Stress your Mess 5-DAY Challenge, I kept thinking how I might adapt his ideas to my sewing room.
The topic was Organizing Your Kitchen. Andrew swears by this organizational triangle:
- One Home for Everything
- Like With Like
- Something in, Something out
He explained that professional kitchens are organized in the following area:
- Cooking and Baking
- Food Storage and Pantry
- Tableware and serving
Diving your kitchen into thinking about these functions and applying the three rules from the Organizational Triangle, you can organize your sewing room/area in the same way!
This is how I divided my sewing room into different organizational areas:
- Current Project Storage
- Tool Storage
- Notion Storage
- Pattern and Book Storage
- Fabric Storage
With these areas in mind, I next took an inventory of the physical spaces that I have in my sewing area and attempted to assign them to a particular purpose.
|Pressing before, during, and after construction|
|Current Project Storage||Basket on Sewing/Serging Table||Contain all project materials|
|Tool Storage||Sewing/Serging Tables for daily use items, drawer by Serger for other items||Scissors
Pins and Clips
Buttons and closures
Binding and Cording
Interfacing and Batting
|Pattern and Book Storage||Filecabinet|
|Fabric Storage||Totes||Each tote is organized by fabric type: cotton, knits, “fancy fabric,” polar fleece and outerwear, etc.|
Doing this step helped me to see where I am struggling with the organization of my sewing room. My biggest areas of struggle occur in the storage areas for patterns, books, and fabric. I simply have too many to fit my container. The answer is not to get a bigger container because the room will not hold a bigger container. The solution is to simplify and purge — a difficult task for me!
I plan to come back to each area as I organize them to show you my finshed progress!