Tidy up sewing room – how to organize your craft room Marie Kondo or konmari style!
As I said in the tour of my studio earlier this week, I’ve been decluttering my house fully inspired by the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (affiliate link) as well as the show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. So today I’m going to take you through how I did it, using her principles. I’ve also got a video of me explaining my thoughts, and going through my notions and my fabric that you can check out below or watch on YouTube here.
Because I was tidying from least to most sentimental value, I started with notions and ended with fabric, which is the category in my sewing room I feel the most attached to. I was surprised how many duplicate notions I found, and also how much trash (like empty elastic wrappers) I found when I took all my notions out.
I was also pleasantly surprised that when I did things like combine boxes of thread, I ended up with an empty box which was perfect for storing buttons that were in a bag in my closet. So as you declutter, look for items you can repurpose to help you organize and store things.
Going through all my notions allowed me to put them back in a way that made them easier to see within their drawers and bins. Yes, the button box is below things here, but it’s partially visible and once I get those two tiny empty boxes out of the drawer, everything in here will be visible.
I took my elastic out of the drawer where I had to dig through it and made use of one of my card catalogue tables to store it in a way that I can see all my elastic when I open the drawer. This table is currently out on our landing outside my sewing room, so I’m going to have to figure out how to put it in my new sewing space because it’s perfect for notion storage. I also moved my ribbons, lace and bias tape out here.
After going through my books and patterns and putting the ones I decided to keep back on their shelves (more on pattern storage next week) I tackled my fabric. This bin is an example of how I store scrap fabric – pieces that are big enough to make a pocket but no bigger than a sleeve. Pieces bigger than a sleeve I store wrapped on boards on my shelf. You may have different criteria for the size scraps you keep, but any fabric that is big enough is great to roll and stand, so you can see all of it upon pulling the bin or drawer out.
As for my actual fabric, you can see below the pile I pulled out that no longer gave me joy. I donated half the pile to Austin Creative ReUse and bundled the other half into destash boxes that I sold. Now my shelves are full of fabric for which I actually have projects in mind.