Well, I am well-known for working in some kind of creative chaos. I can tolerate messes and piles for quite a while, and then I start becoming frustrated when I can’t find what I need, or finding something takes way too long. Then I spend over an hour putting things away, sorting things, and buying boxes and organizers…
So in an effort to completely organize my sewing area, I purchased what sounded like the perfect book:
“Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter” by Carolyn Woods:
So the other night I sat down with the book, preparing to find ways to become super organized…
In the first chapter, the author gives an overview of how to become organized. Some of the suggestions made sense, such as using up your stash and not buying more fabric.
But the first section on the causes of clutter struck me as totally inadequate to my situation. The author states that there are 6 causes of clutter:
1. Not enough surface space
2. Too much surface space
3. Too many projects at once
4. Unfinished cleanup
5. Inaccessible storage
6. No designated home. (Well, how can something have a designated home when you aren’t organized?).
Well, of this list, I guess I am guilty of numbers 1 and 5…..but the real issue, I think, is that I just have too much stuff and no place to put it. I have fabric paint, stencils, stamps, extra fabric, a huge role of batting, extra pillows, vintage fabric, and about twenty clear shoeboxes of fabric scraps. I don’t just quilt; I make cards, landscapes, gifts, bags, and almost any other project that seems challenging to me.
Then the author suggests having someone sit with you as you work, while you talk about the obstacles in your way. I know my problem: I have too little surface space and no storage organization.
Once you determine what your obstacles are, Woods suggest setting organizational goals, based on (a) room characteristics to change and (b) stuff that needs to be better organized.
Well, call me overwhelmed but everything I have needs to be better organized…how do I know which set of drawers will work, what size work table I need, what kind of storage units to install? If I sound frustrated, I am.
Oh yes and then she adds, “Set a budget”.
Well, clearly I was stumped by the first two chapters. I don’t really have a particular room that I can use for projects, so I used a space in my bedroom. Eliminating one daughter’s bedroom for a studio seems to be too big a change, since I suspect she will be home sometime to use her room. And then we have a family room, where guests sleep, when hubby and daughter number 2 watch TV. It’s in the basement and is in a nice, out-of-the way room. But we are not ready to get rid of the family room yet….so I am stuck in my current space.
So, do I buy new storage devices? When in a couple of years I might actually have a room of my own? Just live with my ‘creative chaos’ a little longer?
And there are so many other household repairs and tasks that need to be done. I think I’ve answered my question: Do not do a major organization now. Learn to live with what I have!