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  • #159788

    Zora
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    Years ago, I sorted out all my sewing and craft tools and supplies and stowed them in several plastic chest-of-drawers. Several? Um, six, and two file boxes. Each with six drawers. (NOTE: this does not include my unfinished projects or my fabric stash; this was stuff like zippers, interfacing, patterns, pattern paper, ribbon, etc.) Stacks of drawers loomed over my bed.

    After moving the plastic drawers OUT of the bedroom and some under-used wooden drawer units INTO the bedroom, I had to figure out how to store all my supplies in four large drawers and one file drawer.

    I did it!

    Well, except for making a thread storage chest, which is next on my to-do list.

    While I was looking for thread storage solutions online, I read about one crafter who used large, sturdy, clear, zip-top plastic bags to store her stuff. That’s it! I thought. No need to have umpteen drawers, most of them only part full. Just bag things and stow like with like. Which I did. I thought I was going to have to prune mercilessly, but merely pruning junk was enough. I ended up with enough space that I could devote one whole drawer to beads and yarn, which I had thought I might have to give away.

    Yay me! I will hold onto the plastic drawers for a while, just in case they’re needed in the reorg, but I anticipate giving most of them away.

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    Final frontier – sewing materials pruned and stowed

    @Zora: Just a suggestion to poke air holes in the bags to avoid potential air moisture in the bag problems.

    Congratulations. You’ve worked hard.

  • #207893

    Zora
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    Final frontier – sewing materials pruned and stowed

    That sounds like a good idea. Will do.

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    ninakk
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    Final frontier – sewing materials pruned and stowed

    Nicely done, Zora!

  • #207911

    whit
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    Final frontier – sewing materials pruned and stowed

    Well done, and it doesn’t sound too painful, either! My favorite kind of uncluttering…

  • #207917

    chacha1
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    Final frontier – sewing materials pruned and stowed

    Excellent! How nice to find a *simple* solution for best use of something you already had. 🙂

    Also as a beadophile I’m happy you didn’t have to purge that stuff. I would mourn the loss of my beads almost as much as I would mourn the loss of cheese or chocolate.

  • #216963

    chacha1
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    Final frontier – sewing materials pruned and stowed

    bahahaa! so funny the threads they pick up on.

    So, since this got bumped, I’m going to use it to comment on an upcoming Purge I plan to administer to my craft stuff. My big purge a few years back was very constructive but I still have a lot of stuff that I haven’t used since then and I am now ready to acknowledge that I am *not going to use it.* And that’s okay.

    I’m gonna do what the Etsy crowd calls “de-stashing.” I’m going to put together zip bags of assorted supplies in color sets, and list them cheapity-cheap for one listing period. If they don’t sell, I’ll donate them to a school.

    Basically, the whole bottom-line reason (for me) for doing an Etsy store was to move a few things out of the stash so I had an excuse to buy more beads. As far as I know there is no 12-step program for this particular addiction.

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