Saturday, July 30, 2011

AAAAAAA, I'm Drowning

Help please, I'm drowning.  Drowning in a sea of mess!!  A mess that I've managed to create all by myself - well almost!  I've said before that I'm really lax in putting things away as I use them.  And lately it has been worse than ever.  Since I don't have any real deadlines pending, I decided it was time to clean and reorganize.  But I just don't know where to begin and how to proceed.

This is the area that I call my "Sewing Cabinet".  I originally had planned to store my AccuQuilt GO cutter and the dies here.  Inside the large door, are a basket and a decorative milk can filled with scraps of fabric.  I never know how large or small a piece should be to be eligible for saving.  What do you save and what do you toss?  I'm sure that the area inside this door could be put to better use.
This is the closet area.  There are still things of my Mom's in here, even though she moved out three years ago  We are slowly but surely going through this junk  stuff to decide what to keep and what to pitch.  My granddaughters played in here for two days, and were trying to help clean.  NOT!!!  But they had a good time.  I want to clean off the shelves to put the two Brother embroidery machines and the boxes of accessories for them in here.  I don't use them very much, and could put the space they are taking up now to better use.

 This is the front window area.  As you can see there are piles of fabric to be put away.  The black photo boxes on the shelf are full of fat quarters and other supplies such as binding, zippers, and rick-rack.  I have already purchased clear plastic storage boxes to replace these.  The photo boxes were a good idea at the time, but I can't see what I have.  I think the clear boxes will be a great improvement.

This is what I call the "buffet area".  This surface was originally intended to be used as a pressing area - thus the iron.  But as you can see, there's no room for ironing.  The fabric on the shelves used to be neatly folded and stacked, but that has gone by the wayside also.  Inside the doors of the buffet are shelves loaded with boxes, baskets and dishpans of God-knows-what.  I am a pack rat for sure, and live in fear that if I throw something out, that surely I will need it and not have it.

And last, but certainly not least, is the area under the sewing table.  Another mess!  These boxes are filled with fabric to be folded and put away on the shelves. I know what has to be done, I just don't have any idea where to begin.  If you have any ideas for better organization, I would love to hear them.


JustCindy said...

Yes, you are drowning. I have no advice for you. Good luck!!!

Pat said...

Oh, yes...I know that feeling as I've had it frequently. I usually just start making piles....keep...give to thrift shop.....throw away and also give myself a time limit.....tell myself to do as much as I can in 30 minutes and then give myself some kind of reward (reading my Kindle for 15 minutes, watching a show I like for a half hour...something like that). Bit by bit I start to make enough headway that then I WANT to continue and get it done and looking nice. Of course, I then don't KEEP it nice for very long! *sigh*

Retired Knitter said...

I tend to be neat in the areas that are visible but don't open a closet!! :-)

In my last job, I arrived in my office to a stack of stuff on every surface. I sat down at my desk and began by cleaning off the surface of the desk - looking at each and every piece of stuff and deciding to keep or pitch. Then I move to the first drawer and so on. Eventually I worked myself slowly across the room. It took a week. But in the end it was cleaned up and I knew where everything was.

So start in one corner, or one shelf and clean it up and move to the next. It will take time but it can be done. And be willing to throw away stuff. We have spent the last 7 months cleaning out our townhouse of 25 years. Finally we are starting to see some spaces. The spaces feel very freeing. I don't remember anything I threw away. So it wasn't something I really needed. And if I hadn't used it in a year or two chances are I wouldn't use it in the next few years either.

When I started it felt like a massive job that would never end, but as I proceeded, it began to feel good, I loved the organized areas I was creating and it encouraged me to do more.

PatSloan said...

Thank you for sharing with us at the Learning Center Linda! I hope you share your 'after' as well.. wink! .. Pat Sloan