What gets sewists more excited than a new project or even a finished project? Organizing the sewing room, of course! I haven't met a crafter of any kind who hated organizing their space, but that doesn't mean it isn't a daunting task.
If you've put off organizing or rearranging your sewing room because it seemed like too much to take on or you weren't sure where to start, don't worry! We have you covered with our step-by-step guide on how to declare your command over fabric stashes, rogue needles, and giant sewing tables.
Gretchen Rubin likes to remind people that outer order leads to inner calm, and her famous quote certainly applies to craft or sewing rooms. A common phenomenon is that sewists will keep the area around their machine generally well organized, and then the rest of the room is a disaster and likely a fire hazard.
You'll see that once the room is organized, you don't just have a long list of things to do, but an entire room of opportunities!
If you're not careful, your sewing will take over the entire house—a sewing box left on the kitchen table, a tape measure on the couch. You need to reel it all in and also establish some clear priorities for your work and storage areas.
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Fabric is a big pain point because you want to see it all but not have it all out in the open. There are a few different ways you can solve the big fabric problem. But of course, the fabric isn't the only behemoth in the room, is it? Notions can quickly build up.
How to handle fabric:
How to organize everything else:
It is all too easy to rush out and buy a ton of organizing tools, but you can certainly organize your room on a budget. You can reuse nearly everything from around the house.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
If you don't use it, toss it out. If it doesn't bring you joy, in the words of Mari Kondo, then let it go. You can certainly donate many items, but it's worth noting that sometimes you just need to let a tool or project move on.
The idea of organizing your sewing room isn't to put things into tiny boxes and nest those in slightly larger boxes. Organizing involves focusing only on what will actually serve you in the future if you're holding onto everything but putting items into different boxes that's storing, not organizing.
Your sewing machine area is certainly your most frequented work zone, but what about the others? Where do you cut your fabric, and where do you measure your projects? Where do you display half-finished work to keep it at the top of your mind? These are all work zones and should be as clear and organized as possible.
Within your work zones, look for an opportunity to build up your environment. Better lighting, ergonomic chairs, and tables at the appropriate height for your size can dramatically improve your crafting experience.
The big step in establishing work zones is to move or rearrange your furniture. Measure everything out first, and never move anything that's too heavy for you without help. Commercial machines and their motors can weigh a ton!
There are two stages for displaying projects. If you hold onto your finished projects, then you should certainly hang them so you can celebrate and acknowledge your achievements often. You should also display your in-progress projects. It's easy to forget about a project when it's tucked into a drawer, so keep your projects out in the light.
How many hacks could we have for organizing a sewing room? I mean, it could be endless, but let's keep it reasonable. These are hacks, tricks, and tips to make your sewing area extra organized.
On a final note, get creative! You don't have to do everything right away, but set aside time to delve into organizing the room. Then, when you really do have to get to work on something, think about what you'll do for your next organizing window. There are 1,001 ways to store fabric, buttons, feet, and more! Find what works best for you!
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