WOW --- I read the blog comments from the last couple of days. Here's a HUGE issue that I see most parents are saddled with. The kids leave home and leave tons of stuff behind - just like at my house. Elle's parents were HARDCORE --- she was given until she was 21 to take her stuff -- what was left was donated or sold. It's no wonder Elle is on top of the clutter in her house.
But seriously --- I've heard it over and over again, "My kids left their textbooks from university, they left furniture, or other stuff behind." If your kids wanted their stuff bad enough, they would take it. They do NOT want this -- they just don't know how to deal with it or how to say, "no thanks, Mom and Dad, but I really don't want that furniture!!" M left when she was 19, and I've been "gently" trying to get her to deal with it every time she comes home.
I think it boils down to the fact that she feels it will no longer be her home if there is NOTHING of hers here. Funny how we seem to think that possessions in a house make it a home, and that is so not true! So we're going to try once more to get her to cope with her stuff. I see no reason for parents to become storage facilities. When she leaves this time, I will be giving it a clean sweep.
Whatever excuses they give you for keeping it at your house will NEVER go away. Distance, size of their house, no room, too costly to ship, etc. -- those excuses will never go away, and you are saddled with their mess. Nope -- not going to put up with it any longer!
Someone else mentioned that they wanted to do room swaps. Hey -- some people, particularly if they are on their own, are swapping the master bedroom and their sewing room. If you are sewing in a small space while your large master bedroom goes practically unused, SWAP IT!!! If you need help - I'm available. We'll get things done in a day -- you just need boxes. Seriously, this cleaning thing goes much easier with a friend around. I can be your friend!
OK -- so let's have a look at the sewing machine areas.
So here's my area in Studio B- nice and neat. I will confess that it's a mess this morning, but I'm working on a deadline quilt, and it's strewn on that work surface, but it's the ONLY thing on that work surface.
|Sewing surface in Studio B|
And here is the stuff on the right side of my machine.
|Stuff on the right-hand side of the sewing machine|
I swapped out the plastic project box for the blue tin. I'm not convinced that this is the most suitable container, but I'll try it out for a bit. And I moved everything from the cutlery tray into the other tray. The cutlery tray is in the giveaway box.
|What's now on the right-hand side of the machine|
|The "after" picture|
|Cathie's sewing cabinet|
|Maryke's "before" picture|
|Maryke's "before" picture|
|Maryke's "after" picture|
- While we may work on multiple projects at once, it's a good idea to keep one project at a time at the sewing machine. When you don't get mixed up. f I need to work on multiple projects (or multiple blocks for the same project), I use mini design boards. Then it's super easy to clean that area if I need to make a quilt backing.
- Once you are done with that project, then make sure that everything gets removed from the sewing area and back in the project box or wherever it needs to go.
- Keep an eye on the right-hand side of your sewing machine. This tends to be a junk collection area. Keep what you NEED there and find a home for everything else. This is going to evolve over the next couple of months. Don't just randomly plunk anything there. I sometimes use a basket to corral small things, like Cathie has by her machine.
- Don't be afraid to move your machine on your sewing space (if you can). Often we plunk the sewing machine in the dead center of the table. But it's OK to have only a few inches on the right and LOTS of empty space on the left. That gives you loads of room to work on those large quilts and NOT much room to fill with stuff on the right.
- If you don't have drawers underneath your table, invest in one of those plastic storage units. They are on wheels and work like a charm to keep things organized and near you.
|Sewing space in Studio U|
|An extension was added to the right-hand side of the sewing table|
|The drawer of the sewing table|
|Ironing station in Studio B|
|Stuff on the iron holder|
|Ironing station in Studio U|