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Date: 12/4/13 3:57 PM

I am by nature, not a naturally tidy person. I keep to within a certain level of order, but things gradually build in to little min heaps neatly out of the way.

This has its problems. Crunch time came earlier this week when I was ready to cut out the fabric for two patterns which I had used before. I could not find the last piece for both patterns.

Today I took the day off work to have some down time and decided to dedicate it to all the things I had put off. Apart from catching up on a whole load of general cleaning I have sat down (with some newly purchased folders) and dealt with the scattered stacks of pattern tissue pieces and gone through all my bags of fabric and tidied them away.

I have found a few missing items in the process and am very pleased with the result. Fingers crossed I can find things more easily now in future!

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Date: 12/4/13 7:30 PM

Isn't organization fun? At least for those of us who have a mind to. You sound like you can be very disciplined. Right now, I need that, and am digging deep to find it.

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Date: 12/4/13 10:36 PM

When I tackle a tidying back log there is no time left.

(Oh, to change my ways!)

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Date: 12/5/13 0:38 AM

I am weirdly the opposite. Even though I have a sewing room and can leave it a mess overnight, I just can't do it. When I'm done for the day, I put away what I don't think I'll need the next day, and the rest is in an organized array on my cutting board. When I resume sewing, I know exactly where I am in the project, where everything I need is, and happily proceed. I probably need therapy - LOL.

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Date: 12/5/13 4:42 AM

Me too- way too organized. At the end of sewing everything is put back into place, machines are covered, counters are cleared and wiped, patterns are folded and returned to packages, unsewn fabric is matched with pattern piece and folded- ready to sew.

I get paralyzed around clutter. I spend far too much time organizing but it is what it is and I've learned to accept it.

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Subject: ME too! I'm proud of all of us for getting organized. Date: 12/14/13 1:23 PM

I had never really gotten my room organized, and then we had to use the room to store stuff from other rooms. Finally, I had a huge ironing backlog - so much that it completely covered the floor of my sewing room. It took a week of available evenings to reduce the pile, and then I started stacking - there was the books pile, the mending pile, the piles of plastic rulers, the fabric piles.

Now, I actually have some floor space AND can get to my cabinets. Next stop - put things in the cabinets.

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Date: 12/16/13 7:59 AM

SandimacD & Sewlibra, you two are how I aspire to be with my sewing room……New Year's resolution time!

Backlogs are my downfall!

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Date: 12/16/13 9:00 AM

I am like you. I am messy by nature and it doesn't bother me a bit. My husband is much neater than I am. You should see our opposing sides of the room. When I know it's gotten where it bothers him, I'll clean up.

My sewing room looks like a craft store exploded it in. I promised him after I have all of my Christmas sewing done I'll clean it up.

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Date: 12/16/13 9:52 AM

I lost a hat brim in my sewing stuff somewhere MONTHS ago and it still hasn't turned up! Unfortunately, it was lined with a vintage fabric and I don't have enough fabric left to just redo that.

I keep cleaning up my explosions but it's apparently totally lost. (I even checked behind the TV, under the couch, and everything.)

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Date: 12/16/13 1:38 PM

things can turn up in the oddest places. Most recent lost and found experiences:

lost job security. Spent two weeks feeling like I was back at school asking work colleagues to let me through every door in the building. Found it behind the shoe rack!

Lost coursework sample piece (I had looked every where for it). Found it two months after course had finished in bag with fabric purchased at same time the sample was made.

A few other things found whilst tidying up. Four zips (I kept rebuying it as I couldnt find the last one!), a set of buttons, and reunited quite a few pattern envelopes with their instructions.

It's worth being consistent and going through every last bit, as you never know where it might be hiding. My mum has found pairs of glasses in the garage and in the attic. Why she took them off in those locations and put them down I still dont know.

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