|I have cats. Cats love to play with small things. Cats will eat pins. Cats will bite through measuring tapes. Cats will chew on pencils. Cats will throw your smallest scissors onto the floor and skid it under something where you will never find it until you do your yearly spring cleaning. Cats and sewing notions don't mix, especially in the next bedroom, on a wood floor, in the middle of the night.
I've had one of those cheap multi-drawer carts for years, but only lately did it occur to me that I was using it the wrong way. I had carefully separated all my sewing notions into categories: thread, needles and handsewing, scissors and measuring tools. As elizajo said in a tip, you need to put things not into categories, but into *tasks*. Now, I didn't know about elizajo's tip until I sat down here to write down mine, but I truly thank her for verbalizing what I only murkily realized.
What I realized was that I was going to the cart at least a dozen times every time I went into the sewing room to do some sewing. Once for the pins and rotary cutter. Another time for the little scissors to snip notches. Another time for yet another thing that I had forgotten to pick up. It's only a few steps, but it was getting really frustrating! And then when I finished, everything had to be put away into its own little drawer to keep the cats from using it as a ping-pong ball when I wasn't there.
So I dumped everything out of one small drawer and redistributed it. I got out a few of the small boxes that I obsessively save (for just this reason), and put them into the drawer. I took out all the things I normally use when actually sewing, and put them into the various boxes. And voila! What I have now is a single drawer that I can remove from the cart and put next to my sewing machine, and into which everything goes back when I'm done so I can put it away where the cats (unless they get a *lot* smarter) can't get them.
Click on the link above to see my organizer. Clockwise from upper left: sewing machine needles and feet; ruler, tube turner (hidden behind the ruler), measuring tape, seam gauge, Grabbit pincushion, colored pencils for tracing, and chalk; scissors and seam rippers and other pointy things; hand-sewing needles, Thread Heaven and clip-on magnifiers; pattern tape, post-it flags.
Phew! You'd think that after forty years of sewing, *I'd* be smarter, but at least it happened finally!