I've been very, very busy lately, and as a result, I've kind of... um... neglected organizing my sewing stuff since, well... since we moved into the house. I had great intentions of organizing everything, setting up a system, a real "studio." That just never happened... Instead, what happened is this nightmare:
Boxes of pattern pieces, half finished things I had started for myself (nightgown, bra...), boxes of fabric, boxes of knotted elastic, I kept losing things under the pile of nightmare. Finally on Saturday I said enough is enough and I got down to organizing my "studio."
I got all of my patterns assembled in sleeves into a binder, so now I can actually easily find all of my pattern pieces! No more spending an hour looking for the back pieces to a pair of panties, or a missing bra band.
This is what my elastic supply looked like pre-clean:
I put all of my sample garments in one drawer, all of my packing supplies in another. All of current collection's fabrics live in these bins, so I no longer have to run around like crazy looking for "That piece of pink satin that I'm SURE I bought last week..."
And now that my sewing supplies actually have a home, it is so much easier to tidy up after a 3 day long marathon of sewing...
It's hard when you are juggling a pay-the-bills job + life + a small business. It's hard to prioritize around birthday parties, bbq's, and gardening... I sewed until 10:30pm for the last few nights, and have been starting my days at 6:30am, but I'm loving it and I feel so much better having an organized space to work it!
It was totally worth it though to spend most of Saturday morning cleaning through my sewing stuff. Have you ever let your space get this bad? I have to admit, I'm a bit of a free-spirit, live-in-the-moment, carpe-diem sort of person, and when I get going I hate to have to stop to put things away, so I often find my space is filled with half finished projects... I am going to really try from here on out to keep it organized!