January is National Organization Month. You can tell because all sorts of retailers are selling things to help us get organized. Lots of baskets and plastic containers are on sale now. I have to admit to being a plastic box junkie. I have to tell myself over and over again I don’t need more boxes. If the stuff is on sale? It’s even harder to pass it up but I’m getting stronger.
My studio is a wonderful space until I get so busy that I pile things up. Sometimes finding things reminds me of an archeological dig. I’ve got strata of fabrics and leftover projects. I’ve got papers that I’ve written measurements on. I’ve even got mugs and water bottles buried in with the rest of the stuff.
I’m ready to fight back against the stuff. Join me in 15 Minute Studio Spiff Up.
First up on our journey is to vacuum what ever amount of floor you can get to. Let's get the dust bunnies and threads out of there. It'll make us feel like we are starting with a clean slate.
Our first assignment is to physically put our hands on our UFOs and list them so we can refer back and remember what we have that we can finish. I chose this first because I want to do Vicki Welsh's UFO Challenge. And, how can I bust UFOs if I don't know what I've got. I made an Excel spreadsheet. I've been keeping my UFOs on spreadsheets for a while but this time I decided to get them out, neaten up my storage areas and see what I could do with them. I've labeled all the boxes and bins I'm storing things in and listed the location.
Because I started fresh it took me a lot longer to do this. Some things actually got thrown away. (I know, amazing isn't it?) Some of the fabric is back in the stash.
This did not take me just 15 minutes. I spent several days working on this and often when my timer went off I continued for another 30 minutes or even longer. BUT, I made that decision deliberately. And, even better, I still had sewing time so I didn't feel deprived.
Here's the awful truth about my UFOs. I had 55 items listed. I have spent a few minutes comparing the 2015 list with last years. AGH! There are several I forgot to enter -- like 6 or so that are in the closet waiting for quilting. It is pretty eye opening, to say the least. Surprisingly a lot of my items are actually 4.5" blocks from swaps from when I was on Prodigy. Yep, I'm talking very early Internet. I definitely need to participate in Vicki's UFO Challenge.
Let's get going gals! While you do the UFO's, I'm planning next week's area. Heck, I already know what it is. It'll take me several 15 minute sessions but not nearly as long as the UFO listing, hopefully!
I'd love to hear from you on how your Spiff Up is going!
And, when your 15 minutes of Spiffing Up is done you can get to sewing with no guilty feelings at all cause you have a plan to do your whole studio. See you next Wednesday for the next installment of our Spiffing Up adventure.
Happy Quilting All!