Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Storage Dilemma

Where to put "stuff", it is always an issue!
I am always looking for better storage solutions & often DH is called in to assist with some sort of construction task. Recently I purchased supplies to make some shelving in my studio, & in the loft by my longarm machine a place to hang some of the quilts that are scattered around this house......


here.....

there....


and....


everywhere!

This is the system I will use to hang at least some of these quilts after I purchase appropriate rods tomorrow.
This sort of system is used by many stores for display & it is relatively cheap & easy to install
I don't have a picture of my work table before but here it is after DH installed the wall grid so I could get all my tools & other stuff up off my work space. It was also an opportunity to cull unused items & reduce the total mass!
I am very pleased with this you might almost say that I am excited about having a cleared area for cutting fabric & trimming quilts etc & although it might not seem like a big deal for me it is!



The flat surface is all clear & underneath behind the curtain is more storage!
Below is a quick pictorial tour of the rest of the studio, it is really quite a small room so everything has to serve multiple purposes like this bureau with the pressing pad I made to fit on top of it.


My wonderful Tracey Table, that is the best investment I have made in sewing efficiency & convenience.


I converted the closet with three inexpensive bookshelf units [Ikea & Lowes] it's a bit untidy at the moment I have been digging around in it! I cut up a clear vinyl shower curtain & hung it flush with the front of the shelves to keep out the dust.

Those are my UFO, PIGS & WHIMMS in the clear plastic boxes, they are decreasing in number as I have completed 14 UFO's so far in 2009! Only six more to go.


Then I made a pretty curtain to keep out the light & reduce fading.
Last is this open shelf stacked with mostly quilt books, magazines, patterns & some bric a brac!
It could use some tidying also!
Now lest you assume this is it, I haven't shown all the LA quilting supplies etc in the loft-or the machines, fabric, quilts & supplies that are at the CO. house! All that for another day.

5 comments:

farmlady said...

WOW! Ok, let me take a breath first.
I'm feeling a strong urge to "get with it" in my extra room after this post of yours. You have given me some great ideas and made me feel like I need to stop whinning and start working on getting this room into something that resembles a well organized craft room. I love the closet and the plastic curtains to keep the dust off of everything. That work table is wonderful and I have a table out in the garage that just might work in here.

My head is spinning. Your post has done it's work. I'm motivated. Thank you....

Dena said...

Looking at your pictures, I would not have guessed your sewing room is small. You have some great storage ideas and your supplies look well organized. I especially like your basket on the wire grid. Thanks for sharing.

GARI said...

Do you ever find that what you want to use is at the other house?

Coloradolady said...

My head is spinning too, if you could see my sewing room...which only has fresh paint, everything piled in the middle, and my machine on the kitchen table....ironing board in kitchen...a mess!!

Sunna Reyr said...

What a wonderful room, you are so organized. I have a little sewing room that is 7,2 ft. square. Am I a very mean and bad mother if I say I would like to convert one of my kids room in a sewing room as lovely as yours when they leave home. (Have already taken down walls and turned one room in to a part of kitchen/dining room after our oldest moved out) They do complain about me, saying: "where will we live when we move back home"? Duh....