Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Sewing Room
Whether you have an actual sewing room or a tucked-away corner, cleaning a sewing room can be a tad daunting. All the loose ends and assorted bric-a-brac you’ve collected can be difficult to untangle and sort (or worse, throw away). Before you get too overwhelmed, though, we’ll give you a few tips on how to get the space in order.
Make a Game Plan
Before you even look at all the stuff you’ve accumulated, try setting a larger goal. It could be as simple as “I want to see my work surface entirely cleaned off” or “I want to put all my patterns into folders.” You can then develop a few ideas of how to get to that end goal. The first few steps are usually the hardest so being prepared is a must here. If you know what you want, it can be easier to stay motivated during a time when it’s easy to give up.
Convenience and Sewing
Whether you stitch, knit, or crochet, you’re trying to make this workspace work for you. Ideally, everything should be easy to find and specific to how you work. So if you’re constantly reaching for one or two patterns, these pages should not be stuffed in the back of your supplies. Now is also a good time to part with any magazines or books that you haven’t picked up for several years. Many sewers will keep things around just in case, but for the most part, this adds to the chaos.
Grouping It Together
Keeping it altogether eliminates many frustrating searches. Many sewers find it convenient to sort their scraps by color as opposed to size. Once you know you need a certain hue, you can pull out your stash and start assessing your options. Use bins or stackable drawers to help separate everything. If you’re working on a certain project, keep everything that you need for that project in one location. Consider investing in cloth bags as a storage solution or even small chests if you work on larger projects (e.g., quilts, etc.).
Try a Schedule
Project management tools can be helpful when you’re ready to clean your sewing room. Not only can you use it as a way to map out your tasks, but you can adapt them to different kinds of sewing projects that you might take on in the future. There are plenty of free downloads out there designed just for sewers, or you can devise your own system with little more than a notepad and a pen. Even in this modern age, there’s something deeply satisfying about crossing something off your list.
Cleaning Your Sewing Room
SewingnMore wants everyone to have a clean sewing space, regardless of how big or small it is. Founded in 1954, our family business has watched how sewing has evolved over time. As much of things have changed, though, the true joy of creation remains as strong today as it did yesterday.