Studio Purge? Check.

July 23rd

Giant bag of scrap fabric

The bag where all of my fabric scraps have gathered for the last several years, including lots of teeny tiny worthless pieces that leave me scratching my head. What did I think I could use that tidbit for?

Good lord.

Old wool sweaters, felt, and gobs of cotton.

Fabric scrap nightmare

It wasn’t pretty.

Fabric scraps, after

Phew. Better. That bag is full of smaller scraps to be sent off to a teacher friend. The box is full of folded larger scraps for a quilt I’m putting together as a wedding gift.

Scrap box, after

Much better.

Yikes these suckers were heavy

Next up? Notions. How is it that I have safety pins, spools of thread and pairs of scissors in 45 places in my house? No longer.

Ribbon box, before

Before. Oy.

Ribbon box, after.
Notions box, after

After. Better.

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The knitting bin wasn’t looking any more organized. With stacks of half completed knitting projects that needed to be frogged and a fair collection of teeny tiny balls from left over projects, this bin was crying for attention.

Yikes. What a tangled mess

And also pleading to ignore that tempest JoAnn and her mighty coupons. Not a thing needs to be added to this department.

To become a stack of ballband dishrags

Instead, with a bit of planning, I divided up this nonsense into future projects. There are lots of babies coming this Fall to friends who may need a soft cotton washcloth or two.

To become another knit wrap cardian

Or a pretty pink wrap cardigan.

To become two felted market bags

Or perhaps a felted market tote or two.

I think I’m addicted to productivity. It is disgusting how much pleasure it gives me to clean, organize, send excess off to a better home and make a lengthy list of future projects. Not to mention the joy I get from documenting such nuttiness.


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28 Responses

  1. Doesn’t it feel great to get organized! I feel like I’m constantly RE organizing though lol. If only the kids could keep their stuff up!

  2. Yay!! Great job – always feels like I got several monkeys off my back after accomplishing something like that.

  3. Wow! Could you reorganize my scrapbook supplies? You’re so fast! I’ve been trying for two weeks now to clean out my closet and get clothes ready to donate. And, there’s lots to organize once that is done!

  4. Well Kelli, I’d like a bit of your efficiency around here. Anytime you want, you already know my address….

  5. yep, when are you coming to Australia?

  6. Your purging and organizing are inspiring, Kelli. I was once so disciplined but have somehow accumulated an awful lot of crafting, sewing, and knitting supplies that now take up space in almost every room of my house. Not only is it hard to find things that I actually need but I’m left scratching my head wondering my original intent as well as feeling overwhelmed by my own stash–and it’s my own fault. Your discipline is one I shall endeavor to emulate very, very soon.

  7. It does feel good to get things organized!

    That is on the list for my garage when the weather cools down.

  8. Melanie July 24, 2008

    I love seeing what you do. It’s a good reminder (and inspiration) for me to look at the piles that could use a little thinning around my place. How can 1 person have so many scissors and never find a pair when she needs them? As always, thanks for sharing your projects with us.

  9. Lookin’ good Kelli! You’re off and running on your organizing project, way to go! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  10. your stash looks so manageable and easily tamed by those bins. mine, on the other hand? oh lordy. i’ve been going through mine and have so many little boxes of yarn and fabric and bits. am leaning toward those XL plastic bins to store/sort those bits in, someday. maybe come payday.

  11. I agree completely – purging is the best feeling ever. This week I’ve been cleaning out all sorts of things and making good use of Freecycle!

  12. I love purging, organizing, and freecycling. It’s so satisying to see the results, too. Yay, you! πŸ™‚

  13. You’ve inspired me once again. I got all my beading stuff sorted and put into one bin. Now onto my scrapping stuff which I’m afraid is going to take a whole lot longer than a day or two. I didn’t realize how much I had. Eeeeek. Happily when I am done with all this, my little sunny room will be family friendly again. Yea!

  14. I feel more organized today just looking at your organization! Hopefully the leftovers I sent will arrive soon and you can add them to your fabric scraps!

  15. Jeanie July 24, 2008

    Hi, Kelli!

    You are doing so well. I am still looking at old photographs in boxes that are stashed under my couch for sorting. I *hate* having things under my couch but I have a 4-month-old baby so my time is not really my own for such projects.!

    Thanks for being an inspiration yet again!

    Hey, my husband majored in Art in college. In cleaning out our basement recently we came across bins of weaving stuff. He took his loom apart but saved a few expensive pieces of it to maybe give to someone in Minnesota (locally) who weaves. We’re so slow about finding where to give this kind of stuff. It’s good stuff but it takes time to organize and reduce and give away. I’m confident we’ll get there, though!

    Thanks for always being you.


  16. Honey, you are doing things here! Doing things, I say! It’s giving me a nice boost of inspiration as my energy starts to flag every day in my own mammoth clean-out (and as I, too, resist those blasted JoAnn’s coupons.)

  17. Very inspiring…makes me want to do the same. I always feel refreshed after a good purge.

  18. You should see my huge pile of fabric scraps on the floor in my office. THe kids use it like a pile of leaves! LOL

  19. I feel the same, it’s very soothing. One wonders why I don’t ever do it, then.

    Looking at your pictures is just as soothing.

  20. Good job Kelli! I would be insane in this house if I were not a super organizer! everything looks great!

  21. Are you going to pop over to my house and sort out my sewing room?

    Gill from Canada

  22. I love the shape of the market bag! Do you have a pattern to share?

  23. Yay!! I love getting these sorts of things done. It’s so inspiring!

  24. So when are you coming to Boston for the weekened, or maybe more like a week? I could help you feel so accomplished! Seriously it’s all for you! LOL
    It looks great!

  25. Yup, organization is like a drug. It’s crazy the high I get off it πŸ˜‰ You have inspired me to do something with my fabric scraps! I rarely sew anymore…

    Maybe a scrap swap??

  26. Pity you can’t just send over to us. I need to raise 200 000 dollars for my ministry… pop over to my blog and use that organized mind to share some tips pls.

  27. Anyway you can come over and help me sort my stuff? πŸ™‚

  28. I like reading about your organizing. I am in the middle of doing the same thing. What with stuff in the office, the dining room, the living room, the garage and at the hangar, I could never find anything. It was in boxes, shopping bags, cloth bags, shoe boxes, etc etc. I’m almost done. Another weekend or two and all will be good.