My doctor ordered me home for three weeks. I have been taking on a lot lately and my body was telling me to take it slower but I wouldn’t listen. I thought stress was for quiters and I’m not a quiter. But I began to have more and more stress-related symptoms and because my doctor feared if I pushed myself any further I would have a burn-out, he told me to stay home, get some rest and only do what I like to do and what calms me down. So basically nothing work-related and all-sewing related. So far the bad news.
The main thing that needed reorganising is my mind, so I can wrap my head around certain things again. But in order to do that I had to reorganise or declutter my environment.
I don’t like to clean or pick up after myself, but I have to because I hate living in chaos even more. But these past few weeks I could’t get myself to do more than the usual household stuff so my home got rather clutterly (is that even a word) . Not dirty or a total chaos, but not organised enough for me. So I tackled it all yesterday and I feel a lot better.
The main thing is the reorganising of my sewing room. I don’t have a lot of space in my apartment, I have about 3 square metres in my living room so it needs to be well-organised and clutter-free.
I’ll share with you the before and after shots.
My sewing space used to be just fine when I got started but I just needed more space now that I have more stuff. But since more space wasn’t an option I needed a better layout working with the things I had. It will be easier to keep organised as everything is a lot easier to reach than it was before.
The idea of putting my patterns into envelopes came from Rachel. I loved the idea. All my patterns were thrown together in one drawer and I hated it. Re-organising turned out to be so simple. The only difference is that she printed on her envelopes. But as my envelopes are bigger than the size my printer can handle, I copied all the covers of my patterns and glued them onto each envelope.
I can’t ‘just’ sew, I need to do something else as well. Like watching TV (And I can watch TV now while sewing so that’s a plus. I don’t actually watch TV but I like to have something like Friends or Buffy on so I can listen to it while sewing. I know both almost by heart so listening to it and once in a while looking up and catching a glimps is perfect for me) or (my latest addiction) listening to audio books. Perfect for me as I love to read but can’t read and sew at the same time.
What do you do while sewing? Have you got any special organising skills that make sewing life easier?