I walked into my sewing room Saturday with the intent of prepping Vintage Dresses for quilting. That means vacuuming to minimize the possibility of contamination from stray threads on the floor and the cutting table. After dragging the vacuum up the stairs and plugging it in. I looked around and realized just how much of a mess the sewing room really was. There's a lot of clutter and every available nook and cranny is stuffed with something. There are bags of scraps on the floor because the scrap drawers are full, along with books because there is no shelf space left on the book cases.
To deal with this mess, means finding space on the other bookcases. So rather than prepping the quilt, I started decluttering. What you don't see in this picture (cause I always forget to take "before" shots) is the double stack of magazine patterns that were piled up on the top of this book case. Those piles were not quite a foot tall. That seemed like a good place to start. By the end of the day yesterday I'd gotten this far.
I emptied five binders while whittling down the stack to the patterns I really wanted to keep (tastes change). That freed up a whole bunch of plastic sleeves. So a bunch of patterns are going to the recycle place.
The filed patterns fit in three binders.
It will probably take four binders to hold these and what's not filed yet. Still, that means four binders are coming off the book shelf, leaving room for a few more books. I've also started going through my quilting books and have decided that there's a few that should just go. So those will get boxed up and taken to the library at some point.
I spent all weekend on dealing with just the purchased and magazine patterns. I'll try to finish that up this week and start scheduling time to work on some of the other clutter. It's amazing what dragging a vacuum cleaner into a room can prompt!
So no stitching to show off this week, there's not even a clean sewing room to show off, but at least I've made a start on making it better. Linking up with the Monday Design Wall.