Declutter Your Sewing Room

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what your sewing room can look like and how to organize it– let’s chat for a quick minute about decluttering your sewing room.

This is not an easy subject as I find that I really like what I have and I really don’t want to give it up!  But in the end there comes a point in time when you are sooo overloaded with fabric and supplies that declutter is the only option.

The process is the same really for each of these areas.  Don’t overthink things.  Just concur it section by section.  By the end you’ll be done and you never would have thought it could happen!

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Questions to ask yourself while sorting:

  • How old is this?  I know we all keep things for a long time.  But really consider this.
  • What is this for? If it’s for a project- try to collect all the elements together
  • Is this quality?  The last time I sorted through my sewing room I got rid of a ton of fabric.  Gasp!  But really it wasn’t good fabric. It was thin.  It was crap.  I didn’t want that in my projects anymore.  I need fabric that will last- so that was a big helper in deciding whether I kept it or not.
  • Do I have multiples?  How many scissors does one need?  Ok- bad example.  But other supplies.  Do you have 3 – 6″ rulers?  2000 zippers?
  • Will I really use it?  Be honest with yourself.  If it has sat there for soo long and every time you could have used it, you passed.  That’s a pretty good sign it won’t be used any time soon.  Time to move it on.

Here are a few spots that most of us have that you can work on.

Declutter your Sewing Room by Space:

  • Closest
  • Drawers
  • Shelves
  • Counters and work space
  • Bins and containers

Declutter your Sewing Room by topic:

  • fabric
  • books
  • patterns
  • notions – zippers, ric rac, hem tape, ribbon, lace, buttons, yarn
  • supplies – scissors, pens, rotary cutters, pins, needles
  • misc- batting, interfacing, fusibles

Either way will work.   It will take time, but then when you are all done you’ll know what you have (it’s a great reminder of what you have!) and you’ll be able to get going on the next project because you can find everything needed for it!

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  1. Martha

    9 August

    I had to move from a large space to a small space. Two things helped, first, listening to my daughters tell we to give it up, having a yard sale and seeing people happy to find great bargains. The second I have been doing alone, I ask myself if the house had burned down would I really missed it. Yes to my favorite sewing machines and sergers, yes to fabric for quilts,yes for fabric for little dresses for Africa, yes for American Girls patterns and fabric to go with them, Yes to fabric for pillowcases. Now I am starting over with the fabric I have in boxes. If I can use it for the above mentioned projects I will keep it, if not it goes. This is very time consuming but it is working. One box at a time.

  2. fran

    23 March

    I am so overwhelmed that I dont even know where to begin. I just look at it then walk out andclose the door

  3. Becky

    23 March

    Fran– that’s been me a few times as well! I decide to just either set the timer and do something for 15 minutes or whatever time I have OR I pick a spot and say….. this pile. This pile I am going through and putting away. Then if I feel like it I pick another pile and keep moving.
    I’ve been working on my closet right now and it is taking a long time!
    Another thing I do is just sort. Like I have a shelf that should be my display things. I’m not worried about what it looks like, I’m just putting what I want to display on it. Then when i have the energy or time I go back to the shelf and make it look nice. So I get it where it needs to go, then I can fix that spot once everything is there.
    Good luck!

  4. AmyInNH

    26 March

    – Map cabinet – long flat drawers for works in progress
    – Ikea – table tops in various sized, table legs that are adjustable height – legs can be used on other large/flat things like luan doors, for those into repurpose
    – Ikea – mini ironing board, sits flat next to your sewing machine, also has a hook to hang it away on the back of a door or in a closet – can also be made by those who repurpose, with a coathanger, heavy cardboard, batting and teflon fabric from Joann’s
    – Ikea – small drawer desktop cabinets, fat quarters fit perfectly in them, also good for binning trims – can also be made with shoeboxes and outside finished with simple spraypaint or glue on fabric.

    And the biggest organizing tip: too good to toss, but you KNOW you’ll never use it? Someone out there is waiting for it – donate it to Goodwill, or any sewing group having a sewathon for charity.

  5. Judy

    23 May

    Is this a book — 30 days of Organizing Your Sewing ?

    Thanks, Judy

  6. Becky

    24 May

    It’s not. It is just a helper to find topics to get your organizing your sewing room. An ebook would be a great idea though!

  7. Joan Thomas

    5 June

    I love some of these ideas. I have a hard time parting with fabric. Lately I have been making up baskets and donating them to basket parties. I really have not made a big dent in the fabric, but if I keep it up I will And the charities really appreciate them.

  8. Pam

    15 July

    This is a big help as I will start this process next week. But not over 30 days. I am giving myself 7 days. Full days with a helper. I plan to donate to my after school program and to a few friends on limited income. I want get on my Christmas projects and can not until I do this clean up!

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