Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Sewing Room Update...

Quote for the Day:
After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully.  After five years, look at it with suspicion.  And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.  
~Alfred Edward Perlman

We made a little progress last weekend on switching the bedrooms and sewing room around.  We are also working on it some this weekend, too.  It's hard to get too much done at one time with both of us working and Andy being on-call every other weekend.  We are both tired by the time the weekend comes around, but we do what we can.

I had a very busy week this past week and didn't get to show you what we got accomplished last weekend, so I'm going to show you that today.  Then hopefully, within the next day or two, I'll get a post done with what we accomplish this weekend...once the weekend is over.

Last weekend, we moved out the quilt cupboard and another storage cabinet that had been in Erin's-bedroom-turned-quilting-room-turned-our-bedroom.  In their place, we put Andy's wardrobe,  dresser, and chair.

This week, I spent some time measuring the new sewing/quilting room, trying to figure out a good arrangement.  I need to be able to fit my sewing table, my hand-quilting frame, my stash, and all of my extraneous sewing/quilting parephenalia into it.  I took graph paper and drew out the room, complete with measurements, etc.  Then I measured everything I need to move in there and cut pieces of paper to scale for those items.  I've been playing with them, moving them around like pieces on a chess board, until I finally found a configuration that I think will work very well.  

I've been looking at for a storage solution for my stash, since there is no closet in the new sewing/quilting room to put shelves into to store the stash.  Because I know exactly how much room everything else is going to take by using my room drawing and cut-out furniture, I know exactly how much room I have for shelving units.

I found a solution at Billy bookcase with glass doors.   
I'm going to put them in a corner configuration similar to this, but not exactly...
I've never been to Ikea  before because we don't have one very close to us.  However, there is one in Pittsburgh, so we are going to go there next weekend and pick up what I need.   Who knows...we may hit some thrift stores while we are in Pittsburgh, too!  :)

A couple of days ago, I tried to find something in the bottom drawer of my file cabinet.  It wasn't pretty.  :(

How could ANYONE find anything in that mess???  I decided to declutter it and rearrange it and this it what it looked like afterward...

Better.  Now I can find what I need and easily retrieve it when needed.  Yay!  

I haven't been doing too much decluttering recently.  :(    I need to get back to doing some of that.  Of course, with Erin's help in a couple of weeks, we are going to be decluttering the sewing room as we move everything into the new sewing/quilting room!  :)

Looking forward to that!  :)



  1. Love the shelves you picked out! It will be nice to have all matching units instead of mix-matched units with differing amounts of storage! Can't wait to see you guys in a few weeks and get to work!

  2. Exciting changes going on at your house. The shelving units look great for fabric storage, but I like solid doors instead of glass to protect the fabric from light damage. What I use is some pantry cabinets I got on sale at Target with a couple of extra shelves in each that I got at Menard's and cut to length.

  3. Oh my gosh that is exactly how I figure out how to rearrange a room! I think I learned it from Mom...
    I spent much time cutting out and labeling my "furniture" to figure out how to rearrange my room when I was a kid... Good times!
    I hope you like Ikea. I've only been once, and with someone who wasn't interested in looking around, so I didn't get to explore as much as I wanted. Let us know what you think after you've been!