Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Spring Cleaning Begins

My sewing studio (sounds better than kid's former bedroom) will never grace the pages of a magazine, but when I lost my straight pins, something had to be done.

So, yesterday, I started on the 30 minutes to tidy project. Nancy Zieman taught me about 10, 20, or 30 minutes to sew, and I thought that could apply to this project.

Two days in and I have made significant improvement to my space.

The cutting table is clear. My current project is piled on one corner. Like the neon green zipper? I have room to move.

This is the right end of the  serger "table" (a board om two file cabinets). I was embarrassed by how old some of the stuff on there was. I found two notebooks, that I am sure I have been missing for months. The rubber glove is the best thing I have found for clearing the lint out of my cutting mat. The bag is filled with selvage edges, that I am waiting for the perfect project. I see I set my camera case down and forgot to move it as I took the picture.

Left end of the serger table, with my tablet stand, my tool bag, some thread and my coaster for my coffee cup. Might still need a bit of work but it is much better.

The best part is that there isn't any stray fabric. Big pieces are in one place. Smaller pieces are in another. The pieces that are small enough that I won't use them are here.

They are packed up and ready to go to the local kindergarten for their art projects. I asked the teacher if she would like them and she was thrilled.

My serger table had 5 coasters on it. Why?

These three I made, and have never used. So, they are just sitting on my table, cluttering up the space. Obviously a new home is required.

The treasure of the day is this.

A package of barrette backs from a store that went out of business in the 1990's, I think. The only time I pin my hair back is at yoga and I use bobby pins. I have started a collection of things for the give away table at quilting.

In case you are wondering, Mysti has decided to be a bit more social. Still very cautious, but she has started to play and get in touch with her inner kitten.


  1. Mysti, looks like you are getting along just fine, and even agreeing to a photo, well done. A tidy up, always good to find things and sort pieces out. My batik scraps are all jumbled up in no colour order at all,so that should be something to do on a winter's day down here.

  2. Mysti, you are a lovely girl and I hope you find a loving forever home! When we return from holidays I will be joining you in the '30 minutes a day' idea, it's not as daunting as trying to tackle the whole room in one go.

  3. Looks like you have made a great start on the clean up. xx

  4. Great idea about the "30 min", I should apply that, too... And what a great idea to use a rubber glove for the cutting mat, may do that later today, my mat is looking very fluffy ;-)
    And did you find the straight pins?

  5. I'm in the middle of a project so my sewing area looks like an explosion site. If I clean it I'll spend hours looking for the stuff I need so I'll clean it once my project is done. Whenever I clean, I find lots of treasures too. I used to have a cat which looked like Mysti except she was ginger. She scratched me bad once. I still have the scars.

  6. I read that hoarders hoard not because they are naturally messy, but because they are perfectionists, and feel they are overwhelmed by the job. I recognize that tendency in myself. The 10 minute cleanup is still something I'm working on. Glad to see it's working for you. Thanks for the motivational message!