I am thinking about using a filing cabinet I have and zip lock bags for each pattern. Anyone have any tips or ideas... I have to get this dealt with. GAH! I have them laying loose inside desk drawers and it's not working out. The problem I see with a filing cabinet is that it may be too wide and the bulk will end up making the hanging folders become twisted. I was thinking of baskets of a similar width instead but I don't really have a home for them either...
Do you organize them according to pattern type? i.e. kids clothes, womens clothes, mens clothes, home dec, etc? Or by size?
My mother-in-law used to make copies of any patterns she used more than once, out of broadcloth. She had a specific color for each size. (She made kids clothing for a living) She kept all of her patterns in a dresser and each drawer was dedicated to a certain size - I think. I can't recall exactly!
I don't have a spare dresser or the space to keep one - otherwise I would do this.