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A good storage system is much more than just putting all your sewing supplies away. It will make it easier and quicker to find your supplies and protect them from damage. It will allow you to use all the space in your room effectively. There are a lot of options to choose from, shelves, baskets, bins and more to help you store your supplies, so it can be hard to choose which ones will work for you. Here are some tips on how to create an effective storage system that works for you. 1. Use all the space available to you, both horizontal and vertical, so that even small spaces will be useful. Take advantage of vertical space by hanging items on a pegboard (a board that has holes where hooks can go in) attached to the wall. The holes make it easy to move your hooks around. Hang smaller supplies, such as scissors, rulers, cutters, spools of thread, etc from the hooks. 2. Use rolling storage bins. When they are not in use, they can be rolled under a table where they are out of the way. Not only are you using the space effectively, but it looks neater too! 3. Make it easy to find your supplies. Use bins that are see-through so that you can see what is in each drawer at a glance. Layer fabrics so that you can see the colour of each fabric by just looking at them without having to touch the fabric. 4. Place infrequently used items at the bottom and top of shelves or closets that are harder to reach. This allows you to use all your space and since you don't have to get those supplies often, you won't mind having to pull out a chair or stool once in a while to get to them.
5. Place frequently used items in places that are easy to get to. This means that you will use those supplies and put them away when you aren't using them. If a system is easy to use, you are more likely to keep using it. 6. Find items that will help to protect your supplies. For example, drape a clear plastic sheet over thread racks to keep the dust off the thread, while still allowing you to see what thread colours you have. 7. Use a folding table for pinning and cutting. Fold the sides of the table out when you need the space for cutting, and fold the sides in when the table is not is use so that your room won't feel cramped. 8. Think outside the box and don't dismiss an item just because you think it can only be used for something else. For example, use a clear plastic shoe organizer that can be hung on the wall to hold smaller supplies, such as ribbons and buttons. The shoe organizer is great because it has individual pockets to store items in. Plus, it is clear so that you can see what supplies are in what pocket without having to open each pocket. 9. Have rooms with multiple purposes. For example, use a guest bedroom as a craft room. When the guests come, put all the supplies away in the closet, shelves and drawers. Or, if you are using part of a living room as a craft room, use dividers to help hide the clutter. The more uses a room has, the more that room will be used. 10. Have a place for each item and always put it away once you are done working with it. If you know where each item is, then you will spend less time looking and more time sewing. As well, don't let things build up. Otherwise your sewing room will become very messy and cluttered. Eventually, you will start to avoid the room because you are overwhelmed and can't deal with the mess. So, avoid this potential stress by always keeping everything in its place. In summary, an effective storage system is one that allows you to easily find your supplies in a glance and uses all the available space in a room, so that you can spend your time sewing instead of searching for supplies. Please visit
Beautiful Creations to see the different storage options that can work for you. While you are there, check out our
Project Ideas page for FREE sewing projects that have complete instructions and pictures for each project.

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Comment by Gail Grange on May 15, 2009 at 1:12pm
This is a very good idea, I already have these drawers. Another tip is to lable each draw as to what is in each draw.

Gail
Comment by Rachel on May 14, 2009 at 3:28pm
I use multi-drawer storage bins designed for small hardware. They have clear drawers in multiple sizes and are perfect for notions, such as marking pens, tailor's chalk, pins, machine and hand needles, sewing machine feet, snaps, hooks, thread, etc. I keep it right on my sewing table all my small notions are easy to find and always within reach!
Comment by Rosemary on May 14, 2009 at 3:18pm
LOL Now there's a great reason to eat jam! On the other hand if you don't like jam you can purchase Mason jars in different sixes with gingham tops too.
Comment by Elizabeth Santaella on May 14, 2009 at 3:17pm
I need it!!

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