Organizing My Paperclips

I’m a list-maker.  I’m a procrastinator.  I’m a project starter.  (Sing with me now : “I’m a thief, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother…”)  My mother says I’m really good at organizing my paper clips.  She also says I’m good at decorating dirt.  She really does love me – she’s just VERY honest.

This morning I think she might be right.  I’ve been trying to reorganize my tiny craft space this week because it is constantly spilling out into the rest of the tiny house.  We’re moving in a few months and I know it can’t get packed the way it currently is:


Avert your eyes, Mom.

Avert your eyes, Mom.

While I’m glad to have a designated space for being creative, the craft porch has a lot of drawbacks.  It’s uninsulated and I’m sewing on fairly huge plastic patio table (yep, it’s there on the left under the pile of crap).  The cutting surface is small and when I want to iron something I have to put a mini ironing board on top of the cutting mat.   Once I jam my beloved fabric and yarn stashes into that space along with a couple of chairs it’s pretty much inevitable that chaos will ensue.  When I find a little time to work on something, I often knit or do something else because this mess is keeping me from the machine and the cutting table.

So I’ve been organizing myself to get organized… I’ve been reading a book called Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter (It’s official – a book has now been written on EVERY conceivable topic).  No I didn’t go looking for it, but it popped up in my Kindle recommendations at a weak timely moment.  It does have some good suggestions for getting organized, but most of it is common sense.  Sometimes you just need someone else to remind you of what you already know, and well,  my mother is 12,000 miles away.

The book suggests making project management list to keep track of what you’re working on and possibly even stay focused instead of always starting more projects.  What!  I never do that!  Or do I:


And this is just the quilting.  I’ll need other spreadsheets for knitting, and other sewing.  I’m sad to admit I have so many projects in the works, but it also forced me to figure out why they weren’t finished and what needed to be done to get there.    Most of them are easy to fix stumbling blocks and don’t even require me to spend any more $ to finish them.  I like the idea that I can check the list now and get back on track when I have some sewing time instead of looking at the UFO’s in despair.

I’m off to finish tackling the mess on the porch because the paperclips are now neat and tidy and calling my name.  Somewhere under that pile my machine is waiting for me!


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