Sunday, January 17, 2010

Organize along, part 3

Hello again!

By now we should have everything on the floor sorted into bins and piles, right?

Time to make a new home for it all.

This part is going to hurt a little.

Rip the bandaid off fast.
Likely you have bins on the floor holding the same stuff that you have bins in the closet holding. We have to get them all combined and/or resorted now.

Take everything out of the closet.
Ouch. I know. It was getting clean in there! It's a big mess again.

Arrrrrrrrrrgh, I am completely overwhelmed again.

Why am I doing this?
This part of the sorting goes a lot faster. Crepe paper meet other crepe paper. Scraps meet other scraps. Once you are fairly confident that you have a bin that is complete put it back in the closet.
Look! We can see the floor again.

Keep going, putting like with like and putting it on the closet shelves. I am using adjustable shelving from the hardware store. It's a little more expensive to outfit the closet that way, but it is worth saving up for.

As you can see in the photos, I decided to add another shelf to my closet, going from 3 shelves to 4. It helped me accomodate more bins because the new sewing room has no shelving on the walls, which I had plenty of in the old sewing room. (A design choice on my part.)

There is still going to be some random stuff on the floor, we will deal with that at the end.


We are almost there. Once this part is done you are a mere hours from completion and it is going to feel wonderful to have it cleaned up and functional again.

I'll see you in two days to finish the job. :-)


  1. I bought storage bins today and I'm already starting to feel overwhelmed. I'm ready to run far away from the storage room. Deep breath. Thanks for the push.

  2. You are my hero! A good time for me to have started this was when I put all of the Christmas stuff away, willy nilly as usual. Maybe when I see your AFTER pics, I'll be more motivated!

  3. I'm so glad I'm doing this. Vicariously. That was a little overwhelming, and it wasn't even my stuff.

  4. I see we share a passion for cute tins! I have had so much fun putting mine to use housing all my various and sundry tools and supplies. Now that everything is finding a home, I will have fewer excuses for buying the charming tins I come across...however, that did not stop me from buying an awesome one on Friday.

  5. Oh wow. Good for you. It feels good to get projects like this finished.

  6. Anonymous6:56 PM

    Sarah, I am trying to stay with you...spent HOURS sorting baby clothes in our spare bedroom and then HOURS in the sewing room and...what I really need is...a new house...with more closets...or at least more shelves. I am just afraid to try to hang them myself and the DH has new wooden shades to install first. Thanks for the inspiration. Your sewing room looks just like mine...FULL!!!

  7. I am the person called 6p00e008etc. don't know what happened there. Vicki at hollyhocks.

  8. Sometimes I think it would be easier to just chuck it all out and start from scratch.
    Sorting out is just so, so hard

  9. OH OH, I am all of a wobble, what a job. Waiting to see the results.....


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