I love to sew. However, I live in a small house so I do not have a place to designate as my “sewing room”. Since I have to put my sewing stuff completely away after every use, I am less likely to sew because it can be a bit overwhelming to pull it all out again and put it all back again. Plus, it was in a closet in the boys’ room where we keep all of the school crafting materials. It’s probably not a good idea to wake your sons just so you can sew at night. ; ) So, I set out to find another place to store my sewing items.
I looked for a space that I could sacrifice to my sewing hobby. Then I notice that the top shelf of my china cabinet was holding knick knacks. I’m not a big knick knack person so I was ok with moving them out of that space. But did I really want my sewing notions, thread, etc. out in the middle of my house?
I like things to be contained in baskets or containers so I searched out the house for such things. Then I organized my materials into the baskets and boxes that I had found.
From the top, clockwise:(1) Embroidery items and cutting utensils; (2) cords, manuals, & applique needs;(3) thread; (4)most used items such as pins, scissors, needles, etc. My craft closet holds items that I might not use as readily.
Now that everything had its place, I put the containers into the cabinet on the top shelf. I love the way that it looks but I find functional items pretty. I don’t know…it just thrills me when something is pretty and functional.
I also make sure that I have a basket containing my current projects and patterns close at hand. I keep it out close to my sewing machine. My fabric and pattern stashes are kept in the craft closet.
I also look for little used spaces to hold items such as my cardboard cutting board and my ironing board.
In summary, here is what I do when looking for space in a small house:
1. Think outside of the box. A china hutch doesn’t have to just hold china & dishes. The same could be said of many items.
2. Look for hidden, unused spaces. I like my house to be as clutter free as possible. So that means I want items put away but when you are limited in the space department, that can be tough. Look behind doors, under furniture…anywhere that is a space that is not being used.
3. Decorate with functional items. Kind of a two-for-one deal. I rarely decorate with items that are just pretty to look at. I like most of my decorations to be pretty and serve a purpose as well. Notice I didn’t say always. ;0) Everyone needs a little beauty in their lives!
4. Use what you have. I try to use containers and shelves, etc that I all ready have on hand. Every once in a while, I have to buy more but more often than not, I have what I need.