I have not sewn anything... nothing... so far this year (ok, it's still January, but in a normal year, I would have sewn several things by now). I think this is a first for me! What have I been doing? Cleaning, sorting, organizing, purging! I think for the past 7 years (I had a fire in 2005 and HAD to clean) I've been adding and collecting sewing items which means stuffing, stashing.... ok hording, and was feeling stifled with all the *stuff*! So, my friend Kathi, emailed me her excel template and I starting going through my fabric, pile by pile, bin by bin, closet by closet. If I didn't love it, the fabric went to the garage where it will be on its way to the Boys and Girls Club where ASG Los Angeles members mentor and teach sewing. I think there are at least 10 boxes in the garage so far.
I pulled out all the fabric, measured and counted and sorted it. I have over 700 yards that I'm keeping and 6 more bins to sort through. Those bins are in the guest room, so I may hold off on those until I finish the sewing room. After I finished my fabric "cleansing", I almost stopped, but then thought, I really need to go through the closet in the sewing room where there are receipts, bills, photos, *stuff*, and supplies for other hobbies. If I didn't sort it now, it would probably be another 7 years before I thought about it again. So, I dove in, sorted, organized, purged, and shredded. I then went to Target and bought new shelves, plastic shoe boxes, and bins and re-organized. I have 1 last cabinet to go through... but I see the light at the end of the tunnel... at least in the sewing room.
What have I learned? I have enough zips, buttons, interfacing, buckles, batting, fabric, thread, and supplies for at least the next 10 years!