here's a follow up on how my mess is evolving into organized clutter (sort of) - i still am searching for the perfect solution to my odd amounts of fabric - both remnants and larger bits. here's what i did:
i realized that almost nothing i own can go against a wall with a bay window, so i picked up a bunch of these collapsible shelves from staples (got a few of them on sale for $25 ea, and if your order on staples.com is over $50, they deliver to your house for free, which is nice cause these suckers were a little hefty.) part of the reason why i went with this solution is because in an apartment, it tends to be kinda frowned upon to install permanent shelving. this way, when i move in a year or maybe ten, these shelves will fold right back down to a single sheet of wood and i can take em with me!
here's what that part looks like:
for the larger bits of clutter, such as the huge amounts of japanese stationery i've acquired, as well as notebooks to collage in, wood to paint on, and archaic office supplies i am convinced i will one day have a use for, i filed and labeled them in these photo boxes - kind of a budget solution for those who crave a card catalog:
for some smaller pieces of fabric - especially felt that gets warped in this especially humid weather, i stacked them off to the side - a temporary solution until i think of something better:
and all the little tiny supplies got divided up into canisters i could pull out or rifle through, depending on the specific project i have in mind. for instance, if i'm making buttons, i can pull out all the silver canisters. here's an example of how i divided up my supplies:
overall, it's been really refreshing to have a method of organization - with drawers and containers that all look similar, i find i mix everything up, or when i start a project, it all turns into one big mess anyway. hopefully this will keep me in check!
any suggestions or further developments are appreciated!
anyone else try reorganizing their clutter?
thanks for all the great input!