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« Reply #1290 on: April 07, 2010 06:56:28 AM »

I collect old yellowed newspapers for art work, atc's, etc. I use regular newpapers to mulch my beds and to use for cleaning, oil spills, fire starters, etc.  but those are stored in the shed...

oh--I know--ariethine's fabric boxes are wonderful!  I want to make some to store all of my fat quarters by color--and make the fabric boxes one of each color for organization!

I probably need something bigger and rectangle for WIPS and I need to be able to throw in a zipper, thread, etc.  I have my WIP quilts in those plastic zippered bags that sheets and stuff come in, and I wish I had more...
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« Reply #1291 on: April 07, 2010 08:49:55 AM »


 I have my WIP quilts in those plastic zippered bags that sheets and stuff come in, and I wish I had more...
oh no.. now another thing I am adding to my collecting list.. lol!
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« Reply #1292 on: April 07, 2010 10:41:51 AM »

More great ideas. Still working in decluttering mode which has now been magnified by having to move almost everything in house to have insulation done ... for FREE. Making this a long spring break but my future even more frugal with lower heating & cooling bill. Home is over 70 years old and had an R rating of 2 which will now be 15 (I think). Yeah. Now I wish I had another week off so I could reorganize and rearrange as I put stuff back. Might get a POD for a month then I could also separate into recycle/sell, trash and donate easier (house very small). Trying to decide is spending the $200 is a frugal move or not. I think this is still on frugal topic. My apologize if it is not!!!  Embarrassed
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« Reply #1293 on: April 07, 2010 08:21:15 PM »

 CraftyDeJa... I think if you first start by filling your car with donations, and taking them to the thrift, you could clear up some space.
Spend your $200.00 on clear plastic containers, of several stacking sizes. First decide where they will live. Do you need shelves?
Large clear zip-lock bags are invaluable, as well as the other sizes.
 The pro organizers say to sort, and then purchase the containers. The best buys I found, are at Big-Lots. Avoid any you can't see thru. Perhaps then you won't need the POD?
  Also, clear bags can be hung on hangers in a closet. I knew a dressmaker who kept all her fabrics on hangers, with plastic over them. Very neat, and easy to look thru.
  I hope this helps!  Good Luck!   If you live near me, I'd come and help for the freebies!!!
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« Reply #1294 on: April 07, 2010 09:23:01 PM »

CraftyDeJa... I think if you first start by filling your car with donations, and taking them to the thrift, you could clear up some space.
Spend your $200.00 on clear plastic containers, of several stacking sizes. First decide where they will live. Do you need shelves?
Large clear zip-lock bags are invaluable, as well as the other sizes.
 The pro organizers say to sort, and then purchase the containers. The best buys I found, are at Big-Lots. Avoid any you can't see thru. Perhaps then you won't need the POD?
  Also, clear bags can be hung on hangers in a closet. I knew a dressmaker who kept all her fabrics on hangers, with plastic over them. Very neat, and easy to look thru.
  I hope this helps!  Good Luck!   If you live near me, I'd come and help for the freebies!!!

Ooh I've never thought of looking for containers at Big Lots! Thanks for the idea, I mostly go in there around Christmas time for toys for my nephews and Christmas wrap and package decoration!
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« Reply #1295 on: April 07, 2010 09:26:23 PM »

me neither!

How are you doing on organizing, maremare?...I need someone to commiserate with...I got one box sorted through...it is very discouraging...I did manage to clean out my huge iron kettle so I can do a planter...I am going to plant it with pansies for now until the last frost...
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« Reply #1296 on: April 07, 2010 09:30:20 PM »

I haven't done anything since what I posted on the thread...I worked on it for two nights and then lost my steam! Right now I am taking a break from quilting to get some more iced tea and check emails and stuff, then back to it. After I finish these projects that need to get in the mail I need to get back to more organizing. Looking at the shelf I have completed is pretty encouraging though. But looking at my recent fabric purchases still in bags on the floor, not as encouraging.
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« Reply #1297 on: April 07, 2010 09:34:29 PM »

yeah--I caved and got watercolors and paper today and they are still in bags on the floor...my order from my fabric club will be here any day and I have no place to put them...I did make up a plan to use up large fabrics first to get rid of them...and only buy one project at a time...I bought 10 yards of batting but mananged to roll it around the drapery tube and stick it in the corner...I need to move to clean up, I think!
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« Reply #1298 on: April 07, 2010 09:56:01 PM »

My fabric is all organized by color for the cottons on a bookself but I scored at joanns and they gave me 30 empty bolts so I am going to wrap my home Dec and flannel fabrics around those as they are in non clear tube right now.

I have basil seeds sprouting already which is exciting. And my guy is driving tomorrow to go pick up free lumber we found on craigslist to build my raised beds. Yay!
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« Reply #1299 on: April 07, 2010 10:52:43 PM »

  Also, clear bags can be hung on hangers in a closet. I knew a dressmaker who kept all her fabrics on hangers, with plastic over them. Very neat, and easy to look thru.
  I hope this helps!  Good Luck!   If you live near me, I'd come and help for the freebies!!!

Thanks for the tips!!! Never thought of hanging fabric. I have "scraps" in baggies in a big container but still have to dig. Larger pieces are on bolts or in a very large suitcase. This system is not quite working for me. I need to see what I have. There is a comic store by the office for my business. I plan to go there for some of the cardboards I have seen a lot of people on craftster using. It is a work in progress. Clutter built up over the years (been in house 17 1/2 years) so I know it won't get where I want it to overnight. Samantha Stevens or Jeanie I am not (darn it). Oh, I do have some plastic bins but need to go through them. Some have items from old craft shows others from my first store that have never been cleaned out. The Big Lots I used to frequent closed. There is at least one more in town but I usually forget about it if I am not in that area.

Better go to sleep, I have a seminar tomorrow.  (Signed up last summer for one low price and can take as many as able throughout the year at no extra charge) Hard to get to many because you get no vacation days during the school year when you are a school employee and I hate to call in sick.

Until next time, DeJa
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