What’s up with the piles around here? And why is it that they just seem to get moved around and never seem to go away? Am I the only person with this problem? But maybe I should show you a few pictures and you’ll better understand.
First there are piles of quilts……some finished, some not.
There are piles of books —- ooooo, that reminds me – that library book is due back! I better get it off the pile!
And more books. They’re everywhere! Just in case one might have time to read in any room in the house, I suppose. And the binoculars on top – to catch a glimpse of any rare, exotic bird that shows up at the back yard feeder. Or anything else outside the window.
Then there are fabric piles. Fabric and incomplete projects it appears. So that’s where that pinwheel quilt top is! I wondered where that one was. Sometimes a camera can really reveal things.
This appears to be a miscellaneous pile of all kinds of things. Books, a calendar (probably from 1990), papers, CDs, magazines. Looks like there could be some patterns in there too. Who can find anything when it all ends up in a pile?
There is fabric on shelves in piles……..
….and some not so organized. Actually that looks like a big mess!
There are even some piles of batting. Doesn’t every quilter have a pile of batting? Oh, probably not. But you’ll need it if you’re going to do a Cotton Theory quilt! I promise you need it. Looks like some miscellaneous stuff under that batting too. How does this happen?
So here’s the problem…… I’m in the middle of a quilting project. And I need to use the iron on my latest seams. So I go to the ironing board and here’s what I find……
Aaaaaackkkk! Is there an iron in there somewhere? Can I squeeze 6 inches of open space to press this little 5 inch square I just pieced? So you know what happens, right? I move the piles.
Ahhhhhhh….. Now some serious pressing can be done! But no sooner do I finish that than I need to do some cutting on the cutting table. And you guessed it! At least I think you probably guessed it. This is what the cuttting table now looks like.
Somehow cutting out strips of fabric is not going to work here. So the piles are moved again. And then I need to sew…..
OK, OK….. so you’re way ahead of me and you knew exactly what the sewing table was going to look like. But that’s because you have this problem too, don’t you? I’m not the only one, am I? Your sewing rooms look just like mine, don’t they? No, I don’t have any insecurity issues at all. Why do you ask?
There are also these piles……
But that’s another story for another day.
So I have declared today “Organize the Piles Day!” There just has to be some way to keep the stuff in its place and off the work surfaces. Do I need more shelves? More closets? An extra room on the house? Less fabric and books? (Horrors! Who said that?) An organizing guru? My friend, Judy? Help! It’s impossible to work in this mess. And I’m using that as my excuse for not getting enough projects completed around here. Something must be done!
So let me know if you have some great organizing tip for how to treat piles. Leave it in the comments for all to read. Maybe I should send a spare pile as a prize for the best tip? I suppose that would be one way to get rid of my piles, wouldn’t it? In the meantime, I’m off to make sure Boo didn’t get buried in a pile. “Here, Boo….. Where are you, Boo?”