Organization Post #574

Here I am again.  Miss Organizer.  It’s a curse.  I can’t stop organizing.  Maybe I should just give up and sew.  But I promised I’d show you the fun things my niece, Janna, brought me recently.  We had the best day together!  Well, at least I had the best day.  I put her to work, so the jury is still out on how she felt about the day.  She may never ask me to make her a quilt ever again.  Guess I’d better take advantage and take a  l-o-n-g  time to finish this one.  Maybe I can get a couple more organizing days out of her?  I better not push my luck.  Besides….. she reads the blog.  My secret is out.

This is Janna.  She’s putting together the cool 3-drawer cart that she bought me at The Container Store.  If you don’t know about this fabulous store, you need to get familiar with it.  They have the best organizing stuff ever.  One of my most favorite places to shop.  I could go seriously crazy in that store.  I have to stay away.  We’d be broke for sure if I shopped there very often.  I can’t contain myself when I go to The Container Store.  Really.

Notice Boo is just happy with the bag.

See?  He can play all day in a bag.  And I have no idea what he’s looking at.

Janna also brought me these fun, collapsible cubes.  I love that you can see what’s stored inside them.  And that they collapse when not in use.  Did I mention how cool the stuff is that you can find at The Container Store?  What?  I already told you?  I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.

Janna brought me these cute containers for corralling things on my shelves too.  I love how bright and cheerful they are!

And then Janna took everything off my shelf unit and organized it.  She’s a wonderful helper!  I hope she comes back often.  She’s fabulous in the sewing room.  And I just love spending the day with her.  Even if she did nothing.  Just sayin’…..

See how very organized my shelf unit looks now?  And not only that, it’s pretty.  I absolutely love the bright, happy bins!

Janna organized a bunch of things in this cube too.  It’s fabulous how you can see what’s in there.  Makes it easy to find things at a glance.

And look how cute the little cart is tucked under the cutting table.  Janna put lots of things in the drawers too.  It’s a fabulous little storage option.

This plastic bin was full of stuff when Janna arrived.  An empty container is a good thing! 

Boo agrees.  Well, sort of.  He actually thinks empty containers need to be filled up.  With him, of course.

And then…… the very best part…….

Janna sat for hours sorting and folding the fabric in my fabric drawers.  When she started they looked like this:

But when Janna got finished with them, they looked like this:

Christmas fabrics!  All folded and neatly in one place…..

And look at these nicely organized browns and lights and yellows and greens.  It’s fabric utopia.

Reds and blues and a few purples.  Nice drawers, eh?  Janna could hire out to help with sewing room organization.

But she did all this so I would work on her T-shirt quilt.

And I did work on it a bit.  But it doesn’t look much different than the last time I took pics, does it?  I quilted about 3 blocks.

And I added the musical borders to this small piece from one dark shirt.  Janna would love for me to finish her quilt in time for her birthday.  It’s September 7th.  She failed to mention which year.  I think that’s my salvation.  I really think I can finish it by 2011, Janna.  I have a feeling she’s not laughing right now.  But I have a big grin on my face.  Ha!

I better be careful.  I might be able to pull out one more day with Janna if I play my cards right.  And I love days with Janna.  Even if she just visits with me while I sew.  And I promise I’ll work on the quilt some more real soon, Janna.

Just as soon as Boo moves off of the fabric I need……

Aunt Barb

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8 Responses to Organization Post #574

  1. Susan says:

    I LOVE Janna! 🙂

  2. Cyndie Knisley Shindle says:

    I’m so jealous, my niece’s don’t live close by, you are very blessed. I like the t-shirt quilt, it’s going to be awesome.

  3. Pam says:

    Janna, I might be able to finish your quilt by Sept 7. Will you come and organize my sewing room?

    Loved the BOO pictures!

  4. Kaye says:

    Loved sharing the day you spent with Janna The Organizer! Oh, I just love Container Store… and Janna too!

  5. Judy says:

    What a FUN, FUN day – at least organizers can say it was FUN! Love your purchases and ideas! Happy day for Aunt Barb – day with Janna and updated sewing rm TOO! Is Janna’s phone number nearby for when you can NOT find somethin’ because you know right whar it was before, but now…????? BOO is the BEST helper!!!!

  6. Janna says:

    Thanks for showcasing me on the blog 🙂 I like organizing. Some parts of my house would show you that… others, not so much. My birthday is getting here a lot faster than I thought it was, maybe this will need to be my Christmas present (2010, of course). 😛 If it’s gonna take you until my birthday 2011 (or beyond), I may take Pam up on her offer 😉 (but Pam, I’d help you organize your sewing room if you’d like me to. Plenty of Janna to go around, no need to fight over me!– the tough part is finding a weekend that will work)
    I’m glad you’re liking all of your storage options, I hope it’s still in use and staying somewhat organized.
    oh yeah, I love Janna too! 😀

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