... for spring.
In my head, this includes spring cleaning.
Not the type of spring cleaning that includes washing down each wall and window or scrubbing the floors till they shine, but more the type of going through my cabinets and cupboards, reorganizing everything and getting rid of some old stuff (not as much as I should, though...).
This week I ranted a lot about my sewing room. It's not small and I really love it, but there's only one wall to put a bookshelf to, so I have a severe storage problem.
There's a three-door-closet in the cellar for most of the fabrics I bought in a larger amount, so fabrics aren't the problem... (did I really say that?!?) It's the growing amount of magazines and books that give me trouble.
While the books are nicely put on the shelf - sorted by type, like knitting/quilting/sewing techniques and sewing inspiration - I store the magazines in those cardboard-boxes you get everywhere. "Fine!" You'd say. But it isn't, actually.
Most of them are now parking in the second row, taking over the desk and conquering the floor, building piles.
Another fact is that I just don't know how to organize them in a good way - meaning that I will find what I search for in less than "a few hours".
Having I-don't-know-how-many issues of Burda WOF, MSB, Patrones, Ottobre, Lifestyle-Magazines and Crafts-magazines, I sometimes loose track what's inside.
It's the one blouse you KNOW you have the pattern for - but where? Which magazine? Which year?
It's the perfect idea for a present for a beloved friend... you saw something in one of those mags... but where? When? Was it in one of those lifestyle-magazines or was it a finished pattern? Damn... you just can't remember...
I clip ads or inspiration from magazines that don't come with patterns and put those clipped papers in a small booklet, together with my notes. I use sticky notes to mark special pages. I also rip the BWOF pattern/instructionals booklet and throw away the rest (you won't believe how many space this is saving!), but with many magazines this just isn't possible.
How do you organize and store your stuff? Do you use your computer to make notes of what is included in which magazine? I'm really interested in your solutions!
Of course, I simply could stop buying magazines. But let's face it: I could also stop breathing, right?! ;)
Hope you have a sunny sunday with enough to read!