Category Archives: Organization

How to Create a Sewing Pattern Inventory Database

I am pleased to announce that, after hours of research and experimentation, I have finally found what I consider to be the perfect solution to my years-old question of “how do I organize my sewing patterns??” The quick answer: Evernote.  … Continue reading

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The Big Decluttering

My little sister Lauren and I have been on a big decluttering spree lately. And we’re not done. But in the meantime, here are a few of the things I’ve gotten rid of: My crockpot. Heresy, I know. But when … Continue reading

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On Decluttering

If there is one concept scarier than decluttering, it would be… Clutter. And it’s only once your fear of clutter is greater than your fear of throwing away prized possessions, that you can truly begin to declutter your home and … Continue reading

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Decluttering Marathon!

I’ve been on a decluttering marathon lately. It’s been fun, actually. This is the most recent pile of stuff I got rid of (which, among other things, consisted of about half my wardrobe). Most of it went to the thrift … Continue reading

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Simplify Life: Multi-Purpose Cards

There are myriads of little things that take up time, space, money, and energy. I don’t pretend to have them all figured out.  One thing I make a point of, though, is to avoid buying specific types of cards for … Continue reading

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Vintage Suitcase as China Storage

After examining the china storage options at The Container Store yesterday with my mom and sister, I came to three conclusions: These are fairly poor quality. These are really expensive. These would be a piece of cake to make (my … Continue reading

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Organizing the Bathroom: Makeup in a Teacup

A year or two ago, I impulsively stopped at a yard sale on my way home from work — I had gotten off early for some reason, and of course decided that stopping at this yard sale was indispensable to … Continue reading

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Sewing Room Organization: Alternatives for Scissor Storage

Ladies (and gentlemen?), today I’d like to share two of my favorite organization tactics for sewing scissors. While we’re at it, we’ll take care of seam rippers and markers, too. Bought at Office Max on clearance for 97 cents many … Continue reading

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Vintage Double Cola Tray as CD Holder, and DVD Organization Tip

I know that, in this enlightened age, most people have their music on their iPod and have gotten rid of their CDs.  For those of us clinging to the older ways, however, here’s my latest storage idea. It all started … Continue reading

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Ian’s “Stuff Postulates,” and Why Housecleaning Never, Ever, Ever Ends

I will here present to you, for reflection, Ian Voyles’ observations on the nature of Stuff (thanks to Mr. Voyles for his permission to reprint these here). Stuff will never fit back into the container from which it came. Ex: … Continue reading

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