Friends, I am on a bit of a decluttering roll -- some might say obsession -- here at MPB headquarters. I am committed to downsizing however I can. I have Too. Much. Stuff.
Can I interest you in a slightly used chihuahua? Two?
The last four days have been hectic, with family dinners, guests (hello, Mom), travels, and new eBay purchases -- all related to helping me declutter of course.
Some might say these items will only bring more clutter. Some would be wrong. Look at this lovely vintage luggage set and tell me these aren't the perfect vehicles for organizing sewing supplies, storing Cathy's burgeoning accessory collection, or perhaps putting away some summer items of my own.
This is of course the seller's picture, someone who obviously doesn't know how to art direct vintage taupe. (NEVER photograph with flash, on beige carpet, or against dusty rose wall.) It's no wonder there was only one bidder. (Guess who.)
Meanwhile, back in reality, every time I walk to the refrigerator, I am confronted with this:
I suspect even you are growing tired of seeing this cluttered kitchen table, where I can barely squeeze myself (let alone my sewing project) to make a buttonhole with my Singer Spartan or attach an invisible zipper with my Viking. This surface is going to be reorganized and it's going to happen today. Will you hold me accountable readers? I ask very little of you.
When I see photos of other sewists' sewing spaces (courtesy of Denise of The Blue Gardenia), like Robin's below, I just want to cry.
No doubt Robin is a classic anal retentive type and not much fun to hang out with, but just look at that order. It's hostile if you ask me.
Consider Sigrid's sewing room. If you're thinking sickeningly antiseptic, you're right! An affront to us all.
And this takes the cake -- Myrna's sewing room. So calming, so zen. Do you think any real sewing goes on here? Nonetheless, Myrna wrote a book about setting up your sewing space and you can buy it here. What unbelievable arrogance!
Where's the creativity, that's what I want to know, the gemütlichkeit?
Is the opposite of anal retentive, anal expulsive?
Anyway, I have made progress in my organization. Look how I've been storing my extra patterns:
I love these collapsible fabric boxes and they come in groovy prints. At the Container Store.
Readers, we're running out of time. I must start organizing. And then reorganizing. And reorganizing again. I like the idea of One thing comes in, two things go out, but is that sustainable? In the end isn't one left with less than nothing? Think about it.
How are your organizational skills, dear ones? Do you long for a less cluttered lifestyle but can't resist stopping every time you drive past a garage sale? Have you considered getting a job at Goodwill just for the employee's discount? When you see a sewing space like Robin's, do you want to knock everything on the floor and stomp on it...or am I the only one?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!