Date: 02-23-2007, 12:39 AM (1 of 6)
Not sure where to post this, I know this isn't the appropriate area for this topic, but you girls have been so helpful thought I would give it a try. I have two passions, sewing and scrapbooking, neither of which I get to do often because I don't have a place to do it. I hate to pull it out and use the kitchen table, then have to put it all up, it's a huge hassel, I'm sure someone knows what I mean. All of my bedrooms are full either with kiddos and there stuff. I do have a gameroom, but it has a pool table in it which pretty much takes up all the space because you have to have room to shoot. I am trying to squeeze some room out of there for my "own space" if there is such a place!! I have no storage or linen closets in my house we are bustin out. I was hoping for suggestions on what you guys do? Do you have your own space? Any ideas??? If anyone can tell me what area to post this under I would gladly do it, sorry if I "invaded" the wrong space
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Date: 02-23-2007, 05:12 AM (2 of 6)
It's not an invasion - I hope the demarcation lines aren't quite as strict as that - although you might get a better response in general sewing. I have the same problems as you with regards to storage space. I've taken over most of the linen cupboard for my stash and currently have my sewing machine in between some furniture, my rotary cutting mat under the couch, my notions in a rattan chest and patterns in boxes in the top of a cupboard. It is an absolute disaster and takes me about 15 minutes to set up for sewing.
Is there anything stored in any of the places you mentioned that you could move elsewhere - garage, attic/roof cavity, cupboard in another room (dare I say it -bin). I am as ruthless as possible about what gets kept at my house (except for sewing stuff of course). If you are superorganised and have neat storage areas it helps a lot - I'm usually not great at this bit but try hard.
If you have 3 girls I bet you have tons of precious school and artwork you'd like to keep. Maybe keep only the most precious (even make scrapbooks of them or for them) and take digital photos of the rest.
Sometimes throwing a bit of money at the problem helps too if you can invest in some good shelving units or cupboards. I'm hoping soon to get a sewing cabinet made up which will look like a nice furniture piece when its packed down. Then I can keep it in one of the living areas without my husband whinging.
Of course you could go the whole hog and extend the house or buy a bigger one.
Hope some of the others can be of more help to you. I'll be watching this space hoping to use some of their brilliant ideas myself.
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Date: 02-23-2007, 08:45 AM (3 of 6)
Years ago I had a great plan that I wanted for this type of situation. It was a tall, thin cabinet. The bottom of the cabinet had storage for machines and misc items. It was rather deep. The top, where the door was folded DOWN and rested on the cabinet base. There was a hinged gate-leg that supported the end of the table. The table was long enough to use for cutting and could be used for the machine when in use. The back of the cabinet top held supplies and fabric. It was a pretty compact unit whilch folded away entirely when not in use. It was probably only about 30-36 inches wide. Something like that could fit in a lot of little places in a home.
It was my experience that when my kids were small I really enjoyed having my sewing in the living area of the house where I could enjoy them and be part of their lives. Of course, as they grew older, this wasn't as convient since they wanted to entertain there. At that point in my life, I moved everything I could to our bedroom.
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Date: 02-23-2007, 10:22 AM (4 of 6)
I bought a plastic banquet table from a warehouse club, and put my scrapbbok supplies in a rolling tote that fits underneath. I then bought two sets of clear plastic rolling drawers and put sewing supplies in that. They fit underneath the table on one side. Needing yet more storage space, I bought the table top plastic stacking drawers, and have 1 for craft supplies and one for sewing supplies. I still have too much stuff, but I keep the middle clear, and leave my machines on one side of the table, and various other stuff on the other side. It sits up against the wall, and I have a pegboard up with even more "stuff". I bought an office chair to sit at, and it works pretty well. I'm sure it would work much better if I would get rid of some of the "stuff".
Don't know if this would work for your game room or not.
Member since: 01-19-2007
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Date: 02-24-2007, 09:44 AM (5 of 6)
Years ago I had a great plan that I wanted for this type of situation. It was a tall, thin cabinet. The bottom of the cabinet had storage for machines and misc items. It was rather deep. The top, where the door was folded DOWN and rested on the cabinet base. There was a hinged gate-leg that supported the end of the table. The table was long enough to use for cutting and could be used for the machine when in use. The back of the cabinet top held supplies and fabric.
You could do the same thing with a "table top" leg & piano hinge & a sturdy book shelf. I can also remember watching a Christopher Lowell Show years ago where he had 2 book shelves turned towards each other with a table resting (with machines I would attach) on shelves. It was in one of his multi funtional space shows (I think the room was an office/guest bedroom). He had stuff on the back side of the exposed book shelf (corkboard?) & you could put storage pockets on the outside edges as well...
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Date: 02-26-2007, 03:50 PM (6 of 6)
|Yes the problem with storage and where to put everything. Years ago friends of the family confinced her husband to put storage above the shower. It actually worked very well. Another friend of the family got those leg extenders to lift the bed up and she slid totes under the bed with supplies in them. But yes a bigger house sounds good. Good luck.||
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