Fall Cleaning

By now, you probably know that the reason this blog is called The Closet Quilter is because my sewing space is located in half (at least half…haha) of our master closet. It’s a very large closet and has a wall of windows, so it’s pretty legit. But at the same time, it is still pretty small. Since I’ve expanded my sewing repertoire to include clothing, it has started to feel really small since I have at least three machines (my sewing machine, serger, and new (to me) coverstitch!) sitting out at all times. My fabric collection has also gotten pretty overwhelming for me and the space. I made an effort to not purchase any more knits and I’ve done a fairly good job. I can’t say that about quilting cottons, though. They have overrun the closet.

Anyway, we’re planning to move in the near future (hopefully) once our condo sells to a town home that has a dedicated sewing room. That’s not the only reason we’re leaving our wonderful condo, but it’s definitely a part of it. Until that happens, though, I needed to make the space more functional.

I cleaned. I purged. I pared down. For sure.

Why do I need six packages of 1/4″ elastic? Beats me. I kept one and the rest went into storage.

Knit scraps; what the hell do you do with those? I know, you make headbands. But I would have to produce 1,000 headbands to make a dent in my knit scraps. What the hell would I do with 1,000 headbands. And don’t even talked to me about an Etsy shop. So the knit scraps went into storage.

Basically, anything I didn’t need on a regular basis went into storage. It felt really good. Our storage unit came with our condo, so it’s just in the basement of our garage and easy to get to if I absolutely need anything.

So here’s the organized space. I’m motivated again to sew in it and did quite a bit of that this weekend!




I take the profanity quilt down whenever I know we are going to have a showing. I think it’s funny next to the innocent spools. The small light will probably go into the other closet since I never use it. That will clear off the table even more.




Here’s most of the fabric that remains in the closet. I put knits in a tub that fits under our bed. There are a few pieces of yardage that are hanging next to our clothes, but it’s significantly less than what I had hanging before. I previous had all of the knits, quilting cotton yardage, and finished quilt tops that needed to be quilted. All of that went into storage. Andrew has a closet to hang clothes in again. He hasn’t complained at all, though, but I know he’s happy to have some space back. The other upper side of the closet has other storage bins for small finished projects, more quilting yardage, a quilt or two, and some stuff for upcoming classes. It’s not in clear containers, though, so I didn’t take a picture. I didn’t want to put my quilting scraps into storage, so I organized them in clear containers and I think they look very pretty up there. Batting and interfacing is in the polka dot container.




This is SOOOO much better than before. I put a bunch of funny thread and serger thread colors in storage. One of the one hour baskets holds “notions” like the 1/4″ elastic. It’s pretty full, so I need to be diligent about not piling a lot into it. I do have a “cord” box in a basket above the drawers that hold some of our clothing.




Finally, the shelving, which includes some fabric bundles and all of my WIPs. I’m making an effort to make my way through the WIPs. I make a good dent this weekend.

Like I said, I’m happy with the space now, but I am really excited to have a dedicated entire room someday soon!



  1. Kim’s avatar

    Wow! Please come help me get organized – this looks amazing! But I do have to say, 1,000 headbands sounds like sort of a challenge 🙂



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