A couple weeks back I endeavored to rearrange, reorganize my apartment. I wanted every room to do their proper job. Kitchen = kitchen, bedroom = bedroom, office = office, living/ dining room = living/ dining room. You get the picture. Since I moved into this place EVERY room has been everything. If I was having a party I would move my inventory from my living room to my bedroom, and then it was like princess and the pea with boxes, only I was being tested to see if I could tell that there was still a mattress under there.
I'm not finished yet, but I'm getting closer everyday. All the bones are set up, and now every stitch of product is in the office. When I package your orders, I am not prancing from room to room, I am turning around. What a clever thing?!
The best part of all of this though is actually getting organized! And not a moment too soon did my beautiful Quilted Koala fabric covered boxes in Brown Pearl Bracelet and the orange jewel print arrive! They are so nice! And I don't know what it is, but having such a beautiful box makes me want to keep beautiful things in them. It also makes me want to put things back where I got them. A novel concept, I know.
Not only are these boxes beautifully constructed, really good looking, but M. Elizabeth House is actually on the road, the actual path to being organized in a way that is potentially permanent. So, I thought I'd show you what's in a couple of my boxes.
I have my notions/closures/button box. I love opening it. It has buttons and things that I have collected over the past couple of years for my clothing making and I'm excited to have them all together, and to eventually match them to a champion project.
My Pattern box. I trace all of my patterns, and then I redraft them for my figure or my favorite neckline, or just to show off my clavicle... anyway. After I trace/cut a pattern, I put it in a clear bag and label it so I don't have random pieces of tracing paper floating around, or worse lose a piece. It seems simple enough, and now I keep them all in one place.
cutting tools. I am always losing scissors. And I can never remember where I put that new blade for my rotary cutter that I should have replaced a year ago. They have their own box now, and I'm always putting scissors back into the box. It's amazing. Progress people.
This is a big deal. Knowing where things are, and having it be beautiful. Form and function at its fabric covered box best.
A note about the box sizes. I am using the small and medium nesting boxes on Billy bookcases from Ikea, and they fit really well. The larger ones are in my office, and I will show you those when the ugly duckling room is all swaned out. Also in my office, the bin, it's my favorite.