I can tell by the responses and by the number of views on posts about organization that we are always trying to find solutions to this sometimes insurmountable problem.  So many of us feel lost in our piles of projects and supplies, and I’m sure at least some of you feel like you could be so much more productive if you could just get a handle on the problem.  So what is the problem?

Maybe it’s my 6 years experience of being a kindergarten teacher, compiled with 4 years of being a mother, and 3 years of being a crafter/decorator/sewer professionally, or maybe I just saw it on HGTV (what was the name of that show where they decorated and organized a room?), but it’s that our personal organization system isn’t congruent with our personal organization needs.  Every person, family, crafter, quilter, is unique.  We all approach and accomplish tasks in our own ways and our space needs to reflect our personal needs.

That doesn’t make it any easier to know that, though, does it?

I did an amazon search and came across the book Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter: An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams by Carolyn Woods.

Organizing goes beyond seeing pretty inspirational photos and buying containers and this author and professional organizer knows this well.  Her steps begin with identifying the sources of the clutter.  Often the answers are more simple than we realize, or we don’t even recognize a habit or routine as being a source of the problem!

The next step is goal setting.  I laugh at the author’s words that the answer is almost never to go out and buy “a dozen clear plastic containers”!  Admit it!  You’ve done it too!

Only then can we attempt to get organized and STAY ORGANIZED!  An organized space is only as good as your ability to maintain it, and most often my case is just that.  A complete inability to maintain it.

This book is filled with examples and solutions for organizing specific supplies and sewing items in a number of different types of spaces.  I do believe I’m going to go use my Amazon reward points and get my own copy of this book!

If you have this book, or any other organization references, please share with us!

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