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Dear Label Maker,

2.08.2010

Sorry Label Maker but you may have be dethroned as my favorite organizing companion.

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You had a great run with organizing lots of things like the linen closet and numerous other closets.  But in the craft room I needed a little something different.  Like these-IMG_0497

You see I have a this problem with the craft room….my attention is always shifting from one craft to another.  You were just too….permanent.  I could not commit to static labels that long.

I can change the post-it labels so quickly and easily.  They stick just like the adhesive on the top of a traditional post-it….except the entire label is covered with it.  But you can move it and change the label just as easy as switching a normal post-it.  My one hint….they are not found next to the post-its.  I had to go to the “label” aisle at the office supply store to snag them.

For example… in the closet…..I started with this. 

With the help of my Post-It Labels and some heavy duty sorting and purging, it now looks like this-

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Now all my magazines, fabric, partially finished projects and wrapping supplies are handily organized.

And you see that empty shelf?  There is a plan for that….my new craft obsession is quilting (like I happened to mention here) and therefore all my new fabrics already have a home waiting.

My other fabrics that have greater yardage are organized in a hanging system.  IMG_0378

All the cotton fabrics are hanging on the white hangers, knits and flannel on the navy hangers and the home dec fabric are on the tan hangers.

I thought about being an over achiever and measuring each piece of fabric and writing the yardage on customized dry erasable labels hanging from each hanger.  Then I got tired and decided that the color coding was going far enough to keep in semi organized.  Maybe when I am bored this summer I will take on that idea but until then just pretend I have ultra cute tags.

Next to the hanging area I have my project boxes.  These will be changing a lot (at least I hope) and the post it labels are perfect.  (Notice the honey oak is still hanging on in the closet.  That way I can remember it’s ugliness and be grateful that is gone from the rest of the room.  Or I just was so incredibly sick of painting trim that I decided that the closet did not matter)

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Hopefully this box will be empty soon as it was supposed to be a gift for this past Christmas.

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I am loving all the pieces of a project in one centralized location so that I do not lose any pieces and can work on multiple things at a time.  This just feeds the crafting ADD.

Miscellaneous fabric (like linings, interfacings, and left over batting) joins all the wrapping supplies in this organizer.

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I try to recycle magazines…but some I cannot part with and before the “great reorganization” were just stacked everywhere.  Now they are nicely stacked at the top of the closet where i can easily access them them but they are out of the way.

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The rest of the craft room also received a good organization courtesy of the post-it label.  But that will have to wait for another post.  Don’t want to provide everyone with too much riveting entertainment at once…

7 comments on "Dear Label Maker,"
  1. Wow! You are my organizing hero! I've never even thought about hanging fabric on hangers...genius!

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  2. Wow! It looks amazing. I'm pretty sure we were meant to be BFFs because we both love to craft, quilt and organize. I, too, have a love for my label maker. And, I most certainly cleaned and purged my craft closet this weekend. although, I couldn't even get into the closet and there was NO way I was going to take a picture. You are brave.

    And, I'm thinking you are a genius to hang your bigger yardages. I'm SO doing that.

    (And, I spy Figgy Pudding fabric. I have a load to make a quilt.)

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  3. I just may need to grab me some of those! BTW, at IKEA they have these awesome magazine racks that hang on the wall. I bought one for my craft room to hold all my magazines.

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  4. I went through a similar cleansing process earlier this year. But still need to attack the growing pile of magazines...

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  5. Cute! Can I come shopping in your fabric selection? I spy some I like!

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  6. wow! you're fantastic! my organizing shero... were kindred spirits i know it... i'll be back, for sure!
    p.s. i left something for you over at my spot...

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