A while back, my husband started working from home. That meant we had to set him up with a home office. This was my office/sewing room:
Okay, let's be honest. He needed a room with a door and I had been eyeing the upstairs living room because it was bigger. I had dreams of turning it into one of those amazing sewing spaces from Where Women Create. I clearly had ulterior motives. But hey, my room did have a door so he needed it.
Well, I never quite took the time needed to set it up so it was never quite right. While I love the tall table with shelves, it has never been comfortable to sit at whilst sewing. My back always aches after just a few minutes. And I am constantly retrieving the seam ripper-bobbins-stylus-thread-what have you's from the floor after they roll off the table. I really wanted a new sewing cabinet, but the $3000 budget for a table is kinda hard to justify with two kids in college.
About two weeks ago, I remembered that I had my moms old sewing cabinet in the garage collecting dust with some other big items we store there. I awoke one day and suddenly had the mad desire to throw all the miscellaneous objects away that were blocking the path to my cabinet. I worked really hard with my hubby, got the table out, cleaned it up... and before I knew it, I had this...!
It works just fine! The best part is that I can store my hoops and stabilizers inside and the doors have little cubbies for my thread snips, bat scooters and seam rippers! No more rolling off the table. It should work out just fine.
Now, I want you to notice just beyond the little wall is the front door. I am often horrified to have guest show up unexpectedly to see the rest of this room. It is usually a mess. For the past few weeks, I have known that I needed to rearrange things. It just was not working.
I failed to take before pics of my room. However I dug through my computer and found a few from a day I was trying to make a friend feel better about what she felt was a messy house. This should make you feel better too.
|My sewing table and the seldom used couch|
|In front of my desk (view-able from the door)|
|Behind my desk - Pretty hideous!|
It wasn't THAT bad when I started this on Friday, but it was not great either. Something had to give. I could not concentrate to write when I came in the office. I was getting stuck on sewing all the projects I need to sew for Generation Q. I couldn't focus on anything.
After taking a few measurements, I realized the couch was taking up too much space in this 11'X13' room. If I moved it near my desk, it would be a great seating area for the kids when they want to be in the room with me or want to chat after school. It also would be handy for putting on shoes.
I am more than halfway done with the rearrange. Want a sneak peek?
I promise to take some more pictures in the daylight and show you the rest of the sewing space.
How is your space working for you? Is there an area that you feel needs better organization? Let me know!