Use It or Lose It

Big Cloths SortedDeclaring my intention has motivated me into action.! I have been completing unfinished tasks. Last week the studio  was  re organised.  Adopting  the “USE IT or LOSE IT” approach coupled with  ‘keeping that which I love’ has done the trick.
I started by making a list of the personal tools, materials and equipment I use most frequently, the  list of tools, materials and equipment used in workshops and arranged it all according to the new layout. All that is precious is now kept in the walk in cupboard- any quilter will understand the importance of  one’s stash – ie. fabrics reserved for current projects, those kept for later, those kept for sentimental reasons.  I think of my stash as my palette. The big cloths which were  in big laundry bags, are now folded on shelves, grouped by colour and weight.  My most used books are displayed there too along with  boxes of beads. A happy sight to greet me every time! The smaller cloths are in drawers , the smallest are in boxes in the studio. And  are all sorted by colour.
The Juki machine is now sited near the cupboard , the iron and board and  the design wall. The cutting table is on wheels and can be brought over to this area . So I have now a working triangle with every thing at hand. I  put up my pin board of images and inspirations.

A number of things have found themsleves in the charity shop , a printer and computer cables also have a new home. There are  a few items that need to go which I will post on Free-cycle. For me it is important to follow through on this one, because usually I get so far, then other things distract me.

The saying ‘Everything in it’s Place and a Place for Everything’ resonates . Big Cloth folded on shelvesBeing able to put things away easily feels good. Being able to find things feels good. It

feels GREAT actually!

So, I decided to go to Market this week with my wares and when I did a mock up of my stall display I could see and find every thing I needed easily and I can’t wait to get back into the studio.

In my next post I will tell you about my day at The Make It, Grow It, Sell It Market. See link above.

Published by Maggie Winnall

Hello, I'm Maggie, I am an artist who writes in fabric and thread, stitching the 'text' into textiles and colour into quilts..... You can read more on my About page at

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