I cleaned and straightened, and partially organized, then realized that this heap below was a huge problem. I have no where to put it. The whole box is adult apparel fabric. The small heap is swimwear fabric, of which I now have enough to warrant a "special place" for it...but WHERE???
My original system, in Commerce, was a series of wide shelves around the top of the room, 18" from the ceiling. On these shelves were white laundry baskets, with the fabric neatly sorted into them. Moving here, this system fell totally apart. For one, I don't have that much shelving. Secondly, I now have far more categories than laundry baskets.
Here on the left, top shelf, is felt and some fleece. To the right of it you can see knit prints, but behind the knits prints is a stack of fleece. All the shelves are two stacks deep. Of the baskets below, the one on the left has sling fabrics, and a few other things I've failed to categorize, and on the right are my "boy" woven prints.
This is just one basket-width over. The top shelf is knit prints, with the layer behind being flannel and some fleece, and a bit of other heavy weight stuff. Below, on the right, are woven adult apparel fabrics. Lots of vintage in this basket. The basket on the left is the "boy" woven prints in the previous picture.
This is the far right of the top shelf. On the left, a stack of miscellaneous knits and flannels, on the right, a VERY over-flowing basket with mostly bottom-weights: denims, cords, herringbones, wools, etc. Also, tho, at the bottom of the basket are some brocades and vintage silk. This organization is astounding, huh??
On the lower shelves: these are not as wide as the two upper shelves. The top left basket is girl wovens, the top right is diaper fabrics. Below it is a basket of longies, ready to be sewn. On the bottom left is a stack containing some french terry, wool for coats, and a cool quilted cotton (for apparel, not for blankets), and the lidded bin is the "fancy fabrics": satins, velours, lame, shiny vinyl, etc.
This is where most of my solid knits are. it used to house ALL of my knits, but I've been moving the prints to the shelving and moving all the solids here.
A stack of solid knits to be put away in the drawers above.
My point is, maybe I should have NOT gone to Hawaii and instead stayed and completed stash game!! I left off pics of my boxes of BIG scraps (usable for clothings) and my small scrap bins. And my wool scraps. And, my notions and books and patterns. *sigh*
I need to go on a fabric diet and just sew all of these up, BUT I'm still going to have to get some khaki twill and some red and white interlock and ribbing for William's school uniforms for fall. HELP!!!
I need a new system of organization. I use up more of my fabric when I can see it, obviously, and I can't really see ANYTHING with it stored like this!!!