I'm trying to organize my stash. We just moved and so it's rather a mess. (ok, it's no more mess than it was pre-move.) but it's so bad, I can't find my sewing scissors! which completely defeats the purpose of a stash, no?
I already have a big plastic tub/bin with a lid for most of my fabric storage. I'm thinking about keeping my broken sewing basket (only the handle broke off. it's still fine for sitting in one place) for "tools" such as pins, scissors, rotary cutter, needles, alternative sewing machine feet(if I ever find it
it was an expensive gift), etc), a shoe box or other box for threads a shoebox or other box for notions (and maybe embroidery thread here too? or with threads), a plastic bin for WIPs (I've a ton.), and a smaller plastic bin for quilting peices (peices too small for anything but quilting.) with two smaller bins for tiny scraps useable for quilting, and tiny scraps too small for quilting/thread scraps etc (these I use for stuffing plushies pillows etc.)
Things this plan wouldn't create storage for:
the flat desk peice thing for my sewing machine that's maybe 2 ft by 1.5 ft
my cutting mat (again, if/when I find it)
my quilting ruler
3 pillow forms, 2 bags of stuff, batting, interface etc.
yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks
15-20 or so patterns ( I may give away a few of these, because many of them wouldn't fit me anymore)
Is this nutso? We're house sitting at the moment, but will probably move back into a studio apartment (for two of us and a cat) in a few months. I can't imagine taking up most of the storage of our place with 3 big plastic bins plus my sewing machine and other stuff. on the other hand, I think big plastic bins would look nicer, be easier to use, preserve my fabric better (no dust or wrinkles), and I'd use it more because I could fine things.
How would you organize the other stuff that isn't in my proposed plan?
how do you organize a medium stash in a small space?
any other advice or feedback? Thanks!!