In my laundry room, I am fortunate to have quite a bit of high shelving above the washer and dryer, on which I store craft and sewing supplies. I’ve been struggling for awhile with my fabric storage. I’ve tried just folding it and stacking it. I’ve tried keeping it in clear bins. But inevitably when the girls or I are hunting for a particular piece of fabric, everything gets jumbled, and (apparently) none of us are terribly good at re-stacking things neatly on a routine basis. Same with the crafts, kept in bins on the top shelves. Things get pulled out, put away improperly or not at all, and the longer it goes between straightening, the messier the whole area gets. Pretty soon pulling out even one tiny thing makes an avalanche of mess highly probable. (Please tell me this doesn’t only happen at my house??)
Awhile back I’d seen this idea for organizing tissue paper, and realized it’d work perfectly for fabric. So last week, I pulled all the mess off those upper shelves, wiped everything down, and started folding fabric and threading it through the wire shelving rack. I’m terrible at taking ‘before’ pictures when I do projects– I tend to be way to eager to just leap in– but here’s a picture of the messy middle. Anything would be an improvement at this point, right?
The hardest part about this project was folding the fabric of varying sizes and shapes into fairly uniform sizes, so that it would look nice lined up. If I had it to do again, I’d probably organize it in the order of the colors of the rainbow– wouldn’t that be just lovely? I’ve seen books arranged by color on bookshelves and loved it. But I didn’t have that idea til I was halfway done with the project, so I think I will leave it be as is. I still think it looks really pretty.
You might also be able to see in the photo above that I flipped the lower shelf over so that the lip of the shelf was facing up instead of down. With the lip up, I was able to use the shelf for gift wrap storage. I’m planning to also add a long wire or a dowel just below that shelf onto which I can thread spools of ribbon, to better organize my gift wrap supplies.
Setting the fabric up this way makes it SO easy to see what I have and grab what I need without disturbing anything else. I’m delighted with how much better my craft area looks now, and am hoping it will be lots easier to maintain. And having everything so easy to find makes me want to leap in and use more of my goodies! Hooray for organizing success.
Here are other posts I’ve written about my laundry room. It’s a hard working space and has seen several revamps over the years.
- 4 cups of borax
- 4 cups of washing soda
- 1/2 bar Fels-Naphtha soap, finely grated
We store it in a 2-quart jar onto which I’ve fitted a lid from a parmesan cheese container. We put 2 tablespoons of this mixture into each wash load. It does a good job and is much more affordable than regular laundry detergent. It even worked well when we had a front loader washer. (The front-load washer died after working long and valiantly on our behalf.)
If you like this post, I’d love a pin on Pinterest. Next Wednesday I hope to share a very exciting, very affordable project that I’m working on in my kitchen! What’s new at your house? Have you done any organizing lately?