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Friday, January 4, 2013

My Organized Chaos

Hi Blogger Friends.  I have had several people ask me how I keep track of my starts and how they are kitted up, etc.  So, I thought I would show you my organized chaos.  (You can click on any picture to enlarge)


Bottom shelf on right are crochet books - left misc.  The rest are my collection of novels (that I don't read).  I have all of Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey novels.

 Three tubs on left and blue one in middle are yarn.  Green one in front has some of my older starts and charts that are kitted with fabric but not started.

Very top shelf just visible is crochet and cross stitch books plus my collection of crochet and cross stitch calendars.  Next 2 shelves are cross stitch magazines.  Bottom two have a few misc magazines, the rest are Stoney Creek books and leaflets plus my cross stitch books and leaflets that aren't listed in my binder.

Different angle - Three tubs on left and two blue ones are yarn.  There is two more tubs behind blue ones with yarn.


Three drawers on bottom are charts and or kits.  Next two shelves are kits.

My floss.  Hole on middle right is where my 5 DMC floss boxes go.  Tub on bottom holds are my extra DMC floss.  (Over 700 skeins)  They are in baggies that I numbered.  I have at least one extra skein of each color and the most used I have 20 - 30 extra skeins.   They are listed in a notebook with how many of each color that I have. 

Top shelf is kits - second shelf is charts.  All of my kits and charts are written in a binder by - charts by designer - kits are listed by company (Dimensions, Janlynn, Design Works, etc)

Top shelf is kits - second shelf is charts.   (I have over 1400 kits and 1000 charts.  (Been collecting since the 70"s)

Top shelf - middle box is all my finishes.  Boxes on each side are aida fabric.  Middle shelf is kits. (Drawer on right is Ursula Michael charts, kits and books.  Bottom drawers are kits and charts.

These three tubs are full of Charles Craft aida fabric in tubes.

This tub has 105 of my starts in it.  They are in gallon baggies and numbered.   (Numbers match my list on sidebar and hopefully my 14 pieces of paper that I need to write in my notebook. )

This is Sassy. lol  No, this is my stitchy chair.  I don't put floss in with my starts.  Those floss boxes on the table hold all the DMC colors.  I work out of them.  The three drawer thingy (I have to finish organizing).  Right now the top drawer has my current SAL pieces in it.  The other two drawers will hold my Turtle Trot pieces.  (The board leaning against the wall sits across me on the black drawer and table.  It is my work table.

My over 500 skeins of yarn.  Some of this yarn was bought in the 70's.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my organized chaos.  Let me know what you think.
Gotta go finish cutting fabric for my JAN./feb starts.

Thanks for looking.   Linda

28 comments:

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh it looks like heaven, Linda! You should have tours!!

Lumiruusu said...

You are very well organised ,Linda !
Oh ,how I wish I will get time and courage to go through all my stash and put everything on one place..

Thank You for showing us all your treasure boxes :)

Ruth said...

That is not chaos thats total organisation and its like an aladins cave!! Oh to spend a day in your house..between the books..I've nearly all Nora Roberts as well (I read her after I've read to many crime novels for a break lol) and the yarn and stash!! I am sooooo impressed !!

Carrie said...

Everything looks really organized to me!

Shebafudge said...

Wow....that's all I can say....WOW :)

Faith... said...

WOW - you are so organized... I have stuff everywhere; in this corner, that corner, in the closet, in the garage and who knows where else!

I hope I can get a bit more organized this year which I would like to include listing all the names of the charts I have in a spreadsheet.

Kaisievic said...

Linda, that is absolutely amazing - I must take a pic of my chaotic chaos - as you know I keep losing patterns and designs all of the time as I tend to think - oh, I will just chuck it here and I will remember where it is! Not!
You are truly an inspiration. Love it and Love you,

hugs, Kaye

Linda said...

Thanks - just saw your organization post and wow! You have more kitted than I own! Shoot - I think you may have more stash than I've ever seen - I'm bowing to the queen of stash! :)

Denise

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow what an amazing stash you have!!!!! And you know where everything is!!

Scattered Threads said...

You look very organized Linda. TFS.

Beth in IL said...

You are very organized!!! Wish I was so good.

Katy said...

Wow, what a stash collection!!

Sarah Beth said...

What a stash collection. Wow and I thought I had a lot of stash. I do have a lot of books and magazines along with other craft books and novels. Wouldn't it be cool if we could actually sit down at each others homes and Google over stash:-) I wish I had some stitching buddies I could get together with. You are very organised.:-)

Annette-California said...

Great stash collection. LOL I thought I had lots - Nope.... I totally enjoyed seeing how you organized your stitching treasures. You've done a great job. happy new Year to you. love Annette

sharine said...

So.Jealous.Right.Now.lol.Now we know where to come visiting:)

butterfly said...

Wow linda looks a bit like mine I am buying more and more box's for stash ,thanks for sharing.

Brigitte said...

Wow, that's what I call organization. It must be heaven to go through all that stash from time to time and look for new projects. Stitcher's Heaven!

Lesleyanne said...

Wow!

Margaret said...

Wow, that is very impressive! Enjoyed seeing it all!

Mii Stitch said...

OMG, this is no longer stash!!! You could open your own shop. This is stock :D I feel silly with my 2 boxes...

Ranae said...

Wow!
Looks awesome

Tama said...

Whoa - I want to come play at your house!

Carol said...

Nice to see how you store everything, Linda--I am in awe at all you have collected!! Nice to have it in one room, too. Mine is scattered among three rooms, unfortunately...

Jennifer M. said...

Wow...you have tons! I can hardly fit all the stuff I have into one closet.

Jen

Mia said...

You for sure are organized :) Thank you for the pics :) and introduction :)
And my kids think that I have loads of crossstitchingstuff... hah, guess mine is about 3 tubs - ALL OF IT!!

homeschooljewelrymom said...

Wow! If my crafts were that organized, I'd never leave the house. My yarn is organized a little but my cross stitch and other craft supplies are in boxes, bins, file cabinets and drawers all over the house.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Fantastic storage ideas! Are you sure that's not the back room of a needlework shop?
I really wish I had a room to myself, my stash is behind the sofa and in a corner of the lounge. Finished pieces not on display are in the bedroom.

Sue said...

my hubby better never fuss at me about my stash again...if he does I'm going to show him your pictures....OMG....but I must say you are much more organized than I am.