t-g-s-r-r-p is finished!

Jul 29, 2012

Yes, you heard me right – The Great Sewing Room Rearrangement Project is finished!

We have been working hard for the past five weeks on rearranging bedrooms, decluttering, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, and most importantly making our learning and creating areas useable.

In the past (the VERY recent past), our school room has been unable to house all of our fabulous learning stuff. It was completely unmanageable and consequently the fabulous learning stuff overflowed into the sewing room. Unfortunately, the sewing room was unable to hold all of its books, fabric, papers, notions, patterns, yarn, and endless minutia because it had insufficient storage AND it had five 55 gallon water barrels and five 15 gallon water barrels taking up the vast majority of the space.

I decided months ago that this needed to change. I decided I could no longer function with piles and pile AND piles of stuff throughout the room and no ability to access any of it without injury and avalanches occuring. Everytime we wanted to sew we would have to clean for several hours just to find the sewing table. If we wanted to make a craft, it would be a miracle if we could find all the parts and pieces needed.

So, I have dedicated my summer to this project – AND I AM WINNING! My school room has been rearranged and made more useful for this upcoming season of our lives and the sewing room has been emptied completely (yes, we spent an entire day draining all the water barrels), shelving units added in, a sewing table installed, and everything carefully evaluated for its purpose in our lives before being given residence in this newly created space.

I am so excited I could scream. In fact, I have been screaming…loudly. Now every subject has a box (or two). All our blocks and manipulatives fit perfectly in their stacker tubs. Our art supplies are easy to find. All our lovely fabric is arranged by color. Two sewing machines can fit on our sewing table so two of us can work at the same time. All our yarn is put away into more of those amazing stacker tubs. Everything has a place! And there is room for people to sleep in here when they come to visit! Oh my heavens, it is simply amazing.

This is going to change my life. I am sure of it.






We only get Richard for a few Saturdays a year, so he usually tries to squish in as much yard and house maintenance as he can, but this year, I have needed his help with this project and he has given me the bulk of two of his precious Saturdays. I could not have done it without him and I am so grateful he gave me his strong arms for hours on end.

Now that we are done, I am ready to enjoy sunshine and summer…too bad there are only a few short weeks left!

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  1. Anne

    Oh my gosh, this looks aMAYzing!!!!!!! I’m so proud of you!!!

  2. Tasha L.

    Wow! Amazingly impressive! I want to see it in real life!

  3. I am in love with your shelving units! being organized makes such a difference! You should really be proud of yourself! Well, it sounds like you already are. :)

    • tracy

      I am super-duper proud of myself. This has been an enormous amount of work and will require big changes in behavior to maintain it. I am pretty committed to making it work for our family, so I get to transform!

  4. Way to go!!! It looks awesome!