Organization = Chaos


My lovely long vacation at the lake is over. I’m officially back at home this week and it has already been a bit of a kick in the pants with something planned every day through the middle of next week. Teaching, designing, working, socializing, and speaking at the Dallas MQG meeting (tomorrow night at Half Price Books on NW Hwy. 7 pm)…But how awesome is it that I am doing all of those things and staying home with my little munchkin every day instead of working for the man? Pretty awesome.

My husband came home two weeks before Ben and me and I was impressed at how tidy the house was kept in our absence. He’s a better housewife than me. The two of us rapidly turned our spaces into utter chaos. Ben’s tools of chaos and destruction are books and toys and poky plastic things.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

My chaos is fabric and paper and patterns.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

The chaos comes not only from the obvious sources of working/designing/quilting that happens in my sewing room but from organization itself. I always seem to be stuck in some state of partial organization.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

There’s a plan and some stages of execution, but I lack the focus/energy/time for completion. Organization creates mess! Did you know that? Organization Creates Mess. It’s like a law of physics.

I added a long-desired second fat quarter storage shelf to my sewing room this week. It’s above the computer in a space previously occupied by arty quilty things. I needed the storage more than I needed the arty quilty things.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

It’s another Pottery Barn Cubby Organizer to match the one I bought a few years ago.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

They don’t make the cream version anymore so I begrudgingly went with black and now I like it better than the cream one. My plan was to hang them side by side so my rainbow of fat quarters would be continuous.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

The Hubs said he didn’t think that would look right. I think he was not actually all that concerned about the aesthetics but more with having to measure and hang two of them.

VMQ Studio | July 2013

Can’t blame him since I hung exactly zero of the shelving units in our entire house. But I just might outsmart him and get a second black one and then have him hang them black-white-black on the opposite wall. Better let him have a few months off DIY first though (he just built a super awesome loft bed for our son.)

VMQ Studio | July 2013

Plus I’ll need some more fabric to fill up a third one.  😉

17 thoughts on “Organization = Chaos

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks! The first white one over the cutting table? That’s a really charming vintage one I got for a steal. It’s quite a good size so it holds a lot.

  1. Julie says:

    I just made a huge dent in the organizing of my sewing room and walk-in closet. The chaos was massive for a few days, but I stuck with it and the outcome is wonderful. I’m getting ready for new carpeting to be installed and have to move everything out, hence the much needed “push” to completion. It feels wonderful and I was surprised at what I found and didn’t find. My stash is not nearly as huge as I had thought. That’s a good thing. My sewing room is my happy place and I am happy with the results.

  2. Kate G says:

    Love the shelves! And yes, it would be lovely to have a third shelf and awesome to have the excuse to fill it with fat quarters. Such a wonderful collection that’s making my mouth water!

  3. Ingrid says:

    This post is me completely! My five year old and all of his toys, along with me and all of my sewing toys makes for chaos! There is always some sort of attempt at organization and it does make everything messier. I’m SO glad I’m not the only one!

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