I always find that when I come back from Seminar, I'm re-enthused and ready to start something new; even if I haven't finished my Seminar project. This year, I decided that my sewing/quilting/embroidery room needed to be redone. I had stuff all over the floor and only a small pathway for walking to the sewing machines and computer. I also knew I needed to go through my Youth boxes. Somehow they had grown from 8 boxes in the closet to include a whole corner of small boxes. I was having a lot of trouble finding things.

I sat in my room one Saturday morning, looked at everything and decided new bookshelves would solve the problem. The two I had were quite small and barely held my book collection and magazines. So off my husband and I went to Jysk, Home Outfitters, Sears, Ikea, Home Depot, etc. The only shelves I could find that would hold my books was at Home Depot, but it didn't have sides, and I didn't want to use bookends. I had tried them before and found that they don't stay in place. Neither did magazine holders filled with magazines. My husband and I agreed that the shelves at Home Depot were the best as they held 200 lbs on each shelf and I was just going to have to lay the books down and make piles instead of having them stand on end. I wasn't thrilled, but if that's what I had to do, that's what I had to do.

In mid-August, we bought the shelves and the next weekend, we moved everything from my room into our bedroom and built the shelves right where I wanted them. They went up quickly and were painless to build. No screwing of bolts, etc., just put the braces for the shelves where I wanted them, lay the shelf on the braces and voila! it was done. They were sturdy and weren't going to move. My husband said they should even withstand an earthquake. We quickly moved everything from our bedroom back onto the shelves so we could get into our bedroom to sleep.

Now came the hard part of organizing the new shelves over two weekends. I even kept one of the old shelves for kits, threads and empty boxes. My room is still crowded because I have a lot of stuff, but everything is off the floor and I can now see what I have.

I was able to go through the Youth boxes and got them down to 11 boxes; 8 in the closet and 3 light ones in front of the closet which can be moved easily. There is still more culling to do, but at least my books look great on the new bookshelves, the magazines are organized, I can get to everything easily, I can see what I have and it only took me three months!

Linda Brenner


  1. I am in the midst of organizing my threads. It is a big job , but obviously with persistence can be done. Thanks for sharing

  2. Hi Linda,
    I need to start again too, the pathway in my room is getting narrower and narrower.
    I need to face up to the fact that some projects are not ever going to get finished or even started and move them on to new homes.
    Sue Thomsa

  3. Great post Linda! I definitely need to get more organized as my stuff keeps spilling over to different parts of the house that have a free spot :)

  4. Hi Linda,
    I had to clear out the small bedroom I had converted to a sewing room back to a bedroom for our 15 month old grand daughter... and now I have to move everything back, including the things from the lower dresser drawers.. I hope I can be organized and patient enough to take it slowly and 'get it right' for me, so that I am able to find things easily etc... wishing everyone who is going through their things and organizing the best of luck... Marie Cron


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