New Year’s Organizing 101


I LOVE waking up on the first morning of a new year! It’s like getting a new notebook, a new sharpened pencil, a new bag of play-doh, and a new box of crayons all at the same time! (Can you tell that I LOVED teaching first grade?) 🙂   While “undecorating” from Christmas, I always get in the mood to reorganize, and one of my birthday gifts got me off to a great start—an over-the-door shoe bag to use for fabric (plus some new fabric)! I love it!  Now, off to enjoy the day!  New Year’s blessings to you and yours! ♥


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    • I’d never thought of it! I think I’ll eventually use it for my smaller remnants, too, since they’re now all piled in a basket and it would be nice to be able to see them. 🙂 Either way, I LOVE it! 🙂

  1. I love your idea. Recently I was thinking to make my own shoes bag of fabric, and look what else can be done. They can be use for so many things, but I love the organizing of fabrics. Be BLESSED, Mtetar

  2. Fresh, New Year and a fresh, new calendar! The best!! I haven’t put away my few Christmas things just yet. One more day to enjoy then……launch into the upcoming events, schedule…..all good! Hugs, D

  3. Such a good analogy for the first day of the new year….new pencils, new playdough, new crayons, new notebook. Perfect way to describe today!! Great idea for organizing all that fabric. I need to get busy on that organizing thing!

    • Thank you, Beth! What I’d REALLY like to do is make index cards of all the projects I want to do and what I need for them and then when I have a few spare moments I could pull out a card and get started instead of spending that time deciding what to do. Hmmm . . . maybe I’ll do that this afternoon before I go back to work tomorrow! 🙂

      • That’s a great idea, too. I know what you mean about spending so much time deciding what to do. But sometimes that’s the fun part of the creative process, the planning. Oh, so many possibilities and just not enough time….. Sigh….. I go back to work tomorrow, too. I’ll miss my long days of nothing but sewing…..

  4. Happy New Year to you. You are so right in that there is something very special and invigorating about the beginning of a new year. Thanks for sharing your organization idea of the shoe organizer. That was really quite nifty. I am thinking of borrowing it. Not sure exactly what I want to put in it thought. Because I live in a tropical location I’m concern that fabrics may fade out. So I will store this idea in my membor banks until I’m certain how I want to use it.

    Happy Crafting!

    • Several other commenters said they store their sewing gadgets and crafty tools in theirs . . . I think that’s a wonderful idea, too! 🙂 Happy sewing and crafting to you, too! 🙂 Hugs, Katherine

  5. I totally concur! Just like getting a new batch of 4th graders in the fall for when I taught. A clean slate with fun and surprises in store! A December birthday also brought me fabric and a battery operated seam ripper! lol

  6. Ah fat quarters. I just love fat quarters!! They are my favorite. I have so much fabric though I am afraid to say I would need shoe organizers on the back of every door in my house… and even then it wouldn’t be enough. I just use big, clear rubber maids. Gotta love being able to see what’s inside. My husband doesn’t like it. He thinks it looks cluttery, but then he just doesn’t understand working with fabrics.

  7. My daughter got a small sewing machine for Christmas, along with all kinds of fun notions and fat quarters to make things with. I’ve been noodling around trying to figure out how on earth to organize all her new bits — and this is perfect! Thanks for the tip!

    Also, my absolute favorite thing on the planet is a brand new notebook and a new box of crayons. Nothing says “possibility” like they do!

  8. I love organizing too! Your shoe holder door hanger is great to hold stuff. Love these kind of ideas. I also loved your idea in a previous post of leaving family pics on the mantle. I plan to add more family pics to my living this year. Thanks for your suggestions. 🙂

  9. Someone ‘s already said it but I thought straightaway great fabric stash !! I’ve spent a lot of the day sorting and tweaking 😉 and planning stuff to do …

    • Me, too! I’m trying notecards this year . . . one card per project with ideas about which patterns/ideas to match up . . . filed in my grandma’s old wooden recipe box. We’ll see how that goes! 🙂

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