As a former construction manager and current teacher, paper is a big part of my life. And, fortunately, not one that is hard. While my house is anything but clean, it isn’t very cluttered.
Here is my sewing room paper system, such as it is.
There is a shelf for books and patterns. The supply of books and patterns is not allowed to grow beyond this shelf. If I want something new and it won’t fit, I have to get rid of something. Sounds harsh, and it can be hard, but it makes me really careful about purchases. (By the way, I do the same thing with my closet).
On the shelf is this binder. I’ve only had it about two years, but what a great help. This is where small patterns or items I’ve printed off get filed. Generally, notes and such make their way here after projects are completed.
Part three is my planner. I found it at Walgreens a few years ago (blogged about HERE). In it are ideas for projects, notes and my block count record.
Finally, the receipt mug. For the past few years I keep every receipt used for sewing and quilting expenses. The goal is not to spend more, or less, or anything is particular. But just to know. To be aware of what I am doing with my time, money and energy. At the end of the year, it is all totaled up and examined. The big message: scrappy sewing saves money.
So, that is my paper clutter examination. It is good to take the time to consider my current system. It seems to work for me.
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Thanks, Shelly. Looking forward to the next task.