Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Myth of Plastic Bins

We all use them for storage & organization. The question is, do they really work or are they a myth? What am I talking about? Plastic storage bins, of course!

I use them, but I don't really feel organized. In some aspects, I know they help me, but in other aspects, I feel like it's out of sight, out of mind.

This is some of my stash of yarn. It's all sorted by color, and the bins are stacked 5 or 6 tall. I do think that this helps with the organization of the overstock & stash, as I can easily go straight for whatever color I need. In fact, the yarn that's on top is what I had pulled out to cut. And, no, I don't need into the bins every time I make fibers. That's what this is for:

Oh yes -- this is organized! All sorted by color, so I can easily see what I have, what I want, and what I need. And yeah, that's an exercise bike that I use to hang stuff on. I prefer to think of the fibers as handlebar streamers.

However, when it comes to other items, I feel totally disorganized! This is a picture of one of my workrooms. In these bins, it's all fabric.

And it is totally disorganized. I've basically decided that I'm not sure it *can* be organized. I've tried sorting it by color - doesn't work. By type (quilters cotton, knit, silk, rayon, etc) that works better, but doesn't help when trying to put stuff together. By size - well, that was almost pointless. That only helped if I wanted to make something that needed a lot of yardage.

But, I'm told - we're all told - every time I go to the store that just a couple more bins, and it'll all become organized. It's like a siren's song, whispering in your ear "Take me home, I'll help you. Just a couple more, and it'll be organizational bliss."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's JUNE!

It's JUNE already. And it's already the 2nd of June. Where did the first half (okay 5/12s) of the year go? School's (mostly) out, it's almost summer, and the farmer's markets are open. Time just keeps slipping away!

Since it's June, I've got a few things to take care of here:

1.) For June, I'm running a special in my beckandcallgirl shop. Spend $20, and get a free Hey Shorty fibers, while supplies last. No need to add it to your cart, I'll add it to your order when I ship.

2.) The winner of the 99 Bottles giveaway is #11, InsanityKim. I'll be in touch shortly! She wins an item of her choice from SparkleCandy!

3.) I've got a bunch of goodies to share, from a ton of great sellers. Included in this will be some more fun giveaways. So stay tuned.

4.) Plus, if you have a blog, you can check out some soap from a new Etsy seller - fo' free! Nothing But Soap wants to get the word out about their goodies, and is sending sample sizes if you'll check out their soap & mention it.