Trying to Be Organised

How organised are you?

At work I am very organised, everything has a place, and I am quite anal about how my desk is laid out, including all the items on the desk which have to be neat and tidy and in specific places. However, at home, I can be a bit of a slob, I mean, right now, I can see two knitting projects on the other couch back (a hat for M and a baby blanket for a workmate). Behind me I can see a bag with some yarn in that I have not long got for another project (a hat for me). On the coffee table in front of me, I can see knitting magazines and food/cooking magazines as well as a few knitting patterns and a few other bits of mine. Now, if I was at work, this would never happen, so why at home do I allow myself to let things slide. At work everyone else’s desk’s are untidy, bordering on the side of chaos. My desk at home is tidy at the moment as I have not been using it since I put it into one of the spare bedrooms, however, when I was downstairs I used it as a dumping ground and invariably it had more knitting paraphernalia on it that really can be considered sane. Again, why can I not be as neat and tidy at home as I am at work?

I look in the kitchen now, as I am cooking dinner and it is tidy, again, I like my kitchen neat and tidy, but with all my gadgets to hand. It really does beggar belief why I cannot continue in this vane. So, with the thought of being organised, I decided to get my patterns, laminate them and put them in a lever arch file, all indexed to be super organised. Yes, my magazines are still in the same place, but one thing at a time people!

But, what do I do with my knitting magazine? Do I remove the patterns I want and discard the rest? or do I keep them in a tidy pile on one of the shelves next to my desk? If I remove and discard, then the question of filing comes to mind. I have digital copies of some of the magazines, but not all. I have a scanner and can scan them, but then it removes the fun out of flicking through them looking for inspiration. With regards to digital copies, I have never been a fan, I love ebooks, but then I have a Kindle Oasis made for the job. I have several tablets including an old iPad, but again I am not thrilled with them as they do not hold my attention.

So what does everyone else do? Keep magazines? Throw? Suggestions, please. I do have lots of patterns on Ravelry, but when I want to knit an item I print it out and tend to keep it rather than throwing it out when finished. Part of me thinks I need to move home and find a place with an archive and many large craft rooms etc., but we can all dream.

My yarn also needs to be sorted out as I have so much I could start a small shop and sell it, and with the funds take two weeks all expenses paid holiday in Rome. However, I am sure that most of you will relate to that as all the knitters I know are the same and have more yarn than they will ever need, and within that stash, there will be yarn that they, as have I, bought just because they liked it but its not enough to make a whole project. In one of the spare rooms, I have 6 giant plastic boxes that are full to the gunnels with yarn. These boxes are that big that they have wheels to move them about, so I am sure you now get the picture. But like an advert on the TV, “but there’s more”, so much more, I have about 20 projects that are all in bags with their respective yarn, some of them are very big bags.

I have managed to organise my circular needles with an expanding pocket file and each pocket has a different thickness of needle in various lengths. I have a box that all my straight needles are in and several small boxes that have sewing needles, stitch markers and more, all in compartments. I have even allocated a storage unit with shelves for my boxes of needles etc together with my sewing machine parts, including bobbins, thread, feet and more besides that. I feel I am winning with the organisation, so far so good, but still room for improvement.

Drop me a message and tell me what your organisational techniques are and how you deal with all the paraphernalia that goes with crafting.

Until next time…

  12 comments for “Trying to Be Organised

  1. May 11, 2021 at 3:19 am

    I will be interested to hear what other readers may have to say! I have knitting patterns saved since the 1970s and 80s still. Re magazines…I’m in the same quandary.

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  2. May 11, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    I do not subscribe to knitting periodicals. I will borrow them from the library. If there is a pattern that I just can’t live without, I will copy it. (shhh). I print a copy of the pattern I am knitting, and when I am finished, I toss it UNLESS, it contains notes about modifications and such. In that case, I will put all of those notes on my project page or scan and add to the original pdf before tossing. I don’t buy knitting books. I rely on single pattern purchases online and they are stored digitally. It is difficult not to get carried away with pattern purchases. I have improved over the years. As for stash and needle storage…I am hopeless. I will anxiously read the comments!

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    • May 13, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      You are lucky that your library carries periodicals, here in this part of the UK, none of the libraries carry them which is crap really otherwise I would be doing the same. Over here we can scan/photocopy items as long as they are for our own personal use/reference.

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      • May 17, 2021 at 3:59 pm

        Do you have access to the Libby app? We have a multiple library system where I can ‘borrow’ from all libraries in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Even though my branch is very small, I have access to a great many titles.

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      • May 17, 2021 at 9:27 pm

        Yes be have Libby so that gives access to all of the counties 6 libraries and I can order books from any of them. I also have access to BorrowBox and RBDIGITAL that are part of the counties system, however they are slow with adding things.

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      • May 18, 2021 at 1:08 pm

        That’s great. Yes, the addition process is slow-going.

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      • May 18, 2021 at 7:14 pm

        We had 14 libraries in our county and then the government decided to start culling them and we ended up with only 6. The government (Conservatives) do not like to help the masses, only the few and feather their own nests in the process and consider libraries unnecessary and a waste of money. The do not think about the value it gives to peoples lives as they are all elitists unfortunately.

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      • May 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm

        That is a real shame. I love public libraries. I imagine elitists find it beneath them to borrow a book.

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      • May 18, 2021 at 7:39 pm

        They don’t like the poor here. Coming from a single parent home, I loved the library when I was a kid and spent close to every Saturday there. When I was in high school I spent more time than was healthy in the libraries doing research etc. Liverpool has a fabulous library (Central Library) and the Picton Room is amazing.

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  3. Sonja
    May 13, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    That sounds very familiar… I have some big plastic boxes with my yarn and started projects. There would be no need to buy any new yarn for years, but wait, I found something nice!

    My desk at work is tidy as well, but at home it looks differently. I have no idea how to solve this….

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    • May 13, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Im treating it like my new kitchen, and it seems to be working lol

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