by: Marie Zinno
What to do with our multiplying supply of trims, ribbon and accessories we’ve accumulated for sewing and machine embroidery? Believe me; everyone has the same problem when it comes to storage in our sewing and embroidery studio. There are numerous storage solutions available for this situation such as plastic tubs, drawer towers and metal grid type units. But one of my most useful and economical go-to organizing devices is the over-the-door shoe holder.
A clear vinyl shoe holder is an absolutely perfect container for many things and useful in many rooms! I recall one of my little sisters (smarter than I and very practical) mentioned this little secret years ago.
The need for storage in my laundry room has changed over the years. Originally, the over-the-door organizer was used to hold my son’s remote controls for toy trucks and Match Box® cars, my daughter’s endless Barbie® dolls, bottles of bubbles and art supplies. As my children grew older, (sniff sniff) I continued to use the same unit (it is now 10 years old) for a variety of household items. Presently, it is corralling batteries, sun block, cellular phone chargers, sunglasses and whatever else does not have a permanent home.
Teenagers accumulate an extremely large amount of items in their bedrooms. I know the over-the-door organizer has helped my daughter keep her belts, scarves and hair accessories neatly in plain sight. And, by the way, it does hold approximately twelve pairs of shoes!
Most of the embroiderers I meet complain about storage issues. I know firsthand how frustrating it can be when you are in a time crunch and looking for a specific tool, specialty stabilizer or embellishment. Make your organized work area a lifestyle, not a chore. Work in small segments, take 15 minutes and get started. Unearth that tub of trims and sort it out.
The over-the-door holder can be purchased at most big box retailers and are generally found in the laundry aisle. I suggest selecting a clear vinyl holder even though it’s tempting to fall for the pretty print or solid color fabric. Clear storage containers are the answer to your organizing issues. If you can see it, you will use it or as my mother always said “out of sight, out of mind”. In sewing terms that translates to “if you cannot see something, you will definitely buy more of the same thing you already have.”