There wasn’t a whole lot of stitching yesterday but there was a good bit of organizing.
Isn’t that a pretty “M”? I also got most of the “e” stitched but didn’t take another picture.
I’m having the hardest time getting my cross stitching charts organized. Heck, forget organized, I just can’t ever find what I’m looking for. Too many charts! I have the storage ottomans and I had tried keeping all the charts together by designer but that hasn’t worked so well. When I order new ones, which I shouldn’t be doing, if I order 5 charts, then I have to find 5 separate spots to put them into the right place. Worse, I let them pile up and then I have 15 charts to get placed in the right spot.
I decided to start putting charts in those plastic zipper bags I use for project bags. I pick up 15 or 20 charts, list them on the spreadsheet and they go into Bag 1.
I do a few bags, then stop, then do a few more bags. I can sort the charts by name alphabetically or by designer alphabetically, then find which bag they’re in and go to that bag.
It will definitely be easier when I have to add charts and hopefully easier when I am looking for a chart. We’ll see how this plan works.
I’m having the same problem….right now I have them all in a tote bag which isn’t too bad. And then I put the ones I have done in a big plastic bag…unless I forget!!! And stitch it again…..ARGH
Cindy F says
I bought one of those storage ottomans and I love it but my charts never seem to make it there from the sofa. I tend to leave a number of projects sitting there…I really need to start utilizing the ottoman! I came to the realization the other day that I really need one of those utility carts to put next to my cross stitching area since I seem to like to have too many things nearby! I bought a couple of those square cloth organizers to store my charts down in the basement. I plan to put finished charts in one and others in a different one. The charts that are kitted up are in two other organizers that also house my WIPs. I will have to add more if I keep starting projects and not finishing. lol
Do you need to borrow Oscar for a week? A month? He will teach you very quickly that you cannot leave anything within 6′ of the floor. He will find a way to get everything and he will shred it before I can even get to him. I do have a utility cart from JoAnn or Michael’s but, without a lid or some kind of closure, it’s all there for Oscar to get to everything.
I do kinda like you do. I have the longer storage ottmans – I have three of those. One has 36 count and one has 40 count linen (which I’ve already said – I remember that!
) and I have one that has full kitted pieces waiting to be started.
There’s one storage ottoman by the sofa and one by the loveseat. Whatever I’m working on, even if I get up to go to the bathroom, because I’m so easily sidetracked, everything goes back into the bag and back into the ottoman. I can look at the scroll frame and know which stand I was using so that tells me if I was sitting on the sofa or the loveseat and that tells me which bin the project bag is in.
I also have a small ottoman that has the projects that are in the 5 x 6 rotation.
I have been collecting charts for 40+ years, and it remains an ongoing dilemma as to how to keep them organized, cataloged, and easy to find! All the best to you! 😉 LOL
Sherry Bobak says
I need to work on oranizing, also. I have charts everywhere, in closets, bins and end tables. I purchased some PS Santa charts last year and can’t find them anywhere. I’m guessing that’s a hint that my whole house needs a deep clean. LOL
Same here but not likely to happen. I’m trying to organize and clean a little each day and really get things organized – not just in neater piles, but charts in bags and listed on the spreadsheet as to what’s in each bag; floss put on the rings according to brand and alphabetized instead of just in a big bin.