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Tidy Up Time….

I am the world’s worst Tidy-er Up-er.
Actually, that’s a lie. My children are the world’s worst Tidy-er Up-ers. But I am Not Good.
I tend to just leave stuff and hope that the Tidy Up fairy will descend and work her magic (you know, how she used to when you were little…) but I am constantly disappointed. Doesn’t stop me living in hope, and doesn’t make me tidy up though.

But no more!
I have decided Enough is Enough.
So today, I launched Phase 1 of what will may prove to be a very loooong Operation Tidy Up and Get Organised!
Or it may be a very short operation, as the chances are I will collapse in a heap, and decide that untidiness is the lesser of two evils (if the other one is spending my whole life running around screaming “why is this here? Does this live here? Do you expect it to walk to the wardrobe/cupboard/toybox on it’s own?”)

Phase 1, was Tidying up the Study/Sewing Room.
And I have done some of it.

Here’s a sneak peak:

I tidied up the windowsill, as it was a bit a mess. And tried to ‘prettify’ it a bit, while at the same time keep it kind of organised.

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My Bits and Bobs jars (if you look closely you can just see the words ‘Bits’ and ‘Bobs’ etched onto the jars). I made these ages ago and completely forgot about them!

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More bits and bobs. Does anyone else have lots of ‘Stuff that looks/is useful, but doesn’t really have a home to live in’. I seem to have loads of it. In every room. Any suggestions for how to organise it?!

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I unearthed these two Mason Jars when I went looking for the Bits and Bobs jars, and although not quite the perfect size for the scissors, they are still being put to use, which I am pleased about, as I kind of love them.


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I bought this from Lidl about two years ago and am still ploughing my way through all the cotton and bobbins. Does anyone have a clever and pretty way of keeping bobbins organised? And the trailing threads drive me crazy-what do people do with these?!

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I even blu-tacked some ‘decor’ onto the side of one of the bookcases. I want to paper the bookcase with something-maybe old housekeeping ads from a magazine, but this will do in the interim.

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I have this lovely old sewing box that was my mum’s, and I want to ‘do something’ with it. But I’m not sure what. Ideas I have had include: sanding it and re-varnishing it; painting it; deco-patching it with old sewing patterns. Any input/ideas would be marvellous!

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It’s not all good though-check out the exploding bookcase, bulging with my mending heap pile…

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I really want to re-decorate this room. When we moved in I had the idea that I wanted it to be like a gentlemen’s library type thing, and we painted two of the three walls quite a dark red. But having seen all the gorgeous craft rooms on other blogs and on Pinterest, I want Pretty. But I am not good at Pretty.
I want Pretty and Tidy and Organised.
All offers of help/interior design/life coaching/de-cluttering gratefully accepted…!

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  • Reply Re-Discovering | My Make Do and Mend Year May 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

    […] last weekend, I tackled the study/craft room, and also the spare room. I have blogged about the spare room before (cripes, that makes me sound […]

  • Reply Jen May 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I have heard of her Hayley, but never got round to checking it out-will take a look! Thankyou 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn Ayre May 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm will take you straight to cluttering words of wisdom!

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Thankyou 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn Ayre May 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Jen,

    Looks like a great start on the prettifying process! Try Karen Kingston’s blog for de-cluttering tips – I’ve found it helpful as it’s much easy to keep things in their place when there’s less to tidy!

    Love the blog,

    Kat 🙂

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Oooh, I’ll have a look-thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Alison May 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    If you are ever (un)lucky enough to get a pedicure kit, then the thingies for holding your toes apart are perfect for squeezing bobbins into! Failing that, cheap hair bobbles work well too…not the elastic ones, but the bright coloured fabric ones – just match your thread colour to the bobble and you’re away!

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Great tips-thankyou!

  • Reply mancunianvintage May 15, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Good start! Love the bits n bobs jar and you look so organised with all those cotton reels!

    I also expect the tidy-up fairy to do her thang on a near daily basis….might have to roll up my sleeves and get a move on :s

    • Reply Jen May 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Glad it’s not just me with the tidy up fairy thing!

  • Reply Charlotte Clark May 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Here’s Tilly Walnes (from the 1st series of The Great British Sewing Bee) workroom. It might give you some inspiration. There should be a nick on one end of the plastic cotton reels to put the end in – if you see what I mean. I hope this helps.

    • Reply Jen May 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Oooh fab, thanks for the link-I will check out out 🙂

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