Monday, 30 January 2017

Organized? Ha!

I thought I was organized.
My floss has been put away in boxes, my table is was actually uncluttered and clean, and all my Christmas kits put away in a box.

But then when you open these doors...
 
At least I know where everything is, sort of!

This isn't too bad, it holds most of my individual patterns and booklets. I do have some that need to find their way in there though.

Now this on the other hand, there's no rhyme nor reason sorting this mess.

I can group them together by magazine and separate the Christmas/Halloween ones on their own, but how the heck do I remember what's where?! I have post-it notes stuck on patterns I'd like to stitch, but then what? Most of the mags have a little bit of everything, what to do with them?!
I'm not sure I want to write it all down or put it in the computer. I guess I could take a picture and sort it that way. 

Do any of you have this issue?
Any thoughts or suggestions on how to organize them?
And this is why I don't by magazines anymore! (Unless I see something I really like)


14 comments:

  1. Nope! I have zero suggestions, since my magazines are all lumped together.

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  2. I have mine in magazine holders by title, sorted by date. I have an Excel spreadsheet that lists the patterns I really want to stitch. Might you, it's a little out of date and needs to be updated.

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  3. I tried the post-it notes for awhile. Then I realized that I didn't need all those extra pages, so I started tearing out just the ones that I wanted and put them in page protectors in a binder. It cut down on the stacks. I used to have a rule that I wouldn't buy a magazine unless it had at least one pattern in it that I would use. That seemed good until I realized that I had more patterns than I would ever have time for in my lifetime. So I stopped getting magazines. Of course, I'm talking about crafting magazines in general not specifically a certain subject. Nowadays there's not much you can't find on the internet.

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  4. I find it an endless battle to be organised and no, I rarely buy magazines any more, either.

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  5. Magazines are the bane of my life! I tried to use a spreadsheet a few years to list all the charts in some sort of order but it took me so long to do that I never seemed to get any stitching done on the weekend... so now I pull out the charts I like (or think I might stitch) and ditch the rest of the mag. The charts are stored in binders in subject - ie animals, Christmas etc. To be honest I don't even buy many of mags any more - the only one I get is Just Cross Stitch and I get the digital version. With those I print the cover page and the index page and file that in binder. Good luck :o)

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  6. Ugh - my stitching magazines are pretty much the same way - JCS ornament issues separate, but the rest are in cardboard magazine holders chronologically for each magazine, sticky notes blossoming from the tops. I did go through SANQ in the late fall and typed up a spreadsheet of all the lovelies I'd like to stitch if I had unlimited time. A spreadsheet which I promptly forgot all about till reading your post, LOL.

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  7. You're more organized than me. :) I've been making a list on my blog of charts from magazines I'd like to stitch. That has helped, although it's not complete. I think someone uses a spreadsheet and has it very organized, but I haven't managed that level of organization.

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  8. I like the idea of ripping out what you need but with some like my Stoney Creek I love the whole magazine. So those I keep in a stack just in case. Good luck finding the right fit for you.

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  9. I keep a maximum of 12 magazines and any charts from older ones that I really want to stitch. I find though that this is less and less these days.

    I think your cupboard looks really tidy!

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  10. Magazines are tough to organize. Thankfully I don't have many and usually just mark the patterns I'm interested in using post-it tabs. I think after my recent organizing I found it difficult to organize my stitching stuff in general. It looks like you've done a great job, though. : )

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  11. I've got a few magazines with charts in that I had hopes to stitch, to be honest though I haven't stitched anything from them for over 5 years so maybe I should give them away, there is always something that comes along that wants to be stitched right away.
    Good luck with sorting yours.

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  12. Your cupboard looks lovely, as does your entire craft room. I had the same problem with magazines - I was overrun with them before I finally dismantled them, keeping only patterns that I thought I would do in my lifetime. I was ruthless! Then I used plastic page protectors and notebooks to organize the patterns by type of project. The Internet has also become my go-to place for hunting patterns, but I refuse to be parted from my page protectors and notebooks! :)

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  13. I have only about a dozen magazines, with the 'latest' one being 2011 I think... then I stopped getting them. I only got the Christmas ornament ones. And I have one or two with specific designs in them that I HAD to have! One is sitting right here next to me... waiting...I have to fiddle around with the design a little, because it is a scripture one and instead of my initials and date, I want to notate the chapter and verse. Soon! Oh, and my magazines are taking up room in a drawer. Hugs!

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  14. Don't ask me about the magazines! I have six boxes full of cross stitch, one of Tattoo mags, one of Junior parenting mag and one of Kerrang dating back to the 1980s!
    I did start keep notes about the designs I liked in each issue, one piece of A4 paper per box with each issue numbered.

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