Here’s a list of tools I feel like I spend half my sewing time looking for: a seam ripper, scissors and shears of all sorts, rulers (especially see-through ones!), point turner.
Even though we’ve gotten the workspace pretty organized, it’s still far too easy to misplace these things. The only thing I never lose is my thread nippers, and that’s only because I wear them around my neck.
So this month, I’m working on putting my tools back where they belong.
To make this easier on myself, these are the things I’ll try:
- Make sure everything has a place. First of all, all my tools should have a proper home to go to. Mostly they do, but I’m going to figure out which ones don’t. I may also label some of those places, just to make it crystal clear.
- Keep things visible. One problem I find is putting tools where they can’t be seen, like a seam ripper inside a cup. It’s hard to know if everything is put away if I can’t see it.
- Clean up tools at the end of every day. I think this is the big one. It’s not always possible to put everything away at the end of the day (like fabric you’re working with), but tools usually can be put where they belong. It’s not a big deal to take them out again the next day, and will probably actually save time.
Have any of you successfully developed this habit? Any tips for me?