For whatever reason, I decided that logging my fabric stash into a spreadsheet would help me get organized enough to sew. It’s dull work, and it seemed crazy, but I’ve only completed one-fourth of the task and it’s already proving useful!
Firstly and foremostly, I can know how much fabric I have — how many pieces, and how many yards. I won’t lie, my stomach churned when I realized how much I have. I’m not like many sewers who live in permanent or stable living arrangements, so having a large stash is actually kind of a burden. On the plus side, knowing how much and what I have means I can genuinely shop from my stash, and I’m looking forward to doing that in 2015!
I also decided to give inventory numbers to my fabrics, so I can log projects in another spreadsheet using numbers in place of ‘slinky blue knit that I got in San Francisco’. Logging my projects in a spreadsheet will make it easy to see how long a project takes me, what fabrics I use and how much, and what notions I use — useful info if I decide to make multiples of the same project.
But I’m new to the organization game. So tell me: how do you organize and track your fabric and projects? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!