Carolyn Woods is a professional organizer, author, and speaker. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and runs her company, Totally Tidy Household Organizing. For most of her life, she has been helping people get their household clutter under control. Carolyn lives in Gilbert, Arizona.
Disclaimer: OK. I was sold on this book the minute I saw the title. I am a sucker for any book that will help me get rid of clutter and organize my studio. The Skinny: Here you'll find ideas for identifying what causes clutter, setting goals to deal with it, and organizing what's left. Oh, did I forget the best part? Here it is: How to maintain the organization. (That's the part that gets me every time.) The book is filled with ideas: for what you need (good lighting, temperature, electrical system, and sound control are musts), storing your stash so you can use it, handling all the tools and trappings (books, magazines, UFOs) of quilting, and maintaining your space. There's a section that deals with quilting-on-the-go (ideas for those who participate in workshops and retreats) and another that talks about storage and display. Bottom line: I got some great ideas (room design, better lighting, fabric storage, packing for retreats), inspiration (to clean up my space and donate what I'm not using), and (my favorite) maintaining the space in an orderly way. Here's a practical guide to help you organize and maintain your quilting space, no matter what size it is. Learn handy ways to sort and arrange fabrics and supplies into easy-to-use stations. See actual organizing solutions from quilters' studios including Alex Anderson and Diana McClun. Learn to identify what's causing clutter and how to turn it into a more creative zone. Creative Spaces: Quilt + Sew + Craft, November 2013