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May 26, 2019
In this episode I interview Hannah Gilly, of @knitwithhannah. She runs the YouTube channel Knit With Hannah, designs knitting patterns, offers online courses about knitting, and enthusiastically motivates other knitters! In this interview Hannah tells us about her ‘Declutter Your Stash for Spring’ Facebook challenge, and we discuss how she declutters and organises her own […]
May 22, 2019
If you love your creative work but you always seem to find a way to avoid it, put it off until later, do the least-important parts first instead of concentrating on the challenging parts, or generally not get things done all the way to completion, you’re procrastinating! In this episode we’ll look at some of […]
May 2, 2019
What do you do with all your materials and tools when you have more than one creative practice? For example, if you enjoy sewing and knitting and you also do some card-making, how do you prioritize your activities and where do you put all your materials and tools? Find out in this episode, where I […]
April 5, 2019
Season 2 Episode 4 of the Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space podcast is an interview with Melissa Averinos, who talks about decluttering her creative space despite not being a natural-born declutterer.
March 29, 2019
If you love making clothes, home dec items, or quilts for yourself, you may find it difficult to declutter your me-made items, especially if they’re of sentimental value to you. But equally, if you’re a prolific sewist or quilter, your closet and home can fill up pretty fast, and you need to make room for […]
March 19, 2019
In this episode I interview Sarah Ashford of Sarah Ashford Studio, a modern quilter who creates quilt patterns for magazines and other publications, writes about quilts and quilting, works with British fabric companies to test out their fabrics, and hosts the #greatbritishquilter Instagram challenge. She also creates and sells project pouches on http://sarahashfordstudio.com that help […]
March 12, 2019
This episode is all about organizing your fabric – after you’ve fully decluttered, of course! (If you haven’t quite finished decluttering, please go back and listen to Season 1 first.) I talk about the different ways of categorizing your fabric, and then explain the different options of storing it so that it’s always accessible. If […]
November 30, 2018
The last episode of Season 1 includes a recap of what we’ve done so far to declutter your sewing space, a few words about the Sense of Duty mindset issue as it relates to the holiday season, and information on how you can contribute to the ‘Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space’ podcast. If you […]
October 30, 2018
In this episode I interview Margaret Metcalfe, Oxfordshire Coordinator for Project Linus UK, about making quilts for children in distress – something that may appeal to those who want to use up their stash! If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space’ podcast, please consider donating any amount of your choice to help […]
October 8, 2018
This episode walks you through the basic steps of decluttering, including bringing all your items together, grouping them by type, setting up your logistics, getting your no-longer needed items out the door, and organizing the rest! If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space’ podcast, please consider donating any amount of your choice […]
September 24, 2018
Nadia interviews Kate Ng of Time to Sew (http://timetosew.uk) and Pilar Barcelo of Pilar Bear (http://www.pilarbear.com), both advocates for sustainable sewing and fashion. Topics include the #makeyourstash Instagram challenge they co-hosted, sustainability in sewing and fashion, and of course, how they declutter and organize their sewing spaces. Kate and Pilar also give us a heads-up […]
September 17, 2018
Physical clutter isn’t the only thing that prevents us from sewing. Sometimes we have an overwhelming amount of stuff scheduled into our calendars and we just can’t find the time for our sewing projects. But by developing a few useful habits – and by acknowledging the value of your creative time – you can start […]
September 1, 2018
In this episode I interview Judith Dahmen of the blog Needles and Lemons (http://needlesandlemons.com). Judith is a modern quilter, a knitter, and a fine art photographer. In the interview Judith talks about her natural inclination for keeping her space clutter-free and shares how she organizes her workspace. If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your […]
August 6, 2018
Nadia interviews Melissa Fehr of FehrTrade (http://fehrtrade.com), author of ‘Sew Your Own Activewear’ (https://amzn.to/2Kryjv7), and Craftsy course host (https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/classes/serging-activewear/546883). Melissa talks about her unique sewing space on a barge on the River Thames, reveals how she keeps her workspace clutter-free, and shares her amazing tips for organizing a very small sewing space (hint: think vertically!). […]
July 25, 2018
The Project Master List is a simple but effective way to keep all your projects sorted, rate them by excitement level, and prioritize your top five current projects. A downloadable, printable worksheet is available from http://clearthedecks.co.uk/resources. If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space’ podcast, please consider donating any amount of your choice […]
July 6, 2018
Nadia talks with Suzie Blackman of It’s a Stitch Up (http://itsastitchup.co.uk) about how she keeps her knitting and sewing spaces decluttered and organized, how she organizes her business selling ethical hand-dyed yarn, and how decluttering has helped her clarify what kinds of projects she really loves to do. If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize […]
June 30, 2018
Nadia answers listeners’ questions about the seven mindset issues – including how to dispose of fabrics in environmentally friendly ways; ways to sell items that are no longer needed; how to stop thinking ‘it might be useful for something’; and how to declutter when family members are opposed to letting items go. If you enjoy […]
June 26, 2018
Don’t let disorganized thinking cause clutter in your sewing space! Disorganized thinking can result in sewing materials and tools being stored all over your house, and can prevent you from completing projects when you haven’t realized you’re missing some of the items that you need. Disorganized thinking might also lead you to resist tidying things […]
June 18, 2018
If you’ve ever taken on more sewing projects than you can handle because they all seem so exciting, you might know how it feels to be overwhelmed by choice. You may end up starting lots of projects but not following through and finishing them. If you’ve got a tendency to be unrealistic about time constraints […]
June 7, 2018
Sewing is a wonderful way to discover your own identity as a creator. But if you find that you’re making choices of sewing materials or projects that don’t suit you, and that you somehow don’t get joy from, you may be experiencing the IDENTITY mindset issue. When we’re unsure of our capabilities, our style, and […]
May 21, 2018
If you keep sewing items or projects out of obligation even when you’re not enthusiastic about them, you might be labouring under the Sense of Duty mindset issue. It also might be affecting you if you sew things for others when you don’t really want to. Let go of this sense of duty and bring […]
May 11, 2018
Got items you can’t possibly let go of because they’re of sentimental value to you, or because they make you feel nostalgic for a different time in your life? You might be experiencing the sentimentality mindset issue. Learn how to stop assigning too much significance to objects and redirect it towards the people you care […]
May 3, 2018
If you often use ‘But I spent good money on it!’ or ‘It might come in handy one day’ as excuses for keeping items in your house that you don’t really need or like, this is the episode for you! In it I suggest some of the ways you can retrain yourself to think differently […]
April 18, 2018
Money mindset issues manifest themselves in overspending/overbuying, bargain/reactive buying, stockpiling, and impulsive/compulsive spending. These can all create clutter by bringing unnecessary items into the home. This episode looks at the ways we can retrain ourselves to think about money and spending in a way that helps us avoid creating more clutter in our sewing spaces. […]
March 19, 2018
An introduction to the seven major mindset issues that we will address before we begin decluttering and organizing your sewing space: 1. Money, 2. Overinflated Value, 3. Sentimentality, 4. Sense of Duty, 5. Identity, 6. Overwhelm, and 7. Disorganized Thinking. This is a micro-introduction to the issues; the next seven episodes of this podcast will […]
March 10, 2018
In this episode, we’ll start to think about your ideal sewing space. But first, I go on a little rant about Pinterest! Then we get to the questions: How do you want to feel when you’re using your sewing space? How do you imagine it working? What new avenues would it open up for you? […]
March 6, 2018
In this episode we look straight at what’s causing you discomfort by doing three short visualization exercises. How does your sewing space make you feel? What three things make you most uncomfortable about your sewing space? A free printable worksheet for this podcast is available at http://clearthedecks.co.uk/resources. If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your […]
February 28, 2018
In this episode, we focus on what you love about sewing, expressing gratitude to the people who taught you to sew, and being proud of your accomplishments as a sewist. A free printable worksheet for this podcast is available at http://clearthedecks.co.uk/resources. If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space’ podcast, please consider donating […]
February 21, 2018
In this episode, I talk about the psychological work behind decluttering and organizing, and why this podcast is going to gently push you into uncomfortable territory so you can truly understand what causes your clutter. If you enjoy the ‘Declutter and Organize Your Sewing Space’ podcast, please consider donating any amount of your choice to […]
February 21, 2018
In this episode, I introduce myself and give you a little insight into my career as a Professional Declutterer and Organizer who also happens to love sewing and quilting.  I follow with an overview of what I’ll be covering in this podcast. Music credit: “Cheery Monday” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution […]
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