Giving away my Secrets... Secret #1

I have been asked, at times, whether I have 30hours in my day... as opposed to the 'standard' 24hrs. Was i given a magic clock at my birth that allowed me extra time when necessary?
Umm, sadly no. I am a great believer in 'your Life being what you make of it'. Secret #1 is efficient time management. When i find myself with a spare hour i attempt to cut out felt shapes ready to sew... i pop all the ingredients i need for a complete project, into a little ziplock bag....
I then build up a series of little projects that can be picked up whenever i feel the need to sew. This doesn't work for machine sewing, but it is great for hand finishing - when i have to sit outside a Gym Hall and wait for SmallFish to finish gymnastics class.... or i am going to spend lazy Sunday at my Mums....

I hate time-wasting. It is a massive bugbear of mine. The best thing i ever did for my little handmade business, was to buy this small tin (below) and fill it with all the items i need so i can pick it up in a hurry and know i will have something to occupy me / something to sew!

My Studio might be very (very) messy but it is still very organised to me - so as not to waste time searching for bits...
Below is my packaging table. It was a low table, found on ebay and re-purposed for me needs :)
I love all the little squares in which i can store all the labels needed for posting packets....

Even my Jiffy Bags are all decorated and stickered, ready to get packed and off to the Post Office. If i let this system slide, i soon find i am totally out of control!! and parcels go astray...

Nothing gets designed before it gets cut and made...I am a "Cut First and never measure much" kind of girl. Once i have made something and i like it, i then sketch the template and keep them all in one place so i can find them easily:
Or sometimes they all fall out and i can never find what i need....


Anyway, now you know, my #1 Secret... i like to manage my time like a child with an Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder. It doesn't work for everyone, but it works for me xxx

18 comments:

Judith said...

Oh how I would love to spend a day with you. A little thrift shopping a nice cup of tea and lots of beautiful things to play with. Your house looks so homely. TFS x

feltmeup designs said...

gasp*

so neat and tidy! my space is a mess! lol

PaperFish! said...

oh lordy - NOT tidy at all! you would be shocked :0
...and Judith - that is soo lovely! i am even more Camp and silly in real life!!

BLONDEDESIGN said...

Oh you are really organised, I do try, I have the biggest pile of paper, card, plastic temples in a file, but I admit I lose the plot when I can't find a jiffy bag the right size, as I bring home the used bags from work so try to recycle where possible.
But having had a few items from you and recieved yours in the post, I can automaticlly rip it open half knowing what I am going to find, as your bags stand out!
I must try harder, I must try harder....Kx

weeseaweed said...

thanks for sharing your secrets of efficiency! hopefully they'll help me become a better person one day...

Pink Blossom Creations said...

Love how organised you are..
I love popping over to your blog for inspiration its one of the places to be seen!!!!
Looks like you had fun with robots as well.
This is probably my first comment as I can never find the right words to say great it makes me feel when I have popped over here (without sounding cheesy!!!)
Caroline x

Natasha said...

I'm very impressed! Will you come and organise me?

Victoria Ann said...

Why do I spend 70% of my time organising my things and the remainder dreaming my designs and no time left to make:( last night I went to bed with this beautiful hand printed fabric in a 50,s style dress idea. It would look fabulous! (But it is just another design which will never see the light of day) Maybe I need organisation therapy or just therapy!:(

mad boo x

nicedaydesigns said...

I love this little tour of your life. I'm the same I have a little craft bag that I carry with me, it's very handy on train/buses or when I'm selling at market...and it always draws customers in when they see me handsewing

Petit Filoux said...

I agree, it's all about being organised!!! That way, you really make the most of your time and enjoy any free time even more!

PaperFish! said...

peoples - your comments are truly truly appreciated :)I hoped not to sound 'sermony', ya know, just "this is what i do" xxx

craftaddict said...

How exciting! I love your ideas, it has prompted me to try to stop wasting so much time and get on and DO! Thanks x

Olive Mac said...

You have inspired me to stop faffing about today and get things done! Thank you.

I love popping by your blog - it is such a lovely read.

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Alexandra Mason said...

Some great organisation tips, something i'm trying to get better at! thanks for sharing xx

Emma-Jayne said...

ooh what a genius idea. must go to shop tomorrow to buy some ziploc bags. that will save soo much losing of buttons and threads. now why did i not think of this myself? xxxx

Carrie said...

ooo, i need a you in my life! im the most unorganised, forgetful person ever, it really stresses me out how scatty i am! Sometimes i could just shake myself, i definately need to do more prep like you then maybe i would have an easier life!...i get it from my mum!! hehe

Cate said...

thanks for letting us in on your secrets kirsty, looking forward to #2. i love popping by your blog for an injection of colour and inspiration!

cate, x

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