Organization and systems work. Until suddenly they don't. Sometime in the last few months I could not stand my thread organization any longer. For 8+ years I have been holding my cones of thread in back-of-the-door shoe holders and that has worked just fine. Here is the "before" photo. (Also, be sure to admire my new dimmer switch in the middle of the peeled off paint.) Recently, cones have been migrating to other places in the room and seemed to spend more time spilling out of their holders than actually nestled inside. Last weekend I had enough. I went to JoAnn Fabrics while their thread racks were 50% off and bought 5 racks (I already had one). The clerk asked me, "How much thread do you HAVE?" A lot, my friend. A lot.
At this point I enlisted the help of my six-year-old. She got the job of sorting cones by color while I drilled holes and screwed in my six thread racks onto the back of the door. She made it about 3/4 through the sorting before she decided it would be more fun to play in her room. Who can blame her?
Now I have plenty of room for each cone, and room to grow, and I am ridiculously happy with the new arrangement. It is my new favorite "quilting thing".
There is still a shoe holder on the inside of my closet door, where cones used for winding bobbins are stored. The only reason I didn't add thread racks to that door is that I am afraid that the dowels will snag on the big rolls of batting I keep in there. Luckily it's easy to close that door and ignore what is inside. Sorting through the closet is my next big project...