All of these things are small and not a huge deal to work around so I have left it the way it was for awhile, in the meantime dreaming up what I would do if I had the time/money to change it. I was impressed by this idea that I saw on Pinterest:
I wish I had taken some before pictures but honestly the undertaking was HUGE and really had to be taken care of immediately and on top of all that I had a sick daughter and a sick husband at home for most of the week so pictures weren't really on my mind. But I'm so pleased with how it turned out that I thought it would be fun to share the after pictures at least.
I got a tall bookcase from Target (I wanted to go to Ikea but with the sickos it just wasn't going to happen and I really couldn't wait) and instead of using foam core I just used cut up diaper boxes since I have a ton of them at any given time. Here's what I ended up with:
And I'm really thrilled with the organizational part of it. It is so helpful to be able to see all of my fabrics at once.
I'm so happy with how this turned out. I still have a few bins in the garage--mostly winter fabrics (not necessary now as we head into summer) and some clothes to upcycle. Both of which I'll just bring the whole bin inside when I'm working on those specific things.
I still wish I had a place to keep my sewing machine out all the time but this will definitely cut down on my set-up time. And now that I'm finished cleaning I can maybe finish my dress!