First, I sort my fabric by width - 45" (anything with a width up to 50") and 60" (anything over 50"). Then the folding begins:
|This is the way we fold our fabric, fold our fabric, fold our fabric...c'mon sing with me...|
Many people like to roll their fabric to place on shelves. I am not a fan of this for many reasons. I find that the fabric can get pulled off grain. Larger lengths of fabric (of which I have many) are difficult for me to roll neatly. When fabric is removed from the middle of a pile on the shelf, there is a hole that remains until the other fabrics eventually collapse into it, making a mess. And, most importantly for me, I don't find it aesthetically pleasing to look at a shelf of rolled fabric.
Granted, stacks of folded fabrics have their own issues. Removing a single piece from the middle of a stack can be tricky/messy if the stack contains many pieces. Also, placing fabric back in its starting spot requires removing the whole stack from the shelf to relocate the piece to its original home. This is one of the reasons why I store my fabric by wardrobe groupings. Each grouping contains fabrics that are complementary in colour and season. So, I don't need to place any removed fabric back into its original location within the stack, I can just add it to the top of the stack. This way, I still have a grouping of related fabrics, just in a slightly different order than before, which is fine by me.
So, there you have it. Stay tuned for how I keep track of it all.
* If I had to change careers and become something new, I would open my own business as an organizational expert. I cannot think of a better way to spend an afternoon than cleaning up and organizing a cupboard, closet, room, etc. My friends think I'm nuts when I ask if I can come over and help clean up their closets or rearrange the contents of their kitchen cupboards!