I really like to keep my sewing studio tidy. Whenever I am finished working, though, I always put my tools away. This is the drawer in my bureau where I keep the essentials. You can see my scissors and rotary cutters, pins, binding makers, seam ripper and a few other things.
I keep my pins in this big tin. I use the finest pins I can get, and I use steel pins. This way if I drop them, I can pick them up with a big magnet. The two dark areas on the cover of the tin are magnetic strips, useful for stray pins and this little pair of scissors I use to trim threads.My cutting mat is clear, and is 24" x 36" which makes cutting crosswise strips a snap. Many years ago I bought these plexiglass strips in varying widths, from 5/8" up to 4" and 24" long. I love them. I haven't seen them available anywhere. I guess folks just measure every time, which would make me crazy. I love grabbing one of these plexi strips and just ... ZIP. These hang on the wall near my cutting table.I have a good selection of right triangles, too. The two large ones are 16" and 12" and are very useful for squaring things up. The small orange one is 4" and I use it most often for bindings. I also love my 6" wide x 24" long rule.I have a small assortment of specialized rules, but the one I like the best is the Easy Rule Jr. It's 3-1/2" x 9" and it's very handy because of its small size. These hang on the side of my ironing table.On a bookcase behind the ironing table I keep my spray bottle, a box for loose thread bits, some pencils, the pencil sharpener, a lint remover (or cat hair remover), the telephone, iron, and a measuring cup of water. I refresh the water in the measuring cup every day because my cat likes to drink from it. The yellow banana shaped bowl is a holding spot for my scissors when I need to get them out of the way when I am ironing.No matter how busy I am, when I am finished sewing, all these tools get put back where they belong. It may sound obsessive, but actually, it just makes everything much easier to find.