Tons better, don't you agree? I broke down and bought myself a travel ironing pad which was just the perfect size for the top of that cabinet so there's no more sloppy ends hanging down. That one was also terribly stained from all the times I used the iron to heat-set paint or dye and forgot to put down a silicone protective sheet. I'll be more careful with this one! We actually have the door to the cabinet too, but my husband removed it several years ago when the girls used it to store their Barbie toys and now I can't find the hinges he took off! The piece is from Ikea and I know I can get replacement hinges. They only cost a couple of bucks but the shipping charges were ridiculous so I haven't ordered them yet. Maybe next time we're in Jersey or on LI we'll stop at the stores there. Then everything on those shelves will be kept out of sight.
I went through all those bins and cubbies, condensed all the items or got rid of them, and moved my fabric storage here in white cardboard boxes from Staples. This is what the shelf looks like now:
Below is the view of my sewing table. It still has the remnants of some projects I'm finishing up, but it looks a whole lot better than it did. I reorganized the little drawers on the right and decluttered the ledge near the window and the shelf next to it. That window is at ground level and tends to get splashed with dirt when it rains, as well as getting covered in cobwebs in the summer. I usually just try to ignore the dirt, knowing that soon after I clean it, it will only get dirty again. But this time I swept off all the dirt and thoroughly cleaned it so the light coming through is clean and clear. It makes such a difference! I'll have to make a point of taking the time to do that several times a year. It really only took a few minutes!