Stuff and Nonsense: AKA “Craft Supplies”
I can’t be the only one. Unlike Kaye, I don’t have a streamlined craft selection of only what I will use for a specific project. I like to have what is generally known as “a stash.” Let’s define that, shall we?
stash- noun. def: a collection of stuff lying in wait to take any crafter, quilter, knitter, seamstress, or any other hobbyist by surprise whenever the muse strikes. note: many hobbyists use their stash as inspiration for shopping rather than creating. *Havig’s Unofficial Dictionary*
A few years ago, I went through my fabric totes–all 40 of them (that is not an exaggeration) and got rid of all but about 3 or 4 max. Possibly only 2. I think at the time it was 2 but I kept some pieces inside, so when those went into totes, it became 3. Because that’s vastly important information for you to know. Now, in my defense, I had a reason for having all that fabric. I once ran a sewing business that required me to have a large stock of fabric on hand at all times. But, after 6 or 7 years of not sewing that kind of volume anymore, it seemed a bit ridiculous to keep it all. So
I pawned it off generously donated it to my eldest daughter. I think she sold most of it. WOOT! You say that this should mean that I don’t have much excess craft stuff now? You think because I cut almost everything from my crafting life that I didn’t love, I now only have what I’d actually use?
You’re so cute.
So, as we head into spring and my instincts are to clean up and clean out, I’m on a craft/hobby de-cluttering mission. The areas I intend to work through are:
- Fabric and notions in the shed (I think I still have too much).
- The crafts in the bench under my bedroom window. Surely SOME of that can go, right?
- The cabinet to the left of my desk area. It’s just a mess and half of what is in there can either be chucked or organized somewhere more logical.
- My office supplies. *whimper* Let’s just say that Kaye would not be amused.
- My planner supplies *feels self curl into fetal position*. But seriously. I have FIVE large containers of washi. I have a SHELF of stickers and a Thirty-one bag half full too! We’re not even talking about the… oh… I don’t know… STAMPS I bought to use and never do? ahem.
- Blank books/journals. I have about 5,000. I need to cull it down to a maximum of 4,500… or maybe 4,750. *innocent grin*
- Correspondence. Look. I want to keep some of this stuff–sweet letters from readers, from my mom. I need to put them in a scrapbook (blank book/journal??? OOOOH!) and maybe I can actually SEE them again. *shocker*
- Paper. Yes, I have a TON of paper. Most of it, will stay. Seriously. I make another ton of cards every year. My readers need only send me their names, addresses, and birthdays and I send a birthday card (often late, but it will get there if putting a stamp on it and sticking it in the mailbox can do it!). That’s a LOT of cards every year. I like making cards. So I’m going to stick to it. Yes. Yes I am. 🙂
- Stamps. Alas, I have WAY more stamps than I need. WAY more. And I don’t mind having more than I need. Seriously, it’s no fun stamping the same thing over and over. BUT… I don’t need to keep them just because I bought them. If I don’t like it, don’t see myself using it, it didn’t stamp nicely, whatever. It needs to GO. Bye bye. I may be opening an Etsy shop just to sell off my excess stuff! LOL.
- Books. Sigh. Yes, I think I may even have a few books that can go. Maybe. Sorta.
- Linens. Because I don’t care if we have 8 beds in this house. We have WAY too many sheets and pillowcases (and probably not enough towels or blankets, but I’ll live with that). Note: this counts because they are stored in our underbed storage system which, I could then use for storing craft stuff if I cleared out other stuff. *whistles*
Just as I was planning this post, a blog post from THIS WEBSITE showed up in my Facebook feed. I went there. I read it. And I read THIS POST that talks about her first year of 40 days/40 bags. And I so resonated with it. So I’m doing it! I had a houseful yesterday (most went home, can that count as a de-cluttering?) and so I didn’t get a bag done then. But I’ll do two today. I’ve got my printouts ready (not sure I’ll use ’em) and I’m off! Who’s with me–either in spirit or in the more “material” sense? (and by that I mean who is going to get rid of their stuff –or come help me get rid of mine–or at least cheer me on?)