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Date: 2/25/12 0:36 AM

I spent the better part of three days sorting, folding and organizing fabrics/threads/beads/charms/buttons/laces/ribbons!

Completely overwhelmed!

It took all that time to reorganizing the sewing room - but now I have to do something with the bins in the garage and the storage shelves!

Has anyone ever come to the decision that they just have too much?

What did you do?

I have previously donated and gifted, but am feeling my Stash is just too much... Did these feelings of being overwhelmed eventually dissipate?

Help!!! (There should be a smilie partially buried under fabric!)

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Date: 2/25/12 0:59 AM

Just did that today, actually. Figured out that I added 25% MORE then what I had, to the tune of 100+ yards.

I decided that I was just going to sew. Use the stuff I didn't like/was cheap/mystery bundles for muslins. Don't care, has a use, into the junk box it went. The rest, stuff I like, I sorted out to match with others to create a wardrobe, and then by seasons so I know what to make right now. I have a few gaps I seriously need to address (robe, church dress, etc.) for me, and I have a DD I need to sew for, who has 20 yards of her own stuff.

I decided until I go through what I bought with patterns in mind, I won't buy any more. In a couple of month, hopefully, the 2 totes will be almost empty.

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Date: 2/25/12 6:01 AM

Go to the liquor store and get boxes. Liquor store boxes are nice because they aren't too big. Get 6.

Every weekend, fill one, seal it and put it in a corner in the dining room. Now, you have 2 months to plan a tea. In two months, invite 3 friends for tea.

Go on Freecycle, post the fabric. Enjoy your tea, your extra space, greater freedom of mind.

Start today. One box.

j.

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Date: 2/25/12 6:18 AM

I don't think I have too much but I'm pretty sure my husband thinks I have too much!!

I can identify with being overwhelmed, though. I am like that with my 150 or so patterns -- there is so much choice that I find it hard to decide on anything, so I do nothing. I'd probably make more garments if I had fewer options to choose from, not that it ever deters me from buying more when the next sale comes along...

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Date: 2/25/12 6:57 AM

Quote: susandf
Has anyone ever come to the decision that they just have too much?



What did you do?

yep, I resemble your post. I've done some culling, but mostly of fbric I've been given not that I've bought. It's good that I like and can see myself using 99% of my stash, it's just not great that I have so much of it.

I've put myself on a fabric diet, in that I can't buy any more real-life fabric until I've used enough to not feel so bothered by how much there is. I can buy for a very small niche that I don't have (mainly underwear). For costume fabric, I have a couple that I've been looking for fabric for some time, so if it turns up I can get it. Otherwise I really have no need to buy anything but the occasional notion.

I got a couple of single door pantry cupboards to put my fabric in, so much easier than tubs, and need to get at least one more so that I can have summer, blouse fabric in one, winter, knits in the second and costume fabric in the 3rd.

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Date: 2/25/12 6:58 AM

Quote: jadamo00


Every weekend, fill one, seal it and put it in a corner in the dining room. Now, you have 2 months to plan a tea. In two months, invite 3 friends for tea.
Go on Freecycle, post the fabric. Enjoy your tea...



Start today. One box.



j.

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I was with you until the tea party bit. Confused.

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Date: 2/25/12 7:14 AM

I have been exploring a web site called Listia. It is kind of like eBay but you just trade for points. Basically giving things away to someone who really wants it. And, yes, I do watch for sewing items.

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Date: 2/25/12 8:34 AM

Several years ago my DH spotted my Artbins filled with threads and said "Wow! Look at all the thread you've got".
Well, I have three times that much now! There's something so addictive about thread...I think it goes back to elementary school and those huge boxes of Crayons.

Linda

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Date: 2/25/12 8:46 AM

I'm in the process of organizing my stash now. Lately, I've been trying to be much more restrictive about what I buy. I really want to stick to things that are going to be useful to me and not get carried away by sales. On the other hand, I do want to be able to snap something up if I see a good deal. But I tend to plan way more projects than I can actually complete. I need to get a move on with my spring sewing and not buy anything else until I've completed several projects at least. No more fabric (exceptwhats necessary to complete I'm edit projects like linings, facings, etc) until Easter!

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Date: 2/25/12 9:30 AM

I can certainly understand what you mean by thinking you have too much. My problem is I really don't think I have too much only that I don't have a smart way to store it. Every time I need something I have organized, I remember it is in the box against the walll on the bottom, behind and under everything else because I was sure I wouldn't be using it for years . So.. I end up having to pull everything out and replace it. I aparently just don't get the whole "oganize" thing. I just need a bigger room. DH doesn't really think that's my problem since it would require either moving or building on.

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