With that said, like Caroline and many of you, my stash/collection has gotten out of control. I've been paying for an off-site storage unit for a number of years to hold the overflow. That $900 a year could be used for 3 car payments or several months of groceries or 6 months of utilites or almost two years worth of mani/pedis, college books for my son, college applications. Need I go on? So one of my goals for 2009 is ...to get a smaller unit. You thought I was going to get rid of the unit, didn't you? Be reassured, I may suffer from temporary insanity when it comes to all things creative but never at the expense of my health and welfare. I like to eat and enjoy the warmth of my home.
So, I have a few caveats regarding my stash usage in 2009:
1. I must love everything I sew. Warts and all. If it's just okay, I will not alter, tweak or massage into a likable garment. I may refashion it into something else entirely. If not, I will pass it onto someone who will love it. I must feel fabulous in it.
2. It should work with my upcoming wardrobe plans. If it's going to be an orphan, it must be such a dynamic piece that in and off itself, it's great. Again, I must feel fantabuloso when I wear it!
3. If there is less than one yard of fabric leftover, it will go in a donation box that I keep in sewing area. I doubt I'll ever make a quilt, so why am I holding onto scraps? Most one yard pieces can be made into a tank top or camisole. I will try to whip one up while the machine and serger are hot! If inspiration fails me for that one yard piece, it goes in the donation box. After thirty days, the box leaves my house for good. My son is in charge of this and cannot wait. He feels I should donate everything I have in the living room.
4. Since my local fabric store is closing soon, I will keep a running list of fabrics and colours I need. This will help me control my magpie tendencies for when I do make the trek into town. Pretty, shiny, silky things can make me lose control. Causing the wants to outweigh the needs.
5. I'll monitor the fabric the crosses my threshold both ways. I have a purse size notebook where I'm listing all of my projects and fabric used. I will do a final tally at the end of each month. Currently, I don't know how much fabric I have. I did attempt stash maintenance at one time, but became overwhelmed with life crap. I mean stuff. Perhaps, this weekend, I'll try to catalogue what's in the living room and go from there.
So stash busting just to use up, make room, get rid of...not for me. Mindful stash reduction...yes, I can!