Three Signs of a Cluttered Fabric Stash

I’m seeing this previously posted picture in a whole new light now!

The book It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh has completely changed how I think about my possessions. I read it after writing this post, in which I got a little defensive about my stash. Walsh has a section specifically about crafting supplies and spaces, and it really hit home. Fabric obviously plays a major role in my life and my future, so it doesn’t make sense for me to be as austere as this Unclutterer post suggests. However, my craft room is cluttered to the point of being unusable, and I need to take it back.

Here are three signs that you have a clutter problem with your fabric stash.

You’re defensive about your stash. If you’re defensive, it’s because you’re at least a little guilty or embarrassed about its overabundance. Chances are, the people you live with are feeling the squeeze. Listen to them. Really — ask your significant other/children/roommates how they feel about your fabric stash, and just listen, and especially don’t respond with “Well, your ____ collection takes up at least that much space.” (You can do that later when you tackle other areas of your home.)

You’re not using your crafting space for crafting. Is your sewing space so overcome with supplies you can’t move around freely to create? If so, then what’s the point of having the supplies? This is one of Walsh’s main points — we all live in a finite amount of space, and we need to use the space we have for living, not storage. Don’t give possessions priority over your favorite activities. Recognize that clutter is a huge creativity killer.

It doesn’t fit into the space that you have. Even if you have ample room to sew, maybe your stash is still unwieldy. Maybe you have an assortment of bags, boxes, and shelves with no rhyme or reason, or maybe you have crates stored in the garage or at your parents’ house (guilty). You should know what you have so you don’t waste time and money buying more of the same. And as Walsh says repeatedly, if you’re not giving your possessions a place of honor in your home, why are you keeping them? Your fabric should be easily viewable and accessible, and it should fit in a defined area with some breathing room. You can’t own every piece of fabric that you like, so you must prioritize.

Which of these apply to you?

Stay tuned for how to declutter your stash.


  1. lindamade says:

    I am working on a similar set of posts (but relating to yarn stashes) for During the process I got rid of 1/4 of my stash– and it feels so nice to not have to look through so many things just to start a project. I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say about fabric. I don’t even really have that much, but it is “too much” and it’s so hard to fight the urge to buy more.

  2. Natalie says:

    can’t wait to hear more. just waded through fabric and yarn to uncover my room for impending guest. There is no honor in my room.

  3. Miranda says:

    What? I can’t own every piece of fabric that I like? The heck you say!

    OK, you’re right, and my craft room (which I use exclusively for storage) is very cluttered. Ugh. But I’m sure there’s crap in there I could get rid of before I cut into the fabric … :-) If I get rid of the rubber stamps, can I keep the fabric?

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  5. Teri says:

    Ha… I walked into my sewing/storage room today and thought no one respects my space. Ha… I don’t even respect it, so how could anyone else? So I started and then a friend called and told me about this site and subject. We laughed for an hour. But… a total of 4 hours later I have my room 1/2 cleaned and organized to find my started projects, my idea projects and my stash!!!!! YAHOO!!! Can’t wait to read what y’all come up with to prefect this area of my life. THX

  6. jenclair says:

    It is time for me to organize again. I really want to be able to get to the point that I REGULARLY organize (and purge?) so that I can find just what is needed quickly! I’ll be watching for your tips…

  7. I’m having all three of those issues. Oh dear. Haha. I have been really good on down sizing lately though. Each month that goes by my stash is becoming more and more contained.

    Thanks for these great insights on fabric organizing!

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