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.