Currently unable to sew for myself or for the upcoming baby, I am concentrating instead on clearing excess out of my house. My goal has been to reduce my craft stash by at least 30%.
I pull out a bin of say fabric or patterns, make a quick count, and then use a calculator to reach 30%. For example if I have 20 pieces of fabric on a shelf, 20 X .30 = 6. My goal is to get rid of six pieces either through donation or trash. ( I know using a calculator appears a bit anal-retentive, but how am I to know if I have reached my goal if I don’t have correct numbers?)
This approach took out nearly half of my fabric stash as reported in last Tuesday’s post. I am moving systematically around the craft storage area and patterns were next.
Pattern reduction can be hard. When I pull an envelope out and see the front photo, I always think, “maybe?” Or, “You will never know when this will be just the thing I want to sew!”
Luckily this time around I have a built-in gauge. Not only is pregnancy nausea making me lose my sentimentality, but the pregnancy itself is giving me structured parameters.
Given pregnancy, nursing, and babycare I have about two years before I am back to my pre-pregnancy size. All I had to ask myself was
Am I Going to Want to Wear This Garment Two Years from Now?
Or Will There Probably be Some New Fashion I am Excited About?
Asking myself those simple questions rid me of 50 patterns!
I started out with 192 patterns, got rid of 50, leaving me with 142 patterns. Not exactly pattern poverty I understand, but a considerable reduction.
Here is a typed version of the chart I scribbled on the back of an old receipt as I worked through the pattern stash.
The next item on the chopping block is the bead cabinet. Yes, I used to bead and make jewelry often before I had my daughter. Finishing the closures or nipping the ends of wrapped wire can can cause small bits of metal and fiberglass to land I know not where on my floor, just ready to splinter into little bare feet. Over the past few years I have backed off of this hobby. I think I should move some of my stash on so current crafters can get some joy out of it.
Next Post: Tuesday, April 5, 2011: God Willing! I hope nausea does not impede me from going through the bead stash. If I get it done, I promise to report. 🙂