Warning: Really long post!
Hi, I'm Elle, and I'm a supply hoarder.
The Problem: Haha, no but seriously. We live in a 1-bedroom apartment and I have way way WAY too many projects/supplies for our space, especially since I have an almost-2-year-old, another on the way, and a little dog!
For Myself: I have been working on a HUGE ongoing project of making 150 cross stitch hoops - one for each of the original 150 pokemon. I have 16 already done and hanging in the hallway, and another 5 completed but I haven't finished off the backs of the hoops yet (I am waiting until after I have the baby because I use E6000 for this, and I don't want to use it while pregnant, cuz it smells AWFUL). This is definitely a labor of love which will probably only be appreciated by me. I do not have all of the necessary hoops to finish this project, so I /will/ have to buy them as I go along, but I am refusing to buy them in advance, and will only buy them one or two at a time as I need them. I /do/ have all of the necessary DMC colors for the project (my fiance got me the rest of the missing colors for Christmas).
Taking Stock: I think I have about 16 boxes of scrapbooking paper (about half 8.5x11 and half 12x12) and I'm not even a scrapbooker! I am a total sucker for "hey, do you want some free stuff?" and 'inherited' all but one box of this massive stash from a lady who was moving and whose boyfriend refused to move the stash again (it filled up the entire trunk of my SUV and there was still more in the backseat...). I also 'inherited' a ton of different supplies (including the other box of scrapbooking paper) from my fiance's sister when she was moving into an apartment with roommates and therefore only had one room, which she shares with her boyfriend. I also have a habit of checking out the remnants bin at JoAnns whenever I'm there, and justifying one roll because "it's only a dollar," and I never have an actual craft in mind. Here are just a couple of pictures of my stock.
Here is some of my 8.5x11 scrapbook paper, stored underneath my desk, which is not convenient because then I can't actually put my feet there when using my desk.
Here is some of the 12x12 scrapbook paper, stored in the hall closet, which is not convenient because the 12x12s don't fit nicely into their boxes, and I need to stack the boxes...
Here are the boxes of craft supplies that are stored on the shelf above my desk. God forbid we have a big earthquake (an actual potential hazard where I live) because all these would probably come raining down... But at least they're organized and pretty! I just added the labels to these last night and now they make me happy
And here are the boxes of craft supplies that need to be reorganized and labeled still. The boxes are all organized, but I need to re-fit everything into the cabinet nicely and then label the boxes.
This does not include pictures of my sewing stuff (which is stored in the cabinet beneath the messy craft supplies), my embroidery stuff, scrap paper (I can't throw it away!), and handsewing stuff (all three are stored in bankers boxes also on the shelf above my desk), or the knitting stuff (another bankers box stored on the shelf above the messy craft supplies).
1. With regards to the 150 Pokemon hoops project - keep working! And also only buy exactly when I need for this project (I know I will need hoops as I go, and I will also need more black and a couple shades of gray that are used on virtually all of them, but I will buy all of this one or two at a time to keep the stash from growing).
2. Continue being generous with the craft supplies - particularly the scrapbook paper. When Jeremy agreed to let me inherit all of the paper, it was under the agreement that I not buy any more until I got the stash down to a manageable amount (i.e. 1-2 boxes). I am proud that so far I have kept my promise! Because I am not actually a scrapbooker, I am going through this stash very VERY /VERY/ slowly, though. So whenever I have a friend who needs paper, I always tell them to come look through my stash first and see if they can use anything before going out and buying. Since I got it all for free, I won't miss it, but they sure appreciate it when they can get all the paper they need without having to pay for it themselves. In this vein, I actually used up a couple of packs of paper for my work a few weeks back - my boss wanted goody bags made for every employee (about 200 people), and I happily volunteered to donate the paper needed for the tags (and then proceeded to also make all of the goody bags as well). I am thinking about joining the ongoing wish swap or birthday swap this year so that I can help destash to people who will appreciate and use the stuff, as well as being able to destash for the actual gifts themselves.
3. Keep organizing! I have slowly been tackling the house area by area to try to get it organized, because that's the only way I'll stay sane with all of the stash! I am so happy with how those labeled boxes came out that I know if my whole house were just as organized I would feel much less urge to buy new stuff, mainly because I would be able to find the supplies I am looking for when I need them!
4. Keep track of projects! This one is a little new for me. In the past I always just started stuff, set it aside, and picked up a new project. Part of organizing my life for this year has been creating a new planner for myself. I included a tab for projects, and plan to use this to keep track of the UFOs I have lying around, as well as new projects I'd like to start. I hope that by having a reminder in the planner where I can see it daily will inspire me to start tackling some of those UFOs, as well as give me inspiration for future projects I can use stash for.
If you stuck with me, THANKS! If you didn't, well, I don't blame you...