Well-Stocked vs. Hoarding: When to Draw the Line

January 4th, 2012 § 6 comments

Creative Options Bead Organizer

Every project needs supplies. No one can deny a swatch of fabric, a vial of beads, or new paints can inspire more ideas. I love going shopping for supplies! Who doesn’t? I get giddy when I see my fabric stash, art supplies, bead stores, and felt packs are running low.

For the shopaholics in us, this is the perfect excuse to go mad. It’s a dangerous habit. Instead of supplies, you are buying possibilities and it’s a heady, addictive experience. This is how hoarding starts.Β Let’s face it- unless you live in a giant mansion or a castle, you won’t have the space to store everything you continue to buy or have the funds to do so.

In the past, I had the mentality of a hoarder. I see the endless possibilities in so many things. I would remnant dive every time I visited the fabric store. I always went on the hunt at the antique market for interesting finds. I got off on the high of “overstocking”. I can never start or even begin to think about a project unless I have all the items I needed. Needless to say, there were many projects I never started because I rationalized to myself that I didn’t have everything I needed to start. I got to a point when I realized I wasn’t really shopping for supplies anymore. I was just shopping for the sake of shopping. It wasn’t about creating anymore.

If you haven’t crossed the line yet, here are two tips to help curb the hoarding and be “well-stocked” :

  • Choose a limit: This means you choose how much of a type of supply you will acquire. This can easily be determined using the criteria of space. For instance, I have limited my fabric hoard to a pantry and two large rubber tubs. My beads are limited to a plastic shoe box, a small container, and the organizer I posted above. My embroidery floss is in a large special organizer. My embroidery floss balls are in two-three clear plastic containers. My felt stores are limited to one rolling cabinet. This is the physical and mental barrier I’ve placed on myself. I won’t get anything until my stock runs low. I have more than plenty to start and supply any project adequately. If I’m missing a particular color, I can pick it up at the store. Setting a spatial limit is the key to stop needlessly acquiring.
  • Destash and appraise your current stock: Look at every item and realistically ask yourself if you truly need it. Are you really going to make that project with those plastic handles and forks? How are you going to do it? When do you plan on getting it done? Is this just a wistful possibility with no plan of follow through? Free time is precious and you will need to prioritize. These are tough questions for a consummate hoarder because throwing out an object represents an idea or unfulfilled project. Supply items are items. They only begin to have meaning once something is created from them. It represents potential. Potential is just potential when nothing is done. However, when something is accomplished, potential truly reaches its namesake.

Ideally, you want to be in between “Honey, I gotta go to the store to pick up supplies because I have none.” and “OMG! I can’t find anything in my craft room because it looks like the craft fairy exploded.” The urge to use everything and let nothing go to waste is strong. It’s a great principle to apply to what you currently have not what you want to get. You’ll need to ask yourself tough questions. Remember, the less you have the easier it will be to organize.

Are you a hoarder or are you well-stocked?

— Rosey

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  • Melissa says:

    I’d say I’m somewhere in between.

    Well-stocked on things like beads and notions, I have enough variety that I can usually find what I need, but they each only fill one small container.

    Fabrics on the other hand are a little bit more hoard-y…. :/

    I have one big box right now with just the supplies for my current project and it’s pretty much over flowing….
    Then I have another same-sized box with random knit fabric and another of cotton/satins/etc. The top doesn’t quite fit on either of them but I still bought a couple more (most were for my current project since Ontario apparently has no need for sweatshirts? :/) but I did pick up a quarter metre of two others just because.

    You’re definitely right about the ‘potential’ bit… and I’m much the same as you in that if I don’t have EVERYTHING I need to start something, I never do. I’m still missing 3 fabrics and some hardware for this project, but I have more than enough stuff to just get started, and still I keep putting it off. :/

    I’m really glad you’ve found a system that works well for you. πŸ™‚ And that kittle bead organizer is great. Nice and travel-sized!

    • rosey says:

      I think you should just start on that project. I know it’s mentally annoying but when you get into it, it’ll get easier. I’m the same way right now about my embroidery. I get bogged down by the appliqueing process, It’s my least favourite part. I adore working on the beading and details.

      As for fabrics, I try and avoid fabric stores unless I really need something. XD It’s the only way to control it. Hahha.

  • Faebyl says:

    I would say both, I have soooo many paints and art supplies in sooo many mediums, but I’d have to thank my family for that one, it wasn’t me who bought them so I have more then I need, I’ve learned to just buy what I need when running low but I have that exact feeling of not wanting to start something until I have absolutely everything I need! I hate feeling that way and last year I just started making things regardless if I have everything or not, just to get out of that frame of mind…it’s hard but I’m slowly getting there. I’m hoping it sticks haha.

    • rosey says:

      It’s such a hard mental block to get over but once you’re over that hurdle, things get done. I hope it sticks too because I love seeing your artwork. πŸ˜€

  • What a great post. Yes the line between being well stocked and hoarderville is a fine one! I am a sentimental hoarder lol. All of my sewing things belonged to my mum, she passed eight years ago. For a while it all sat in tubs packed away, then bit by bit I’ve gone through it and got rid of a few things but it’s hard. Now I have it in the doll room cupboard, fabric, beads and threads (she was a huge cross stitcher). Some of it I’ll never use but I can’t bare to part with it, it was her ya know. Now my craft stuff, as in paper and stamps that’s all mine. I get carried away and buy things I like rather than what I really need for a project lol. My name is Sam and I’m a hoarder lol.

    • rosey says:

      I think sentimental hoarding is the easiest to justify and the hardest to rationalize. I have some things too that I’m keeping because it was from my grandma.

      As for your stuff, Sam. I love your Rement hoard. It adds that special something to your pictures and I think it’s great you use your collection so well! Yes, I’m totally envious. πŸ™‚

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