My mother (or maybe I heard it somewhere else? But it was repeated often enough that it was probably my mother) used to always admonish us:
Quality, not quantity.
I have way too much quantity.
It has created a severe lack of quality.
If you could see my studio/office now (which you can’t, thank goodness, or I’d be mortified); you would see very, very plainly what my problem is. Well, one of them. And this is would be a tendency to hoard things. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say amass them. Because a mass is exactly what is sitting on the worktable/iron/floor/desk/spare chair at the moment.
How did I ever accumulate so much stuff?
I can’t really say that it’s junk, because most of it, truthfully, is not. But I have approximately 142 pounds of yarn that I could not possibly knit/crochet up in my lifetime if I stitched night and day. I have paints and scrapbooking things and stationery. I have books, patterns, and bags of things from my MIL that have random other craft projects in them which she thought I might like to explore. I am fairly sure there is a quilting frame in here somewhere. There are bolts of fabric and yards of ribbon, tape and trim. There’s a box full of wrapping paper, and a storage container full of bows. I could probably wrap all of the birthday/christmas presents for my entire neighborhood for a year and still have wrap and trim left over. And don’t go away thinking I wasted all my own money on this stuff. Most of it (yarn excluded, though I did inherit quite a bit of that, too) was either given to me or I saved it somewhere along the line. I think the term we’ve been looking for here is “Pack Rat”.
So now I am forced to face my nightmarish collection, and make some tough decisions. Do I keep it all? If so, how do I store it so it is useful? Do I get rid of it, and live with the guilt that comes (for me) from throwing/giving away perfectly good stuff? Because in addition to that whole quality/quantity thing, there’s also the other mantra:
Waste not, want not.
Who comes up with these ridiculous catchy phrases, anyway??