I’ve never been much of a packrat. I’ve always been a purger. If I don’t absolutely need it or have a use for it currently, I donate it, freecycle it, lend it, repurpose, recycle, compost, or trash it. I don’t keep things around that I don’t need so as not to accumulate excess stuff. I also feel strongly that if I have something I don’t need or don’t use, I should pass it on so someone else can make use of it. It’s not fair to sit on something I don’t need when someone else might use it.
But sometimes, I concede that being a packrat can come in handy. Like with sewing projects. I’ve been on a major sewing kick lately, and I haven’t bought much of anything for any of these projects, which is awesome. And I’ve made quite a lot of stuff, considering I’ve only been cutting up old stuff I have around here. But you’d think that with all the sewing I’ve been doing lately, I’d be using up more fabric, and needing less space to store my sewing materials. Or at least that the stuff I already have should now start to fit in my big box of fabric-y goodness without spilling out. The opposite is the case, however. I’m finding that the more I sew, the MORE space I need to store all those little scraps I don’t want, but know I shouldn’t trash. I can’t work that out in my head, but you can come to my house and see for yourself….I need to invest in another “creativity box” for all my extra sewing materials, and it’s making me crazy to save all this stuff I don’t really have room for and don’t know what to do with. And I’ve never ever been one to save stuff I might use sometime eventually, maybe. I’m really fighting the urge to get rid of all these little scraps, especially since I’m running low on ideas of what to do with them all. Any sewers have thoughts about this? Do you save or purge your scraps?