Anyone kondo-ing? Several posters on a sewing forum , me included, are trying to reduce fabric stashes. Maybe you’ve been spring cleaning? It’s in the air and it has me pondering the role of stuff.
There was still the tail end of rationing when I came into the world. Stuff was in short supply. Mum went food shopping with a small basket, popping from little shop to little shop. I peered up at the high shiny wooden counter as sugar was weighed out and tipped into a blue paper bag. Cheese was sliced and wrapped while you waited.
Clothes had been rationed too. Learning to make clothes was predicated on new fabric being a somewhat precious, rare thing.
The upside of this way of life are obvious. Frugality, making do, doing a lot with a little, and best of all, not being the custodian of great piles of stuff.
The downside is how limiting it is when trying to create something and can’t lay hands on what you need to carry out the Big Idea.
Now, in these relatively stuff stuffed times, how do you decide when enough is enough, what you will not buy, save or stash? The dictum to have nothing in the house you don’t love hits a snag in my sewing room. Do I love my hoard of zips, every one? No, I hate them all. It’s frustrating to have to put a project on hold for lack of a zip, but they are nasty, scratchy, awkward to insert things prone to breaking. No love there. Do I have boxes of uselessly small scraps saved precisely because I love the colour, pattern or texture? Yes. They are the stuff that dreams are made of, but the dreams are taking over.
Maybe utility should be the critical factor in allocating space? What about the Murphy’s law of clear outs? Anything you chuck as useless will be needed next week. I weeded my self drafted patterns two or three weeks ago, and of course, promptly had to redraft one for the gardening trousers. I wouldn’t care, but I’d kept it for about 12 years.
How about you, hoarder or super organised minimalist in the sewing room? How do you choose what to keep for its possibilities, and what to sling to make better use of the space?