Saturday, June 7, 2014

Decluttering your Papercrafting Supplies - Day Two

Today we're going to tackle a difficult supply, stamps.  I know SOOOOO many crafters who are attached at the hip to their stamps.  They are sure that if they have their stamps organized just the right way, that they should be able to have as many stamp sets as they want.  But the truth is, even if you are super organized, you have stamps that you WILL NEVER EVER USE.  So tell me, what is the worth of an unused stamp?

I can tell you it's not worth the space it takes up.  It's not worth missing out on the pleasure it could give to someone else who will actually USE IT.  It's not worth the guilt you feel when you buy another stamp set and know that you already truly do have too many.  It's not worth the niggling feeling you have when you see it and know that you still, after all of these years, haven't even taken it out of the package.  Do you see the emotional negativity that can be attached to that unused stamp?

And I know what you're saying in your head....but Barbra, "I am going to use it someday."  Well, someday hasn't come for a very long time, has it?  Do you really want to hold onto it in hopes that one day, you may end up using it once?  Was it truly worth the price for all of that baggage?  I don't think so.

Since I know this is really hard for you, we'll take this in steps.  Remember, you are only going to work on this for 15 minutes. So for today:

1.  Go through as many stamps as you can in 15 minutes and pull out every one that you absolutely KNOW you are okay getting rid of and set it in a box.  As soon as you finish close up the box, tape it with very strong packing tape and mark it Goodwill.  DO NOT leave it in the house.  Take it to your car and if you can drive to Goodwill right now, do it, if not, make a plan to go ASAP.  You are NOT ALLOWED to open that box up again.  Be STRONG and I'll see you tomorrow for step 2.


  1. This is a hard one to do! What if you have a stamp set (unused) that goes with a paper packet that you have not yet been able to use? Keep the set? Hurry Use it? Toss both?