Did you know that organizational products are expected to net a profit of $12.7 billion by 2023? That's an amazing amount of money to hide one's stuff. My fear is that "out of sight, out of mind" means I forget what I have and buy more stuff (this could be a vicious cycle). Of course actually having things like fabric in full view doesn't seem to help either. I just stop noticing it for the most part.
Case in Point: These cabinets:
About two months ago, I decided to make quilts for the kids in the family. I wanted to use up novelty 4 patches that I had made a while ago. I'm happy to report I used up quite a few and got 9 quilt tops out of my efforts! Here's the first one back from the quilter:
Whatever juvenile fabric I have left I've been cutting up to make some more of these quilts. The strips around the squares meant making more 2.5 inch strips--I had used up a bunch of them over the summer. So I hit the fat quarter storage units...and I laugh at myself everyday right now.
Some folks might be saying, "why did you buy so many fat quarters?" I didn't. About 60% or more of this fabric was given to me. Friends who have family members who have passed (or friends of friends) sent boxes of fabric to me through the years. I kept all the fabric that their mother or grandmother had held onto and it became part of my stash. I'm (finally) determined to use up what I can with this latest project.
But some things hit me and even become sweet when I look at other women's scraps. Many of these pieces still show the outlines of smocks or housedresses that the women originally made: