Hello ladies! Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I am trying to reorganize my scrapbook "toys" in preparation for my new desk arriving Monday and have just TONS of little piles of things all over my bed! My question is: where do YOU draw the line with leftover stickers, etc. and finally pitch them or give them away? I seem to hang onto stuff WAAAAY too long and would love some input...or maybe just the reason I need to seriously purge my stock! Thanks
There are very few things I give away. I think the only stickers I managed to part with were of a little girl gymnast and a set of graduation stickers marked 2009. Everything else gets filed away into one of my storage containers for future use.
I think I might be a scrapbook hoarder. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
Find a local HOSPICE to give stuff to...they always need things to decorate with and make cards for families and for therapeutic stuff. I volunteer at my local Hospice and know they will be happy to have your unwanted items.
I purge once a year....and give some things to the Kids' hospital near us, others I sell in a local yard sale...
I only hang onto things that I LOVE and know I will use....I ask myself if I really love it, if the answer is yes, I keep it. If you find yourself thinking, I might use that for something someday....toss it!
I go through my stuff 2-3 times per year and get rid of whatever I can let go of. If I can't let go of it, I hang on to it until I can or I use it-- As far as stickers, I get rid of leftovers after I am done with the project I used them on. I keep a donation box going all the time, when it is full, I give the stuff away. I have mailed a couple of boxes to Ms.Pebbles. She has a thread on here where people can ask for 2-3 items per month and she will send it to them. I have also mailed boxes to ladies that are down on their luck or who have lost all their stuff in a fire or some other tragedy. I mainly take my left overs to the local school, though.
I know that 'non-scrapbook' people would think I have too much stuff...but you all know that there is nothing better than having choices when scrapping. I get rid of things through donations when I feel it's time...it's not very often though, lol. Love my stuff!
When I used to scrap traditionally, on stickers I would write the month and year on the back when I bought them. Anything older than three years went into a special plastic bin that I kept on top of my work space. Anything that was still sitting in the bin after a total of four years in my collection (so still in the special bin after a year) got donated to a local women's shelter, day care, or an elementary school near us. Now that I have kids a little older (6 and 10), they like to use up my leftover traditional scrap supply.
I sometimes give things away to new scrappers I meet who are in need. I do that with things I have alot of like when I buy bunches of brads or reams of card stock, or those times when I find something I didn't realize I still had because it was packed in a box! I figure since I didn't remember I had it I won't miss it if I give it away. I do like to share stuff tho so sometimes I donate stuff to the Senior Center or to a local school. I like to (try) to follow the rule that if I don't know what I am going to use something on I should give it away or sell it. Sometimes you can recoups a little $ by selling scrappy things, then go buy more
I work in a public library, and I give stuff to the children's librarian often. They love getting stuff, even if it's ugly. Wait, not ugly, but maybe completely unmatchable. Yeah, that's it,unmatchable.
Kids love stickers and just stick them for the heck of sticking. The librarian loves all the letter stickers.
Speaking of ugly, why did I acquire that stuff in the first place? Was it cheap or something? Who knows.
After I complete a few projects I like to do a re-sort of my papers, stickers, etc. When I have items that I know I will not use for my boys layouts I pass them along to a scrapping friend. When I have stickers and papers I know for sure I will not use again I bring them into my classroom. The kids just love creating with them. I like to only have things I am pretty sure I will use again in some way. Other than those I live by "when it doubt, throw it out!"