Username Post: Where do you draw the line?        (Topic#1584307)
CoysGran
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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


 
HappyCat
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In response to CoysGran

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.


 
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Luckily I have one friend who scrapbooks so ocassionaly i'll make up a kit of stuff that I know she can use. But it's very rare.

I have a hard time using stuff if I can't see them.

I keep thinking i'll use the stuff and very rarely get rid of anything and I keep getting more stuff and getting more storage to hold it all. lol

Goodluck to you and welcome to the site!


 
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  • charK on 01-19-13 10:35 AM
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PURGE it woman!! I left paper scrapping for digital and gave all my stuff to my grandgirls catholic school. I also sold alot of stuff at a local crop event.

If you keep everything it will just sit there reminding you of it's evil presence! LOL


 
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  • charK on 01-19-13 10:37 AM
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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.


 
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I purge whenever I spend too much time watching Hoarders. Anything that I decide to part with goes to my daughter's former elementary school art teacher to use with her students.


 
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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!

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  • KimKV on 01-19-13 02:05 PM
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Oh yes the age old scrapper question...what and when to get rid of stuff.

About every 6 months I say, time to get rid of some stuff. It never fails to amaze me that some of the stuff I kept the last time I get rid of the next time.

I know we all aren't a lot of help, but isn't nice to know you're not alone.


 
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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.


 
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In response to terrihooper

Sometimes I challenge myself to make a certain number of layout using primarily old stuff before I allow myself to buy anything new. Just pick a number and try it!


 
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Never purge, sooner or later a Grandkid will want to create something or I will use it. Been scrapping for so long I have a small store in my craft room but I love it all.


 
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In response to CoysGran

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!


 
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I haven't purged, but honestly, I don't think I have much I won't use. If I find I do, I will give it to my mother-in-law.


 
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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.


 
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  • timon on 01-19-13 09:16 PM
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purge? what is that word? does not compute! lol!

Hubby made me a scraproom with lots of storage - never have to purge! it is all hidden in drawers or on shelves. plus, one day my kids will scrap with me.


 
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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


 
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My cousins have plenty of kids and I have boxed up and sent several of them some older supplies or stuff I know I won't use.

The LSS has a garage sale twice a year and I have thought about getting rid of old stuff that way, but so far have never been organized enough to do that.


 
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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.


 
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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!"


 
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Yikes! I shouldn't answer....I'm definitely a hoarder! I might use/need it one day. I have a hard time throwing away a scrap that I could use a 1/2" circle punch for an accent someday!


 
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  • FYDawn Said:
Yikes! I shouldn't answer....I'm definitely a hoarder! I might use/need it one day. I have a hard time throwing away a scrap that I could use a 1/2" circle punch for an accent someday!



Ditto. I have years and years of scrapping to catch up on and with two boys/two girls, lots of traveling, etc. I just know I can use everything that I have...even that really ugly stuff :>) Sometimes I actually surprise myself and I do use the "ugly stuff" and I end out liking it...in small doses.

I figure if I liked something enough to buy it, I'll find a way to use it in a LO or card.

Of course I never have exactly what I need, so that means I have to place more orders or make a trip to a craft store to buy more.

One of my daughters scraps with me most every Thurs. night, so once in a while I share with her...but she shares with me, so it really doesn't whittle down the stash. ~Judy


 
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  • terrihooper Said:
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 have also done this several times,, If I get too much stuff I know I wont use,,I find someone here to give it to or I send it to Ms. Pebbles for her Free Cycle.


 
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I agree with a lot of what you are all saying - if you need to purge it and don't have kids around to make use of it - donating it is a great thing to do. We get so much joy out of creating - spread the love!


 
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I have so many things as a gift during a workshop or from friends that I do not use. I have a friend who recently picked up the hobby and I give lots of stuff to him. If I think I might use it for something I will hang on to it, but I have many things that do not relate to anything I would ever scrap. Just before Christmas I opened my sticker cabinet and lots of things fell out. Lots of them went to a good new home!


 
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  • Kels on 01-21-13 04:15 PM
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  • scrapmomof4 Said:
Sometimes I challenge myself to make a certain number of layout using primarily old stuff before I allow myself to buy anything new. Just pick a number and try it!



I have a system like Sandy's

I keep all paper scraps in a 2 gallon plastic baggie and opened embellies (leftovers of all kinds) in a drawer (about the size that you might store your silverware in)... EVERY QUARTER, or 3 months, I force myself to try to make 10 layouts from fresh cardstock as my 12x12 base, the "scraps" bag and the "embellies" drawer. I find this challenges me to not only get 10 pages of scrapping DONE, but to use the bits i LOVE MOST. Then, once my 10 layouts are complete - I TOSS EVERYTHING in the drawer/baggie (recycle, donate, etc.)... and start over...

It's very liberating and satisfying at the same time
HTH!


 
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Great idea kels!


 
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That IS an awesome idea! I'll have to try that.


 
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  • charK Said:
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.



Thanks for the great idea... I've cleaned out my stash end of last year, and was going to donate some papers to the Children's Hospital and to my kids' kindergarten art teacher. The Hospice is another place I can donate to...

It also reminds me I can make some cards for the patients there too.


 
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  • moxiegirl23 Said:
I purge whenever I spend too much time watching Hoarders. Anything that I decide to part with goes to my daughter's former elementary school art teacher to use with her students.



Same here! LOL

I tend to purge when things won't fit anymore. I don't like things sitting out, so I keep as much as possible in the closet of my scrapbook room. When it starts to spill out, I know it's time to go through things. Also, sometimes I will be looking through my supplies and see something and realize, "I've had this since 2003 and I've never used it!" That's my other sign. I used to be really bad with the "but I might need it someday" excuse and I'm trying to break myself of it. If I haven't used it in the last 3 years or so, I'm probably not going to.

I addition to donating to schools,etc., which is a great idea, some LSS have garage sales where you can get store credit for what sells.



 
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I'm going to start going through stuff I don't want and putting it aside for the granddaughter when she is big enough to scrap with me. What she doens't want will go to breast cancer reasearch for their garage sale and fundraiser.


 
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I purge about twice a year. I use somethings in my classroom, stickers and paper, and give away a ton of stuff. I haven't ever given anything away that I wish I still had. I like to buy, so I make sure to leave space for the new stuff. I make sure that after each day of scrapping I put leftovers in a bag. If I have enough to do a complete additional layout, I keep it, if not it goes to school. All of my scraps get cut immediately into 4 x 6; or 4.5 6.5; or 1.5 x 12 pieces. The rest goes into the trash. I hate clutter. I really don't create well with it around so it is gone.


 
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I am not at that level yet. SInce my budget has gone to almost zero..I am using what I have before I can buy anything else. I just try to buy adhesive and glue...and things for the swaps that I am involved in...but that is all..that is my line!


 
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I purge a couple of times a year. Mostly because I have realized that I instinctively know what I like and I always reach for the same type of stuff. So when I look at something and I don't love it I don't keep it. To be honest, most of the times that I purge I toss whatever it is in the trash immediately. If I don't do it that way it will end up sitting in the "donation" pile for a long time.


 
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