Saturday, September 29, 2012

I think I have a Supply Hoarding Problem!!

Uuumm I knew the stash was bad, but I didn't know how bad.....

My husband and I are getting ready for a significant move. I've been diligently sorting through things around the house here and there, and getting rid of things I know we haven't used for a while. Most of it has been pretty easy, if It's been more than a year since I wore or used something, it needs to go. No questions asked I've been able to stick it in the yard sale pile.

I have honestly been dreading going through all of my Art, craft and beading supplies.It's very hard to let go of a very useful item that could potentially become something else with a little bit of creativity. My Studio / craft space is the one place in the house where I will shove things in the closet that "might be of some use someday". So it's a big job.

To Make matters worse, I have a huge storage cabinet / table that makes it seem like I really don't have that much. A few years ago, my husband bought me a crafting cabinet by Scrapbox. I happened to come across a really great sale on overstock, and he gave in after catching me looking at it online for the 10th or so time.
It's very deceiving how much stuff is in it. I'm guessing it's going to take a week to sort through and decide what to keep and what needs to go.

I've started with the seed beads. The doors of the cabinet have velcro walls, I thought it would be a great idea to have all of my beads in one place on one of the walls I can velcro it off the wall, roll it up for moving, and be completely organized when we got to our destination.   Little did I know how many seed bead tubes it would take, and how many different colors and sizes that I had!!!

I must admit, I did just buy a large stash of beads from a bead store that was going out of business, so my bead collection did recently grow! But I now know it's really easy to bring home a few little bags of beads in your bead bag and not realize how much they add up over time!!  

Here's what i've come up with so far to store my stash:

So far i'm at 230 Tubes, some are duplicates of colors, but 230 tubes and i'm only 1/2 way done!!! What I thought was going to fit on one door of the cabinet, is really going be put on both doors. It's Back to the sewing machine.

I just ordered Another 100 empty storage tubes to convert the beads from their little bags and other packaging.

What was I thinking!! I had no idea I was such a hoarder!  I know how it happens though, with a great pattern in hand or a project complete, I feel the need to make everything in 12 different colors!! Or The bead shop just got some brand new color in that I've never seen before so I have to have it!

It's a little embarrassing, but I bet everyone has something that they do this with!!  I can't be the only one. Oh well,  Now at least I know what I have on hand and can use it up!! 


  1. We must be twins! Your history sounds very much like mine, doing every craft imaginable. Sadly, I do not yet have a Scrapbox, but someday. Just wanted to let you know I love the way you have stored your beads. Ingenious!

  2. Awesome what you did with your scrap box. I'm a beader too (like you, that's not the only craft I take part in) and I would LOVE to have one of those. I don't have nearly the money, nor the space to have something like that. Nonetheless, what you have done has given me great ideas of things I can do with what I have. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have the same Workbox and it's groaning with paper, stamps, ribbon, buttons, etc, etc, etc. I feel your pain! We move every 2-3 years and there are boxes to the CEILING with just the contents of my Stamping Studio! Good luck!

    1. Jeannie, Please tell me that the cabinet moved well! I'm so nervous for the movers to take it! I'm just starting to take things out and repack for our move. I was just sitting here this morning, thinking about how expensive it would be to purchase plastic boxes for all of the supplies in my cabinet! I'm hoping that what I have on hand already is going to make it. Packing the thing myself is the only way to go. I've got a little bit of everything in it, scrapbooking, floral design, beading etc. I can just see the movers putting it all into one big box and my having to untangle it when we get to our destination.

  4. I actually found my scrapbox on believe it or not. It was alot cheaper than what they sell them for currently. I suggest checking there every now and then if you're looking for one. I honestly do not know how I managed before getting one!!!