I was flipping through Oprah's magazine--the one featuring clutter reduction--and came across a woman who buys cosmetics because "they're pretty." She has spent well over $30,000 on hair and make-up supplies. She vowed to get rid of 25% of her things, but only gave away 5%.
Anyone who's seen me at camp, or for more than seven days running, knows that makeup purchases are no vice of mine. However, I recently retrieved my cross-stitch database off our oldest computer and have been adding my new purchases--the stuff that was piled on the filing cabinet in this photo. (Oh, by the time I took the photo, I had shoved it into a basket. I had to; the big pile kept sliding off.) My project list has topped out at 413--that does include stuff I've stitched. I just never get rid of anything.
Fortunately, when I multiply 413 by $8 (an average chart price), I only hit $3304, which seems completely reasonable--especially when you compare me to the makeup hoarder. I have been collecting these things for twenty years, after all. ($165 per year. A lot, perhaps too much, but well within my means. She had to have her husband bail her out of $15K of credit card debt.)
If I were on Clean Sweep or Mission: Organization or one of those shows, they'd probably "let" me keep 25% of those projects. I'm considering getting rid of 25%. Unlike so many of you, though, I am hard on my charts. I travel with them. I write on them. They're still perfectly usable, but I'm not sure anyone would pay for them. And I don't want to trade because the last thing I need is something in return! I'll think about this more and let you know what I decide. (Suggestions welcome.)
In other organizing news, I found the perfect baskets to hold my in-progress stitching, my kits, and my finishing pile. They're from Target's new re/Organize store brand. I unsuccessfully tried to find a photo online, but you'll be able to see them soon. I only have two more weeks* to get things in shape before my niece comes over.
*She's not coming for three weeks but we are taking spring break in Tampa.