Wow, I did not expect to spark so many reactions with my first post about the topic “Minimalism“. Especially your many comments on Instagram showed me that many are dealing with this topic right now. Maybe it’s the new year’s resolutions or a general feeling of being crushed by too much stuff? I would be happy, if you want to join me in my challenge. You can share your experiences/posts with us in the comments or use the hashtag #minimalismchallenge2019. With this challenge I’m trying to outwit myself. After all, it has already been my goal for 2018 to get rid of all the things that I had decluttered. But not much had happened. I sold some clothing and books online but that was about it. My goal was just too vague and so I could delay and delay and delay it. Therefeore, this doesn’t happen again to me this year, I have defined for each month a category that I want to sort, organize and get rid of. Below you can see which category will be dealt with each month:
The monthly categories are of course very specific to my needs. My weaknesses are quite obvious as fabrics and clothing are listed twice for a reason 😉 This might look very different for you? Already in January I’m trying to conquer one of my more critical categories with fabrics. As the quantities are quite large in this category, I will concentrate on fabrics for spring/summer. I have planned the following for the month:
- Sorting – This month I will throw a critical look on all of my fabrics and thoroughly declutter. The fabrics with sewing projects in mind can of course stay. I’m also keeping standard fabrics that are always useful in my stash. In addition, I’m keeping a few fabrics for muslins. Anything that doesn’t fit my style anymore and will not be sewn any time soon has to go. Sorting through my fabrics will also help me with my sewing list resp. capsule wardrobe for spring/summer.
- Catalogizing – Maybe you have already seen my digital Fabric Stash. I have to admit that it is not completely up-to-date anymore. Nevertheless, I use it quite often to figure out which fabric to use for which sewing project. Therefore, I can use it more again and don’t forget any fabrics, the missing fabrics need to be scanned, measured and added to the digital stash. If I did this after every purchase, it wouldn’t be such a mammoth task 😉 I will try to do better!
- Organizing – Another mammoth task! I used to keep my fabrics rolled on cardboard. This has been really practical as I could remove fabrics from the stash without everything falling apart. The size of my shelf is now more narrow, which means that I need to roll all fabrics on smaller cardboard.
- Disposing – After sorting I would like to get rid of the decluttered stuff asap. However, discarding is just not an option for me. That’s why I will try to sell as much of my fabric as possible. I’m thinking about using ebay for this. Do you have any experience whether this works well for selling fabrics? Some are also using destash Instagram accounts but that’s seems to be quite a lot of work for me. What do you do with fabrics that you don’t want anymore? Additionally, I will keep some fabrics for exchange tables at blogger meet-ups.
It didn’t seem like I was buying a lot of fabrics last year. My documentation however revealed that I had added 22 m to my stash! To keep my fabric stash under control, I have made the resolution to buy one new fabric for every 2 fabrics sewn up. This will be quite complicated for me as fabric shopping has quite the social aspect besides the purchase. The advantage of living in Berlin is that many blogger from all over Germany come by for a visit. Of course, for every sewing nerd this is not possible without a visit of the infamous Maybachufer fabric market. That’s why the market has become a general meeting point. Even though nobody is pressuring me to buy anything, as with any diet it is best to completely withstand the temptation. Well, I have to get quickly back to my sewing machine so I can actually buy something at my next meet-up at the market in about 1.5 weeks 😉