There comes a time in every relationship, where the decision needs to be made. Can you continue on with things the way they stand, or is it time to think about breaking up? I think I’ve reached this point. It’s time to reconsider how attached I am to my stamp sets. Should I keep them together, or should I start breaking them up?
I’ve been using this basket, since I first made this pegboard, to hold my stamps. From memory, I picked it up at Bunnings, where they tried to claim it was a spice rack, even though it is clearly a stamp basket. It works, true. And at times, it looks much neater than this, after I sort it all out and turn things the right way and put like sizes together. But in the interests of transparency, this is how it looks right now, and truth be told, how it looks 95% of the time.
Increasingly, I am finding myself reaching for the same sets over and over, to use the same one or two stamps. There are a few sets – particularly the Christmas ones – that I keep thinking I should declutter, but there are a couple of stamps in the set that I could easily use for non-Christmas projects. Except, of course, when the time comes to actually create something, be it a card or a scrapbook layout or some bible journaling or some mixed media, I forget that I wanted to use those elements and instead reach for my old faithfuls.
This past couple of weeks have been about hard core cleaning and decluttering, as we prepare to list our home for sale. I have done multiple loads to our storage shed, with more tubs than I care to admit to coming out of my craft room and into storage. I’ve probably removed a good 60% of my crafty stash from the room – a small amount I decluttered, the rest I stored. The last remaining section I keep eyeing off is my pegboard, and more specifically, the stamps.
One idea I had this week, was what if I was to break up the sets? Instead of storing them as “Sept ’15 PL Kit 3×4 set”, what if I stored them as “small textural elements”, “medium geometric”, “seasonal words”, “other words”… store them how they are used, rather then how they were sold. Is that totally crazy? It feels both weird as heck, but also totally logical. And I can see how it would help me to use the stamps I have more often, which is kind of the goal of owning these things, isn’t it?
I’d love to know your thoughts, as I continue to overthink this potential break-up. Does it make sense to split sets? Or does it make you want to rock in the corner to even consider defiling complete sets in this way?