In our newsletter last week, we ran a survey asking you to share what you felt was the biggest impediment to destashing fabric. We received a LOT of responses and will be sharing what you had to say in tomorrow’s newsletter. We’ll also be using your responses to create products that will help you to have more successful destashes!
As a dedicated declutter coach for quilters and destashing’s #1 fan, I understand the unique challenge that comes with bidding farewell to fabric. The emotional connection and invested time, money, and effort make the process daunting. When guiding quilters through the process of reclaiming their creative spaces, we ultimately always talk about the difficulty of letting go.
Yes, You Did Pay Good Money for It, But. . .
But instead of focusing on what is being given up (yes, you did pay good money for it but you also no longer want it), I prefer to focus on what is being gained. Holding onto fabric, much like any unused possession, carries consequences that extend beyond physical space. Clutter infiltrates our homes, fostering mental chaos, stress, anxiety, and overwhelm.
Letting go, allows for a more organized space leading to peace of mind, reduced stress, more time and energy for activities that bring joy. The pivotal question becomes, “Is the fabric more valuable than the space it occupies?”
Attitude Shift: Gratitude and Abundance
One helpful technique is to approach decluttering with a mindset of gratitude and abundance. Instead of feeling like you’re giving up something, try to think about the opportunities that will arise when you let go of excess fabric. For example, you might be able to donate it to a charity, sell it for some extra cash, or have space in your sewing room to create something new and beautiful.
Strategic Release: Have a Plan
It can also be helpful to have a plan in place for how to dispose of the fabric you’re letting go of. This can help alleviate the fear that you’re being wasteful or making a mistake. For example, you might set aside a specific amount of fabric to donate, destash, or give to a friend who will appreciate it.
Liberation License: Give Yourself Permission
Finally, it’s important to give yourself permission to let go of things that no longer serve you. Remember that your possessions don’t define who you are, and it’s okay to change your mind about what you want or need in your life. By embracing a mindset of growth and abundance, you can overcome the fear of letting go and create a more joyful and fulfilling life.
Patience in Progress: Be Kind to Yourself and the Process
Remember, letting go of fabric — or any other possessions — can be a process, and it’s okay to take it one step at a time. Be patient with yourself and celebrate your progress along the way!