Like probably most of you, I have many fabrics, and yarns, and beads and ribbons and pieces of paper ... bits and pieces of all that I can never part with, because 'you never know' or, because it is simply a shame to throw them away. After a long Holiday season and two craft sales, my fabric shelf collapsed and I had no choice but to clean up ... and clean out. When we do these massive clean ups at our office, we donate everything to Material for the Arts, which makes parting with supplies so much easier. Since I don't live in the City, I called my local Art School and they were excited to get fabric donations for their kids craft classes. There were still many fabric bits I couldn't part with. Since those tend to get lost within piles of larger pieces, I folded them separately and put them into clear shoe boxes, (organized by color, of course)
Then I stood them up, so I can still see what I have and get inspired.
I'm so happy with my cleaned up / cleaned out shelf, especially knowing that I am inspiring a bunch of crafty kids at an art school with my donations. Excited to keep organizing, I looked into what to do with my yarns and found out that a nearby Women's Prison takes donations for yarn which the prisoners knit into hats and mittens for the homeless, as part of the organization projectlinus (another great organization like that is Warm Up America ). I will do that for sure ... helps me with my mess, the women to feel good about what they're doing, and the homeless to stay warm.
Now that I'm aware of all these amazing programs, I know I won't wait another 20 years to let go of fabrics I haven't touched ... makes for happy people all around (and a much cleaner office space)