Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Resolutions!

Friends, it's that time of year again when I think about how I want to grow in the upcoming year.  2013 is going to be the year of "Make Do or Do Without."  My sewing stash is obscene.  Truly, it's out of control.


 I have more trims, scraps, buttons, and patterns than could ever be used ... unless I focused all of my energy into not buying any for the upcoming year.  And you know what?  Just to drive that point home and to finally get on the path to eliminating my debt once and for all, I'm making some big changes.

Here are my resolutions for 2013:

1.  I may not buy any fabric until my stash has been effectively used up.  There are some exceptions to this rule, though.  I can buy (only as needed and if no substitutions are available): fusible interfacing, white cotton for underlining sheer fabric/bed sheet projects, and lining fabrics.



2.  No new patterns.  None.



3.  Notions can be bought if I have nothing in the stash that can be used as a substitute (thinking specifically of separating zippers).



4. No more piles.  Everything must be able to fit into a space in my new apartment on March 1, 2013.  (This might be the scariest of them all)


5.  Throw away something every day.  I have so much junk lying around, especially old papers and magazines, and it's time to get organized - especially if I am moving in two months.


6.  Finally, I am going on a Spending Fast.  I desperately want to be out of debt in 2014, and to make that dream a reality, 2013 is going to be a year of living minimally.

I can already tell that 2013 is going to be difficult, but if I really want to be out debt and organized by my 30th birthday, then I need to be serious about my future ... which starts now :)

Friends, are you making any resolutions for 2013?  Any that are particularly scary to you?  Let me know in the comments - we can definitely support each other through the year!

XOXO,
Meg

35 comments:

  1. Aww man, I need to jump on your resolution about getting rid of piles. I have fabric/notions/traced patterns/garbage/scraps piled up in bags all over the place, and it makes me feel nervous, unorganized, and distracted when I'm trying to sew. So frustrating! I don't know where else I can stuff everything, but you've got me determined to go through my stuff and clean it up!

    Good luck with your spending freeze and stash down! I bet you'll notice that you can pay down debt much, much faster. A little here and a little there on fabric and patterns really adds up over the course of a year, so it will be great for you to be able to put that money towards debt reduction. Happy 2013! I know you'll have a great year!

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  2. Good luck Meg! Often having boundaries like the ones you've set will lead to greater creativity since you'll have to dig deep. Am sure you will have a great year :-)

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  3. Wishing you a lot of strength to keep up and archive your goals. I know u can do it. I'm in aww of your stash

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  4. Those are some serious resolutions Meg - good luck with them, I know you can do it! I should totally ban myself from buying patterns and fabric in 2013 too, but I didn't have the guts to write it down as I don't believe I can be that good. I'll have to be though, because in 2012 I managed to pay off all my debts and it's a nice weight off the shoulders that I don't want to acquire again any time soon ;o) Looking forward to seeing what amazing things 2013 holds for you and good luck with the move!!!

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  5. Go Meg go! From what I can see, you are an incredible lady, and you can do anything you set your mind to. I may be moving in the next 6 months, and I need to throw some stuff away too. It's amazing how much "stuff" can gather over the years. Wishing you a wonderful and productive new year!

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  6. Good luck! I've been on a fabric-fast for a couple of months now. I've fallen off the wagon twice now, 1 length of fabric each time, but all is all its made a huge difference. What I found most helpful was walking into fabric stores with a specific-list, getting the stuff and leaving. No lovely browsing. No flipping through the pattern books. Although my favorite is going with someone else and helping them pick out their fabric. All the fun, but nothing comes home.

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  7. I need to make my resolution list, too! Yours are quite grand (pun intended), but I think you can do it and we're here to cheer you on! Moving is a great motivator for cleaning out the stuff you don't need, because it means less to pack and less to heave up new flights of stairs. Happy new year and best of luck to you!

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  8. Given your creativity levels I don't doubt for a minute that you can make amazing things with the stash you already have. I think the trick to achievable resolutions is having a very clear benefit to you and your goal is a great motivator. "G R A N D ... Go Meg!" (consider me a virtual cheerleader - with homemade pom poms of course!). Happy New Year :)

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  9. Wow, and here I thought I was the only one whose house looked like a bomb went off once you get outside the picture frame LOL. My husband and I are going to do look at our yearly plan this weekend. I very badly want a screened in porch and I'm willing to go on a fabric fast to make that happen faster!

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  10. I'm using the same boxes from the Container Store to hold patterns! It's been a little alarming as I started with one and every so often have had to go get another one. I have all four colors now so I guess that's a sign I should stop accumulating also.

    Good luck and happy new year!

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  11. best of luck with your resolutions Meg :) I'm trying to avoid resolutions this year - last year I planned to do the sew weekly challenges, but after the first two I couldn't keep up - a mixture of having too much other sewing work ( a good thing really!) and that i realised i couldn't keep to any of the themes/restrictions probably because so much of my other sewing work is set by other peoples requests!

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  12. WHAT THE WHAT!?! OK. You're 2013 resolutions are far more ambitious than mine. And, I can see we have a lot to talk about! HOLY COW!

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  13. Ugh, moving is horrible!!! I went through the Great Sewing Purge in 2011 and everything fits into my very small sewing space and a few Rubbermaid totes. My 2013 goals are much the same as yours. I'm so glad we can hold our virtual hands and get through this. Eep!

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely Rob!

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  14. Moving is evil. The 3rd level of hell is just a bunch of people trying to move quickly without any packing tape and too many hummel statuettes. I commend you on your resolutions- I really shopuld just copy yours!

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  15. You sound pretty strong on your goals - and that is what makes them achievable for you. Looking forward to following along during 2013 - love your stash, but it would scare me to pack it all up for a move...

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  16. Good on you lady! I like the 'throw something out every day' challenge - I started doing that a couple of times, and (for as long as I managed to keep it up, which wasn't nearly long enough!) it was a great habit to be in - makes the scarily overwhelming task of de-cluttering a lot more manageable! Best of luck with it all, and with the move. :-)

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  17. Good luck with your goals, Meg!! You can do it!! I have some similar, though more loosely phrased, ones as well. http://sownbrooklyn.com/2013/01/01/oh-hey-2013/
    I'm sure we'll all support each other through this year and those beyond!
    Happy New Year! I hope to have a chance to hang with you in person in 2013!

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  18. I love your blog and your creations and have much respect for your resolutions. I, too, am on a debt blitz so I feel your pain, but it's great to take such positive action against it! Have a great 2013! x

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  19. Meg, I found out about your fast through 'Sew Essentially Sew's blog. I'm going on a similar fast as well and I'm thrilled to see you and Graca are doing that for this year. It ill be fun to read your journeys!

    http://gentlydowntheseam.blogspot.ca/2013/01/no-more-buying-fast-in-year-of-2013.html

    Goodluck!

    Kay

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  20. I'm not sure I can fast on buying fabric! I know you can do it though!! After I get my three quilt tops done and quilted, my next plan is to address my UFOs. I have to take a break from quilting and clean on a box of stuff that's been patiently waiting for me. This will give me more room for fabric!!
    Good luck on your resolutions and I look forward to reading your blog this year and seeing all your creative ideas and creations!

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  21. really smart and really ambitious focus here, meg! i, too, need to focus a LOT more on using what i have instead of buying new...i wish you all the luck in the world.

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  22. oh wow, good luck with the resolutions!! i don't think i can fast on buying fabric, but i have resolved to sew more from what i have..... we'll see how that works out!

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  23. Those are some pretty serious resolutions! I definitely need to do some stashbusting too, though pretty much everything is on hold there at the moment for wedding dress mania. I'm also moving this year, though, and I am NOT looking forward to trying to sort through and pare down my various stashes!

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  24. Yay for getting that debt paid off once and for all! I went on a semi-fast for 2012 - I did allow myself a really small bit of "fun" money - specifically, $20 a paycheck. lol YEAH IT SUCKED, but I was willing to live as shittily as possible so I could get the debt gone and get back to living fun! And surprisingly, it really helped me learn how to budget for "wants" (if I wanted something that cost more than $20, I had to save up and not spend anything for months. Again: sucked! But worth it!) and determine what really necessitated spending my money. ANYWAY, I could talk about this all day, but I won't - email me if you want to chat or need some encouragement :) The short tale is that it was absolutely 100% worth it. Being out of debt is AWESOME. Buying stuff when you don't owe anyone money is AWESOME. And even the whole part of not spending money for what feels like forever isn't so terrible - it gets a little fun after a while, like playing a game :)

    You can do this! And you can cull that stash and that clutter down in the meantime! I'm rooting for ya, girl! :)

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  25. I need to sew from my stash too!

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  26. Happy New Year and good luck with your resolutions! I think that moving ( and knowing you have to pack all the stash, and carry it all from place to place, and other people might see how many boxes of crazy sewing stuff you have) can be a real motivator (been there, done that! )

    Last year my knitting friend decided not to buy any yarn, she set up a system where for every ball of yarn she knitted from her stash, she would put a set amount of money in a jar and she would allow herself to buy a knitting treat only when there was enough money in the jar. Perhaps you could do the same for your sewing? You could decide to put 50c or a dollar in a jar for every yard of fabric used up, for example, (you could pick whatever rules work best) and then you would have a little money for a treat later in the year when you have made good progress. Its just an idea I thought I would share as I find I stay more motivated if there is a reward in sight.

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  27. I like your resolutions and although it will be hard, I think you'll realize how much you DON'T need new stuff!

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  28. Oh man, those piles...that makes me feel better, actually, that somebody else has fabric piles taking over the apartment! I need to move in June, so I think I need to join you in the fabric/pattern-buying fasting at least for the first half of the year. Thanks for sharing so honestly about the state of your stash; that's more courage than I have!

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  29. Wow, what an incredibly brave set of challenges! I attempted to not buy for stash in 2012. I did reasonably well until the half price sale at one of my local stores in December and I fell pretty hard. Whoops. I really hope to be more restrained this year - my stash makes yours look reasonable. Really. I should photograph it and post about it some time.

    I am sure that if anyone could do it, you can! With your guts and creativity you'll do an amazing job, I'm sure of it!

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  30. Our resolutions are scarily similar...I'm not allowing any new fabric or patterns, etc. unless I get rid of something to make room, since I will be moving back into my tiny room in company housing. I also need to save the money I would otherwise be spending on fabric.
    Anyways, YOU CAN DO IT! You're SuperMeg and I have faith in you :) Are you still going to be in Chicago?

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  31. Hi, I just stumbled onto your blog through Cation Designs and just wanted to encourage you as well! I have been working on my stash for a couple of months now and you can do it! I went through mine first and sold or gave away fabric that I wasn't in love with or couldn't think of a specific project to use it for, this excludes basics that can be used multiple ways, ex. white cotton. Now I have shelves full of lovely pieces that I can't wait to get my hands on! I've made a list and am slowly working through it. Hope all goes well with you and your move!

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  32. Meg, you can do it--all of it. I did the fabric fast last year and survived (and as long as I didn't do to the fabric store, I didn't even miss it). And if you're serious, you can get out of debt. We've done it at our house. And as long as you're getting rid of stuff to make the move earlier, see what you can sell to increase the amount you can pay to your debt.

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  33. Wow, what great goals! I bet you're up to the challenge! Moving is a great incentive for working through fabric/yarn stash and destashing. Honestly when we moved I went through a lot of my yarn and sold off a bunch because I just couldn't stomach the thought of moving it all, and obviously it's much slower going working through yarn stash than fabric.

    Good luck, go go go! You can do it! And omg you are commenting on my blog the very second I'm about to hit publish. lol

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  34. Ah the piles. I'm lucky I have one big closet where I can stuff all the piles. When we were living in a tiny apartment and having to purge and reorganize to make space for our daughter on the way, I was inspired by the book Apartment Therapy-- some great ideas for managing clutter and beyond. Good luck with your resolutions! I know you can do it. Your handmade gifts were over the top amazing.

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  35. Best of luck! I, too, would like to get organized. I am merciless about getting rid of things though, but I live in a tiny apartment! Hopefully you follow some of those organization blogs. Those exist, right?

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