Minimalist Yarn Stash

I’m one week into The Minimalism Game and decided to tackle the yarn stash in week one!

I think I probably could’ve done the whole month just with yarn if I counted each ball, pack and oddment individually – but I felt like that would be cheating. So on day seven I got rid of seven bags full of yarn!

Starting this process has really made think about my relationship with “stuff” and what I need versus what I want.

I said in my previous blog about Minimalism that I’ve started to feel overwhelmed by “stuff”. I feel surrounded by things that make me think “I need to do things/I should’ve done that/I don’t know what to do with this” and it makes me feel guilty and stressed.

I’m trying to focus on the long term benefits of playing the minimalism game,ย but the process is really challenging… and it’s going to get harder!

Looking through things and wondering why I’ve held onto them makes me feel guilty because someone else could’ve been using them. Getting rid of things that I want to keep (i.e. yarn) is difficult! But once it’s out the door the hard part is done and you start to feel a little less weighed down.

So to help myself stay focussed, I made a little chart! I found a few of these on Pinterest for clearing out your wardrobe…but of course yarn requires different criteria.

This little chart helped me to be more ruthless and more honest/realistic about what I need and want in my stash.

I still have significantly more yarn than I need, but seven bags full was all I could bear to part with right now. I’m sure I will come back to it at some point before I finish the 30 day challenge to really question myself about what I decided to keep.

If you have any tips on how to be ruthless throughout this process – they would be most welcome!

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