Last year we moved out of our house. We sold the house and put all our belongings in storage. We had lived in this house for 13 years and accumulated a LOT of stuff. No big deal. We can weed out the stuff we don't really need and have a yard sale. So before packing a single box we went through the house and gathered all the stuff we didn't need and had a yard sale. We got rid of a lot of stuff! It was great.
Then we gathered some more stuff and had another yard sale. We got rid of a bunch more stuff. It was good.
Then we started packing. While packing we found that we still had stuff we didn't need so we had yet another yard sale. After each sale we gave all our leftovers to the Goodwill. They loved us! :)
With each yard sale I got rid of my yarn stash, paper stash, and material stash. I still saved stuff but I got rid of a LOT of stuff. Everything else went in storage.
This past April we came back into town and went through our stuff one more time. We had the MOTHER of all yard sales and got rid of HALF of all our belongings, including ALL of my yarn stash (save a few hand dyed items), ALL of my paper stash (save for a few boxes), and ALL of my material. We didn't want to move it 1000 miles away. It is really far and the less we had to move the less money it would take. I was saving money.
Now plans changed and we actually moved back to our hometown and are in a new house. The reality has hit me that I no longer have my awesome yarn stash, my awesome paper stash and my awesome fabric stash. I want to make curtains but can't because I have no material for that. I want to scrap a bit but am missing paper that I got rid of. I want to make some placemats but have no yarn to crochet them. Oh and did I mention that there are only 20 weeks until Christmas??? I have no stash from which to make presents yet.
I have learned my lesson. I will no longer listen to my husband when he says I have too much stuff and need to get rid of it. I will no longer listen when he tells me that "we can just buy new later".