Some things seem to scream, “keep me!” Buttons are one of these things. Most come into our lives as a sort of bonus when we purchase a new garment, often wrapped in tiny envelopes, and sometimes even with matching thread. Since they are “free,” it feels wrong to do anything other than stick them into a jar or drawer just in case.
Funny thing is, we rarely use these spare buttons. Typically this is because:
We don’t know how to sew on buttons
The buttons rarely fall off
When a button does fall off, we get rid of the whole piece rather than replace the button.
Some of us hold onto buttons for craft projects, which is fine – if we actually use them for crafts.
Most of the time, we simply accumulate buttons without thought. As clutter goes, buttons take up very little space, so they don’t seem like much of a problem. Nonetheless, whenever we hold onto too much, we make it increasingly difficult to find what we want, when we want it.
Today’s task is to let go of 29 buttons. Simply dump out your button container or gather your random buttons to a table. Conduct a quick sort to remove the ones that you are unlikely to need in the future. Good candidates for disposal include any that are broken or which match garments you no longer own. In addition, you don’t need to keep the little envelopes, which add bulk and conceal the button inside. Store the buttons you decide to keep inside a clear container with a lid, such as a jar or plastic box.
If you actively use your button supply for creative endeavors, feel free to skip this challenge. One possible use is for holding earrings when you travel.
What do you think? Do you hoard buttons?