Friday, December 30, 2016

My Stash Diet

It is sad, but true that I need to go on a stash diet.
This is my closet where some of my stash lives. I may post more photos of my mess later, but this will show some of my problem.
Since it is my diet, I am making my own rules.
1. I get $25 per month to spend. I can spend the year ahead of time, but that will give me a negative total. (Don't like that idea!)
2. I will give myself $6 to $20 for Mill Hill bead kits that are completed. I have quite a collection and need to make a dent in them.
3. If anything is given away, I get an extra $5. It is out of my house so I deserve a bonus!
4. Doesn't matter when I started the piece, only when I finish it. It needs to be stitched, not framed or finished to count. The only exception is my HAED-Reptiles. I paid by the page for it.
This is from Epic Stitching who used to host a Stitch from Stash Group.
40 x40 stitches or less - $2  
40 x 40 stitches to 60 x 60 stitches - $4
60 x 60 stitches to 80 x 80 stitches - $6
80 x 80 stitches to 100 x 100 stitches - $8
100 x 100 stitches to 120 x 120 stitches - $12
120 x 120 stitches to 140 x 140 stitches - $14
140 x 140 stitches to 160 x 160 stitches - $16
160 x 160 stitches to 200 x 200 stitches - $18
5. My needlepoint counts. I will measure the piece and pay myself by the square inch.
6. Any monetary gifts I receive can be added to my spending money. I am starting with the money my mom and dad and my MIL gave me. Hey! They said I could spend it how I want!
7. I also do paper crafts so I will give myself $1 for every art journal page or scrap booking page I do.
I have a separate blog for it, but will keep my totals here. (I have a stash of paper supplies too.)I will have to subtract art supplies from my total too. :(
Last but not least....
I get $1 for every pound I lose a month or if my weight stays stable.  I found out in this past July that I am pre-diabetic. I have lost 20 pounds but need to lose 20 more. I have several friends who have lost 50+ pounds but have gained some or all of it back. I can't do that. I know how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off and I feel like I need a carrot to keep at it. $1 won't break me and it will motivate me.   I may add $1 for every aerobic mile I do too. Again, it won't break me and it will motivate me.

I am a visual person and I like seeing the amount I have. I need to search for a container to put my money in although I will use slips of paper rather than the real deal. Maybe I need to find some fake money at the store....

When to post? The 30th (or last day of the month), since that is the day I am writing this? Or the 1st as that is the day of new beginnings? I am thinking the 1st.......

Remember:MY DIET, MY RULES! The above is subject to change as needed.


Linda said...

I love your plans for next year Beth. I don't think I could do that though.


Bea said...

Sounds like a good plan. Do you have an old Monopoly game you could rob? Or find one at a thrift store?

Von said...

Good plan in place! Wishing you all the best in the execution. :D

Teresa S. said...

I love this post! :)
Good luck on your stash diet!