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Posted: 3/4/2013 7:47:22 AM
When purging, how do you determine what to keep and what to let go of?

Is it a time limit (items that are so many years old)?

Is it a trend thing (items that no one is using anymore)?

Is it to make room for new things?

I find myself purging about every other month. Most often it's to make room for new things. I'm getting better about using things, but I still find the need to purge quite often. And while it's not like I'm getting rid of mounds and mounds of things, I still come across items that I have too many of, don't use any more, etc.

What about you?


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Posted: 3/4/2013 7:59:34 AM
I think I've found my scrap style. So anything that doesn't really fit that style or I can't see myself using in the next year or so, goes. For me that means getting rid of a lot of duplicate PPs. I used to do two page LOs as a matter of course, but now, those are rare.

I also went on a bit of a bing and "stocked up" on "good deals" No one needs 25 sheets of the same paper. So I've been paring it back quite a bit in that area as well.

Then there are things that I've "upgraded" meaning the old stuff can go. Old stickers, cheap embellishments, cheap glitters, old no-name prone to fade inks, cheap stamps, etc. I'm pretty particular now about what I use in my albums and cards.

I purge constantly. When I run out of room, something needs to go before something new can come in.





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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:00:47 AM
I try not to purge ...as soon as I throw/give something away, I see a project that makes me want it back! Lol, JK (sort of). I purge it if it looks really dated and I absolutely can not think of any way I will ever use it, and I can not remember why I bought it. Otherwise-I just find more storage...I have an easier time purging other household goods. I have found that making up kits from my stash is a great way to use both old and new, so at least I try to use it!


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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:04:12 AM
Well, I don't really have anything to purge. When we moved, I got rid of really old things, that I never liked to begin with that came in kits. I know my style pretty well now, so it's probably not in my stash if I don't love it anyway.

I don't get rid of anything to make room for new things, because I love what I have.

Especially never get rid of things because they are old...there are SO many new things & trends out on the market right now, that I have in my stash already because they were out years ago.




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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:16:12 AM

Especially never get rid of things because they are old...there are SO many new things & trends out on the market right now, that I have in my stash already because they were out years ago.


I think I had really bad taste before. I may or may not still have photorealistic chipboard slide frames in my stash in mass quantities.

I never really had to purge before. I kept moving to larger spaces and just adding storage. It's easier to do that than to go through things and purge. So I have some REALLLLLLLY old and REALLLLLY dated crap in my room that needed (and some still needs) to go. But purging takes time, so I do it a bit here and there.

What has really motivated me is that I crop with a group of ladies that LOVE my rejects. I can take a huge box of PP and come home with just a few sheets, if that. And they make such great stuff with it. I love seeing my stash being used, even if it's not used by me. I also donate to the kindy teacher and a retirement home. So I know my stuff is going to a good home.





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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:20:36 AM
Purge? You mean we really don't have to keep everything?! Just in case I need it some day? LOL!



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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:25:10 AM
I try to make room for new things about once a year. I don't have alot of space. This last time I donated tons of paper, stickers, decorative scissors (kept hanging on to them for some reason) and stamps. It's strange how I feel the need to keep certain things and then the next purge I can let them go.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:43:51 AM
Age of a product doesn't bother me. I'll happily combine old and new on a layout. Recently, a few of those older items have come in really handy. As long as I still really like it and I can see myself using it on a layout, it stays.

If I can repurpose the item, then I have a special area in my stash for those types of things. I have a bundle of papers that I know I won't use, so I keep them for when I know I'm going to basically wallpaper a layout with different pattern papers. It gives me a solid foundation without having to use a big sheet of paper I love so that I have something to adhere the other papers to. I go through this regularly and pull anything that isn't of use anymore.

If think 'why do I have this?' then it goes. For instance, if a sheet of letter stickers only has Xs and Zs on it, then why am I keeping it? Most things get purged into my daughter's craft bucket. She's perfectly happy to make things with lots of Xs and Zs.

I won't purge simply to make room. I have a limited space, and items are limited to their designated space. I try to use as much as my stuff as I can, repurpose what I can, and donate whatever I no longer have use for. I have a small scrappy budget, and I want it to go as far as possible.

I tend to purge when I either come across something that makes me go "huh?" or if I find myself skipping over the same thing again and again (or if I keep trying to use it again and again and failing). I recently went through all my ribbon. I sorted through and kept stuff I knew I'd use, and put everything else in a bag for craft projects with my daughter. Many of them are small lengths now, but I'm sure she'll have fun with them.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:45:07 AM
I purge quite often, as well. If I don't LOVE it, I purge it. I keep a purge stack going at all times, it's my scrappy recycling project.



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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:51:09 AM
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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:56:22 AM
When I have too many of an item and it can't fit in my space, then I purge. When my paper holders are overflowing, I take some time to pull out some paper that I won't use and it goes in the donation pile.

Right now I have too many stamps to fit in their space so I am doing a major purge. Sadly I have so many that have not been used (or barely used) that they need to find a new home where they can be loved and inked. I found I really do not need 50 butterfly stamps or 100 different types of flower stamps.

I've found that I also purge on a whim at times. I went in my drawer to pull out a butterfly punch and saw some decorative corner punches I've had for years and hardly used. I couldn't see myself using them any time soon so they went in the 'purge box.' (Items in the purge box get sorted and either get sold at the LSS garage sale or donated.)


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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:06:06 AM
I do a big purge every year. It usually consists of: 1) things people gave or bought me that are not my style that I did not use in that year; 2) old paper that I still have not used and it doesn't inspire me; 3) tools I have not picked up or used in a couple years.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:21:57 AM
I don't purge. I feel that if I had to purge every few months or in a year that this might be a wasted hobby for me. I was on a SB hiatus for 5 years so everything I own minus the paper is not trendy anymore. Remember the MME people with matching frames, titles, and die cuts that was very themed? If I was to get rid of it or anything else I collected starting from 2000-2009 I would be throwing thousands and thousands of dollars away and that to me is just a waste. I still like them even though they are not trendy and are using them for my in laws albums of the grandkids since they can't come out to see them. They won't know what is in with the Sbing world so it doesn't matter what I use.

I did donate once a lil teeny tiny pile of papers to my daughters preschool thinking I might not sb anymore and I think going through that made me make that my NYE resolution to get back into sbing and then I wished I hadn't donated that paper to her school. Oh well, it was for a good cause.

So to answer your question, never will I purge!


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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:28:08 AM
I have some papers in a bag that I have been meaning to give to a friend of mine for several months. These were papers, that when I was trying to organize the papers, I realized I had not used in more than a year. But then I haven't given the bag to my friend, and I've pulled a few papers out and either used them or know that I will use one shortly.

I purged some foam stamps and a few other supplies once. I haven't even thought about purging embellishments since then, but I think the same rule about not having used them in more than a year will apply.



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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:35:42 AM
I purge around April because I have to prepare scrapbook kits for my daughter's girl scout troop. They love whatever I give them. I toss in old paper and stickers that aren't my style anymore.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:35:42 AM
I purge usually twice a year. It actually makes me more motivated to scrap....I work better when things are neat and not overwelming...plus it gives me a fresh preview of what I do have in my stash.

Most things I get rid of are partially used letter sets, single sheets of pp paper that i know I will never use, items I got in kits that i won't use, items that I had to have because of a sale, but really didn't fit my style. And I am getting better at getting rid of items that no longer fit my style.....my style has really changed over the years.

I give all my purged items to my niece....she absolutely loves them! And it makes me feel better to know they are going to a good home!


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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:37:08 AM
Ionly purge maybe once a year and that is when I come across items that I have not used in about a year and dont plan on using



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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:37:57 AM
When I purge, I get rid of stuff that I know I won't use, usually because my style has evolved so much from the style of the product. It doesn't bother me if something's really old and I know I'm going to use it, or if I still love it. Before I purge, I like to take some stuff I'm "on the fence" about and leave it out for awhile to see if I'll use it.

I did take all my product from 2007 and older out of my regular stash and put a Post-It note on it that says "Expires 12/31/13". It's more to motivate me to use it than to get rid of stuff, and so far it's working! I go to the shelf with all the old stuff first when I'm making a layout and usually can find something to use.



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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:43:51 AM
I don't regularly purge, but I don't keep a TON of stuff in my stash, either. I sold off a ton on Craigs List after I quit doing design teams stuff a couple of years ago, and that was great! Also got rid of lots of things I'd bought that were "trendy", but I never really liked. So I quit doing that - only buy a trend I love!

But I did use a frame on a layout I just posted that is a faux metal frame, probably one of the first purchases I made as a scrapper a hundred years ago!



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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:47:35 AM
I stopped crafting for about five years and started back up about a year ago. Between then and now I moved and starts scrapbooking so I have been going through stuff and paring down a bit at a time. Most of what I have donates or given away are the usual suspects. Paper stacks that I got on mega sale that are slick and glittery with big patterns in colors I don't like, cutesy themes chipboard and stickers that are not at all my style and a tiny bit of other paper that is from my very brief period where I discovered Tim Holtz and thought I would totally love the distressed look. Incidentally, I love it when he does it but not so much on my own projects! Mostly stuff I barely used because I couldn't figure it out from the get go.

More than anything I think it has to do with buying mistakes and I feel like I understand my style better now and won't continue to make them. I have enough supplies that I don't feel drawn to sales just to get some variety. I don't or at least haven't purged based solely on age and have used plenty of older supplies recently. I can't imagine purging simply for space, but if I continually pass over an item or get that "ugh" feeling I won't hesitate to find a home that will appreciate it!
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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:49:19 AM
Only the items I know for absolute sure I will never, never use get purged. And those items are few and far between. Purging doesn't happen often around here.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:50:00 AM
I have been purging over the last few months and if I haven't used it and I don't plan on using it (stamps, paper pages, stencils, punches), then put the stuff in a box I keep in the corner of my room.

Well this week, I took all that stuff and put it in a basket, made it look all pretty and wrapped it up in cellophane and going to donate it at the Pie Supper auction that benefits a local war memorial wall we are building.

Just an idea for those of you purging stuff that is in good condition.



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Posted: 3/4/2013 9:56:23 AM
I hardly ever purge. With that being said, last year I went through my stuff twice because people were asking for donations. It gave me anxiety to part with my stuff, but I honestly don't miss it.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 10:08:19 AM
for me, it's none of the things you listed. It's more 'does this _____ fit my current style?' and if the answer is no, then it's edging its way into the purge boxes.

In addition, for ME, at least, I used to buy stuff to TRY lots of different things, not knowing if I'd like them, and the stuff (whatever it was) would just sit around. I finally realized I don't want to try tons of different crafts / techniques, and would rather free up the space for things I DO use and love.




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Posted: 3/4/2013 10:11:54 AM
I try to purge as I go - if I come across a paper or embellishment that I don't love, or wouldn't buy now, it goes in my purge box.

I also cut apart sheets of stickers or chipboard after they are mostly used. I discard bits I know I won't use. The rest I stash by color.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 12:44:50 PM
I REALLY hate getting rid of something only to go looking for it a month later. Ugh.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 1:21:32 PM
Parts of paper pads I knew right off the bat I didn't like - but didn't "donate" at the time.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 1:24:09 PM
I make sure I purge 2 or 3 times a year when my LSS does a garage sale. If I haven't used it in at least a year, it typically goes. In my most recent purge, I got rid of pretty much all of my stamps and inks. I just don't use them so they were taking up space and I can use the money I make for new things.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:35:30 PM
I've been going through a MAJOR purge. I need to condense into a much smaller space and I just don't have room to store everything. I've been playing the "no regrets" game with myself. If I haven't thought about the paper or looked at it in the past 6 months, it's gone. I am going through all my stuff and keeping anything that will work for Project Life or my future projects (specifically-themed paper for travels we have taken, etc). Plus, I got rid of a bunch of stuff I bought because it was "pretty".

Once I realized that I pretty much only work on projects instead of just scrapping whatever photos speak to me, that really helped my purging process.

And I belong to 2 kits clubs. I go through the kits and remove anything I know I won't use and give it away to other club members or hold it until I have a good pile, then give it away.

I really hate to think about how much money I've basically just thrown away. . . I could be super rich if I would have invested it instead of buying all these "must have" scrappy supplies!

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:49:00 PM
For me it's an "I can't get it to work for me."

For instance, I just threw a bunch of scraps in the trash that were of harsh pink and red lips and hearts, some pale pink plaids, and other Valentine's Day themes. I used it on a few pages and still don't like it. I've had them for years and finally admitted, "That paper is ugly and I don't want it on my pages." I told myself I could make cards with it ... but first I'd have to make cards, and then I'd have ugly cards.

The other thing I ditched was embossing powders and flock. Never figured either one out. And I only have so much patience with experiments that keep screwing up.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:49:00 PM
For me it's an "I can't get it to work for me."

For instance, I just threw a bunch of scraps in the trash that were of harsh pink and red lips and hearts, some pale pink plaids, and other Valentine's Day themes. I used it on a few pages and still don't like it. I've had them for years and finally admitted, "That paper is ugly and I don't want it on my pages." I told myself I could make cards with it ... but first I'd have to make cards, and then I'd have ugly cards.

The other thing I ditched was embossing powders and flock. Never figured either one out. And I only have so much patience with experiments that keep screwing up.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:49:11 PM
For me it's an "I can't get it to work for me."

For instance, I just threw a bunch of scraps in the trash that were of harsh pink and red lips and hearts, some pale pink plaids, and other Valentine's Day themes. I used it on a few pages and still don't like it. I've had them for years and finally admitted, "That paper is ugly and I don't want it on my pages." I told myself I could make cards with it ... but first I'd have to make cards, and then I'd have ugly cards.

The other thing I ditched was embossing powders and flock. Never figured either one out. And I only have so much patience with experiments that keep screwing up.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:55:01 PM
I've purged a few things - mostly stuff that other people have given me, either as gifts or swaps. But I have to admit, it doesn't happen often. I prefer to use my stash as much as possible and that by doing so, I make room for new product.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:55:02 PM
I've purged a few things - mostly stuff that other people have given me, either as gifts or swaps. But I have to admit, it doesn't happen often. I prefer to use my stash as much as possible and that by doing so, I make room for new product.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:55:14 PM
I've purged a few things - mostly stuff that other people have given me, either as gifts or swaps. But I have to admit, it doesn't happen often. I prefer to use my stash as much as possible and that by doing so, I make room for new product.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:55:14 PM
I've purged a few things - mostly stuff that other people have given me, either as gifts or swaps. But I have to admit, it doesn't happen often. I prefer to use my stash as much as possible and that by doing so, I make room for new product.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:55:25 PM
I've purged a few things - mostly stuff that other people have given me, either as gifts or swaps. But I have to admit, it doesn't happen often. I prefer to use my stash as much as possible and that by doing so, I make room for new product.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 2:55:26 PM
I've purged a few things - mostly stuff that other people have given me, either as gifts or swaps. But I have to admit, it doesn't happen often. I prefer to use my stash as much as possible and that by doing so, I make room for new product.

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Posted: 3/4/2013 4:04:57 PM
I don't regularly purge (and my room shows it!) however my daughters both scrap so they like to use a lot of the things that I don't.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 4:29:59 PM
I go through my stuff and get rid of what I no longer like.
I'm not really a trendy scrapper so its not about trends.

Oh, and I get rid of things that no longer look good, like epoxy stickers that have turned yellow or that have begun to curl.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 4:59:44 PM
I think it must be so fun to have a child that likes to craft with you. My daughter is an artist, but she'd rather paint that scrapbook. And she's talented enough that I'll excuse her.


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Posted: 3/4/2013 5:10:10 PM
If it is old and I don't see myself using it!

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Posted: 3/4/2013 8:49:01 PM
I get an urge to purge about twice a year both in the scrapbook room & the rest of the house.

I get rid of stuff that I haven't used in a while and don't see using ever.

I do have lots of older stuff and keep if I see it as something I could potentially use someday.

For example, I have vellum from 2002 & its finally back on trend & I'm using it now.


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peas&crackers

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April 2000
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Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 3/5/2013 6:36:57 AM
I only purge things I can't use or don't like.

It usually ends up being things I got in a kit or a grab box or on clearance.


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PeaNut

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December 2010
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Loc: Pittsburgh

Posted: 3/5/2013 7:02:21 AM
I don't really see a need to purge due to stuff being out-dated. I figure I am scrapbooking keepsakes. In the senior citizen's home when I am 90 looking over my memories, am I going to remember what was trendy the year I made that page? Nope. Will my kids or their kids know if it was trendy or not? Nope. If the embellishment/paper/whatever fits the photo(s)/story/them, I use it.

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AncestralPea

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March 2007
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Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.

Posted: 3/5/2013 7:49:33 AM
purge? what's that?

seriously, though, the only things i've purged are a few sponge stamps and that sew mini from back in the day.

oh, and i gave the original p365 to a friend.

everything else, i still have...



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PeaNut

PeaNut 513,712
July 2011
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Loc: London, UK

Posted: 3/5/2013 7:57:33 AM
I try to purge stuff if I feel overwhelmed, or if I have things I know I'm just not using. I usually go through everything, work out what I absolutely don't like anymore or see myself using - perhaps because my style has changed or I'm just not liking it enough - and then put it in a box to donate or sell off.

The thing that pains me is the money side, I hate feeling I wasted money on things (more so stamps and bigger purchases than an odd paper or embellishment), but I know reselling won't get me much back either. That's the most painful thing for me with purging

If there are things I'm just not sure about, I put it back and if by the next purge it hasn't been used then it goes. I do this with clothing and housey stuff too, I'm trying to be less sentimental and remember to use things or they just build up!

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PeaNut

PeaNut 280,901
October 2006
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Loc: near San Diego CA

Posted: 3/5/2013 8:39:05 AM
I don't have alot of room, but I do love to buy new things. I purge pretty often, and give the leftovers to my grandkids. Just this week I received a "Thank You" note from my 7 year old gd, using stickers and flowers I had given her. Now I have to scrap the letter!

Mallie
PeaFixture

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December 2012
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Posted: 3/5/2013 9:01:03 AM
I purge when I have too much stuff for my space or too much stuff for me to remember and use effectively. So purging gets my supplies down to a manageable level and allows me to scrapbook better.

Age is irrelevant to me. I have some paper that I bought many years ago that I still love and I'll use it someday.

Mostly I get rid of stuff I know I really will never use. In my case, that includes:

-- sports-themed stuff that came in amongst other items such as a paper pack of sticker sheets. No one in our family plays or has any interest in any sport.

--anything with stripes. Don't like stripes, dont' use them.

--my eyelet thing. I don't know why the heck I bought it, never used it once in >5 years. Gone.

--stuff that doesn't suit my style. At one point, early on, I bought a lot of die cuts and stickers that were somewhat cartoonish because they seemed cute and I thought I'd find a use for them, especially since they were on sale. I was iffy about them at the time, but really do not like them now and even when they "fit" a page, I always end up going back and removing them. Gone.
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