A fast from buying supplies is a great way to jump-start decluttering or to encourage the use of the craft items you’ve kept after a purge.
No matter where you are in your minimalist crafter journey, taking a fast from buying supplies is a great way to reinforce your intention to not consume more than what you already own. And it helps you slim your stash regardless of its size.
If you like taking your retail therapy at the craft store, the idea of a supply buying fast can be daunting, but it’s really not that bad. I’ve done it a few times specifically limiting my purchases of yarn, and right now I’m only buying supplies I actually need for right away projects (related to my daughter’s birthday).
How to Fast From Buying Supplies
Starting a supply fast can happen quite naturally, without any planning at all.
Simply decide you want to stop buying and do it.
When you want to start a new project, shop the supplies you already have.
If you don’t have exactly what the pattern calls for, improvise.
Or let your materials speak to you and tell you what they want to be. How could you use 3 yards of white denim or your old nail polish?
Remember why you bought these items in the first place, or why you kept them if you’ve already decluttered. What did you want to make? Go make it.
Exceptions to the Supply Fast Rule
I know it’s not always as simple as just not buying when you have things you need or want to make that you don’t have the supplies for.
As much as I want to encourage people to get creative and use the supplies they have, I know there’s not enough solid-colored fabric in my stash to make a dozen or so Ewok headscarves (not to mention faux fur for ears) so I bought those supplies without guilt.
If there are specific things you’ve been meaning to buy for a specific purpose, buy them before you start your fast. But don’t use that as an excuse to go crazy buying things you don’t really need.
Make a list and stick to it.
Wants Versus Needs in a Creative Life
And be honest with yourself about whether you really need those things or just want to have them.
The issue of wants versus needs is always tricky in the modern Western world, but maybe even more so when it comes to craft supplies.
We don’t really need any of them. (Though I would argue that creativity is a need that we have to explore in order to be fully human.)
We could craft with old newspapers, the kids’ outgrown clothes, whatever we have in the house. And that’s great if upcycling is your thing.
If it’s not, that’s fine. We want you to be happy and enjoy your crafting life, and that includes using supplies you love.
But there is a point where it all becomes too much, and going on a fast from buying supplies can help you reset your priorities, use what you have and enjoy the process.
Have you ever gone on a fast from buying supplies? I’d love to hear about it!