Please join me in the Use-Your-Stamps Challenge!
The Very Simple Rules
First, you must work through your stash of stamps and actually use every image stamp you own. If you want to use all the sentiments, too, have a nut, but I find that many sentiments in sets are rather useless.
Also, how you keep track of which stamps you use is up to you. The first time I did this, I had a stamp index, so I just put a check mark next to each stamp as I finished using it. Now, I don't have an index, so I'm working through storage boxes instead. I'll keep each box out on my desk until I've used every single image in it, then put a post-it inside the lid saying "You DID IT!" Use whatever accounting system works for you.
Second, there is no deadline. Some of you have huge stashes that will take years to work through while others might finish in a few months. It took me over 2 years the first time I did this! But when you finish, you're invited to comment on the new tab for the Use-Your-Stamps Challenge on Simplicity announcing your victory!
As you use your stamps, pay attention to how you like working with each stamp or set. Is it worth the space it's taking up? Do you want to get rid of it or keep it forever? Perhaps you're not quite sure if it's a keeper or purge fodder. If so, put it in a box in your basement or closet for six months or a year. After that time, you'll either be ready to say goodbye or welcome it back into your stash. Time lends clarity.
As you purchase new stamps, I suggest you use every image immediately. Only after stamps have been used do I put them in my stash. This keeps me from accumulating unused stamps in the first place. That's why you always see a flurry of cards made with any new sets I buy. I'm using them right off the bat!
Are you signing up? Let us know! Also, if you have any tips or solutions to keeping track of your used stamps, please share. I think that could be the most challenging part of the challenge for some people!