The Importance of Stuff

These days we all seem to have ‘stuff’, and mostly far too much of it.  But the stuff that drives me mad are all the little bits and bobs which accumulate in small piles and clutter up random bowls and baskets because they don’t have an immediate home as we dash about doing everything else.  You know, the things we can’t throw away, like till receipts, business cards, the top to the pen that we can’t put our hands on just at that moment (note to self – clear out handbag) and things which will probably ‘come in’, elastic bands from the mail, paper clips, buttons and safety pins.

So the plan is to have a designated place, and a promise to sort it out on a regular basis. (It’s now down in black and white, that promise!) So the cogs have been spinning in the brain…where to put the stuff…

…stuff….snuff….where did they keep Snuff?

In a JAR!

And what have I been collecting over the year because ‘they are just too useful to throw away’?

Coffee Jars!

I’ve got them tucked away in the studio holding craft materials, and on the mantlepiece filled with Mother of Pearl buttons, and sea shells…

But I keep drinking coffee, and I keep collecting jars!

And then there is my basket of gorgeous rainbow yarn…

And so I’ve made a STUFF Jar!  Would you like to see?

But you’ll have to excuse me now, I’ll have to go and empty out all those random places full of little bits of Stuff…

And I’ve just thought of something else I want to make!

See you soon x

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About penny

I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

12 thoughts on “The Importance of Stuff

  1. Annie

    Brilliant! We have a white china ‘stuff’ jug … there is stuff in the bottom of there that must go back to the jug’s institution in 2004!!!

  2. Stocki

    Brilliant! We drink the same coffee…and I too have saved millions of jars (they ARE too good to throw away aren’t they?)… AND I have little (okay, sometimes large) piles of ‘stuff’…I’m clearly going to be covering and stuffing jars for a while…thanks Penny! :)x

  3. kateuk

    I was asking myself just yesterday why exactly am I keeping all the Postman’s discarded rubber bands and hanging them very carefully on the hook of the letter rack…been doing it for a year and never re-used one of them…I shall return them to my Postman I think.

  4. Marigold and the Goatmother

    Oh! A wonderful stuff jar! I wish our coffee here came in lovely jars like that! Think how many I could have full of Peanuts and the Goatmother could make lovely covers for me. The possibilities are endless! Well, done! You could even make one for Higgins’ cookies because I am quite sure any spoiled dachshund worth his ‘stuff’ gets cookies. 🙂

  5. Penelope

    Brilliant idea penny, re and then up-cycled into a rainbow of joy. My only problem if i made a “stuff jar” is that I probably would never empty or re-use what was in there and then would have to make another and then another! I like don’t like all odds and ends hanging around try to store them where I know I’ll use them again. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with how much stuff we have and think we need, a good clear out makes me feel better but then the stuff slowly but sure creeps in again…how does this happen? xox Have a cosy warm weekend, we may be getting snow here x

  6. Mrs. Micawber

    I LOVE your Stuff Jar! We collect jars too. They’re so handy and hard to resist.

    I wish I were the type of person who cleans up the small clutter every night, but I’m not. It has to reach critical mass before I suddenly get fed up and tidy it away. It’s a never-ending battle.

    Love the rainbow of yarn!

  7. Lesley

    What a wonderful post! And a great and creative idea. I may follow suit. Just worried it won’t look so cute when it’s scaled up to the ‘stuff vat’ I would require!

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