If you don’t sew as a hobby, do you have a sewing kit? Perhaps you have one (or seven) of those miniature “travel” sewing kits. If you do the most minor sewing tasks, then one of these might be useful as your regular sewing kit. You don’t need to keep them all. Pick one.
If you can sew on a button or close a small hole, how many different sewing tools do you need? What colors are in your wardrobe? Neutral color threads are a safe bet. What else? Some needles and a sharp pair of scissors. Pins are useful if you are hemming something, but, otherwise, you probably won’t use them.
What if you have never sewn on a button and have a sewing kit because it seems like something you should have? If you haven’t thread a needle in a couple of years, chances are you don’t even need any sewing supplies. (You can always duct tape a hem in an emergency, which is what you probably would have done).
And, if you do sew? Chances are it will take longer than 15-minutes to go through your sewing kit. You could start by organizing your thread, sorting the spools by color so you don’t purchase a color you already have. Or, look through your kit for duplicate tools that aren’t necessary.
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Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.