When was the last time you used that little packet of thread — the one that you get when you buy a new sweater or suit? It usually comes with a matching button. Do you ever use them or do you just keep them for when your button falls off in dramatic fashion or when a hole appears in your favorite sweater?
I find them often in my work with clients. Sometimes collected together, but most times not. My client on Saturday found one and she wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. I’m sure if I look in my sewing kit, I’ll find a few, too. I probably don’t need a sewing kit because I don’t sew. My mum does, though, and she’s great at helping me in that department when she visits.
So, I could offer advice on how to contain all those packets of thread and buttons. I could tell you what types of containers to use and where to buy them (a simple Ziploc or Rubbermaid container will do). The problem is that I don’t think you need them. Nobody does. Nobody ever uses them, at least no one that I’ve come in contact with. They pile up in spots that you didn’t know existed in your home…in your purse, your car, your office, the diaper bag…colorful clutter everywhere.
Seriously, have you ever used them to patch up that hole in your sweater? It’s more likely that your sweater will end up in the back of a closet or in a bag that will get to the tailor – some day.
Won’t you consider setting them free?