I *hated* the various organizing shows - if they walked into a house where someone sewed, made jewelry, or otherwise was a serious crafter AS THEIR HOME BASED BUSINESS - they made them add about half their stuff to the garage sale to get rid of "clutter".
Wait one hairy minute - would you walk into a store or any business and tell the owner to "get rid" of half his stock of inventory? I don't think so! So why are you making someone get rid of half their "inventory" just because they work out of their home instead of a store or office? (((grumble, mumble, possibly rude things under my breath))).
Then they would gush about how much money the person made at the garage sale, with half their inventory being sold off at less than 25% of original "value" to make empty space. Yeah, right....
I went to a (brief) class at the Quilt Festival (it was free - worth every penny I didn't pay and even more for a Boeing engineer's tips). One of her comments is that anyone who starts "organizing" your stuff by making you get rid of at least half of it is CHEATING! Read a different article, watch a different show, or buy a different book of tips - because if you are a quilter (seamstress, make your own jewelry, and especially if that is your BUSINESS/job) then they are cheating you out of half your "tools" (for artist's, half your supplies) to make it easier on themselves by reducing the amount of things that have to be organized. I liked her....and her tips, too!
I will admit that if you've got damaged goods (flood, pests, broken drain, etc.) that there are legitimate reasons to get rid of "stuff" that is no longer useable - but you'll have to sort & organize ALL your stuff to find the things that no longer will be a part of your "inventory". Size 2 patterns from when you were 14, half your current weight, and three inches shorter - put in a box to sell or donate - depending on whether or not that is an uncut pattern (or at least has all the pieces) or see if you have clients that want to dress in authentic vintage patterns and will PAY you to use if for them.
But trash it? (((shudder))) Ebay, Amazon, or even donate it to the local charity thrift store - where someone can use it. Maybe a theater group is doing a revival of a play set in that time? You never know...
I now have an idea on how to get my danged shelves sorted and organized (she was out of her stock in trade acrylic folding rulers - I'll have to improvise for now)... And see how much space that leaves me for other things.
I'm also debating between a computer spreadsheet for patterns or a loose leaf notebook (possibly a combination) to make it easier to see if I have a given pattern without running to the store...again...
I sold six duplicate patterns last month and gave away one more to a visiting friend who sews.
I've also got a link to a vintage pattern collector - who wants a chance to LOOK at the ones I want to sell (not current patterns - OLD ones). It might not raise lots of money - but any chance to get some of my "investment" in my "inventory" and "supplies" is nothing to sneeze at!
Not to mention being able to *find* the cloak clasps I spent money on for VorSon's new cloak...before next summer (Renn Faire at the end of the month). There is also a project for VorDaughter - more usually referred to as Ambrosia Hino - for a chemise and over dress that she designed before she got married. WonderfulGrandSon is now three...so it's been...let's leave it at "a few years longer than that" (and if she sees this, she'll tell everyone what the date is on the fabric store receipt - I just know it - because the fabric, pattern, etc. are at HER house).