Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Be a sister to every Girl Scout (and destash!)

We are moving. There are a lot of emotions and craziness with that statement. We aren't moving towns, but we are moving. Which means I'm packing. Packing. Packing. Packing. 

Why do I share this, you ask? Well... I have found that I have  a LOT of stuff that is related to Girl Scouts. I have Girl Guides for every level, even though I've only had 4 of the 7. I have journey books for each level. I have leftover yarn, foam, cups, markers, crayons, etc. from 5 years of having a troop. 

So, what do you do with all the leftover "stuff"? We all have crossed this bridge. You need a supply for a craft and you are ordering from Oriental Trading and it comes in sets of 12, but you have 8 girls.... or worse... sets of 12 and you have 13 girls! The remainder is packed away. At least, it is at my house. 

I don't want to toss it, because we might use it. Those days are done. My 7th graders aren't interested in foam shapes any longer. I have no use for things that are just collecting in the totes... yes... totes... and I don't mean little 5 gallon totes.. I mean hold a Christmas tree tote... 2 of them... plus more... It's time to destash. I have come up with a plan. After I move and settle and get organized (insert laugh here, because that is an ongoing process every single day of my life), I plan to go through the "stuff" and put together starter kits of stuff and then gift them to new troops in our Service Unit. 

I have tote bags galore! Seriously... I have more tote bags than any human being should have. I can easily say I have 30 tote bags from Girl Scout events. I don't know why I have so many. I don't NEED that many. If I ever filled that many, I would be so sad... those are going to be passed on full of supplies in the above mentioned "start up" kits. 

And then there are the tools and non-consumables. We have done a few projects over the years that have required lino cutters, hammers, pliers, etc. I searched and got good deals. No one scold me for being frivolous with troop money and let's be honest...a lot of times I paid for it, even though it was for the troop. That stuff, I plan to put together in kits and tell the Service Unit about it for a check out program. I may regret that decision, but that's what we are going to do. 

I hope this will help my fellow Girl Scout sisters and give me a way to destash the ever growing stash of things that is taking up WAY too much space... even though the new house does have more storage, I'd like to be storing family stuff and not just troop stuff... Ha!

The reason for the post? If your girls have outgrown the stash you are keeping, please evaluate and be a sister to a troop. Pass it along. Help someone out. Remember back when you first started a troop and what a blessing a bag of supplies would have been. 


  1. I completely needed to read this.

    Hi, my name is Julie and I am a Girl Scout Hoarder.

    (First step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right?)

  2. Last year at a leader meeting, I saw two 20-something young women who were starting a Daisy troop. At the next meeting, I gave them all of my craft items that my soon-to-be Cadettes did not need. They were so grateful, and so was I! It was out of my house and I was able to bless someone else with it. Good luck with your move!



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