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Full Set Syndrome

Written by: Courtney Kreeber


So, you think you may have the sometimes terrible, sometimes enjoyable, disease known to many of us crafters as Full Set Syndrome. Don’t worry, there is a cure.


Symptoms of Full Set syndrome often go undiagnosed for a long time. It isn’t until our bank accounts are depleted and our craft rooms are packed to the max, that we may start noticing we have a problem. Can you be satisfied with owning half of a collection of alcohol markers? Do you get frustrated watching YouTube videos and seeing creators use a color you don’t own? Do you have inks, pens, and markers that have gone unopened for more than a month after you purchase them? Well, if you can answer yes to these questions, you, my friend, have Full Set Syndrome.


Don’t get me wrong, this disease can be fun. Just think, you have every color of the rainbow, and then some, for all types of media. Your stash will go on forever because of the options you have. But, is it worth it? To some it may be. Not for me.


Not only can Full Set Syndrome be detrimental to your finances, it can often causes your craft space to become chock-full of supplies that we forget we even have once they become buried under the never-ending packages we get from our favorite craft and art companies. Let’s face it, we just don’t need every product in every color just for the sake of having it.


So, let’s talk about the cure for Full Set Syndrome. It’s an easy one and one that will take self-control. Don’t buy it until you know you love it. Take for example, markers. You’ve decided its time to finally invest in Copic Markers. Buy 3. Yes, just three markers. Play with them a bit and be sure you enjoy them before buying another 3. Take your time building your collection. Once you get to the point where you are no longer struggling to find the right colors to use on your projects, your collection is complete. Sure, there are probably dozens of colors still available, but if you don’t need them now, will you ever?


Carefully watching our budget so that we don’t spend more than we should on craft supplies is a never-ending battle but there are ways to overcome it. Try reorganizing your craft space. Find products you forgot you had. Donate or sell the items you know you will never use again (and maybe never have). Find some crafty friends you can swap goodies with. There are multiple ways to, not only tidy up your stash, but also realize how much we have, and how little we need.

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