Thursday, May 30

The Ultimate Craft Hoarder Quiz


A little pile of ribbon here, a few shelves of fabric there, twenty boxes of scrapbook paper stacked in your garage...have you ever wondered...
"Am I a craft hoarder?"  

If you have to ask yourself that little question, chances are you may be. Let's find out together! We've assembled a quiz to help you find out exactly where you rank!

It's time to get our your paper and pencil so you can jot down your answers!

The Ultimate Craft Hoarder Quiz

1. You redeem more coupons for crafting than you do for grocery shopping.
a. All the time, I never miss my chance to get 40% off.
b. Only during peak crafting season.
c. Craft coupons? What craft coupons?

2. You have dozens of bottles of paints that are solidified, what do you do with them?

a. Save them! I'll add a bit of water and bring them back to life.
b. Look for any that are salvadgable, toss the rest.
c. Drive them to the nearest landfill for proper disposal.

3. The dozens of clear bins you bought on sale to organize your supplies are currently:

a. Still in shopping bags in the garage.
b. In use, but not in any kind of order.
c. Filled, filed, color coded and labeled.

4. The state of your crafting space:

a. Just fine, I have a path to walk through and a 3'x3' work area that is cleared.
b. Messy, but I project clean every month.
c. It's ready 24/7/365 for a magazine photo shoot.

5. The time you held a crafty yard sale, this happened:

a. You made $5, shut down the operation, and went shopping at other yard sales.
b. Changed your mind on selling that box of random cardstock, just as someone said they wanted it.
c. You sold everything, and donated the money to a local charity.

6. Your family has given you the ultimatum - "Your 500-piece glitter collection or us."

a. You kiss them goodbye and tell them it's been nice.
b. You compromise and rent a storage shed to hold the glitter
c. You dump the glitter and tell them they are all the sparkle you need in your life!

7. When your daughter asks for some sparkly yarn for a school project, you immediately:

a. Run to your craft room and hide said yarn so she can't get her hands on it.
b. Cut off a few feet and tell her to use it wisely.
c. Give her the key to your secret expensive yarn stash to do with as she pleases.

8. Your local hardware store is having a blowout sale on mason jars.

a. You push away other shoppers and buy so many cases you have to get another cart.
b. Grab a couple cases, they will come in handy at your cousin's wedding next year.
c. Think about it, then pass on by cause you don't have a project in mind for them.

9. At the end of a crafty girls' night, you:

a. Stay to the end to take home everyone's leftover paper, glitter, flower pedals, sequin, fabric scraps and cardboard coffee sleeves. Yes, you even pick them out of the trash bin.
b. Clean up your area and choose a few select items to add to your collection.
c. Ask everyone to gather unused supplies so you can donate them to your child's classroom.

10. Your friends stop by unannounced & want to see your craft room. You invite them in and...

a. Build makeshift furniture from piles of fabric, stacks of craft magazines and boxes of rubber stamps.
b. Ask them to make a project from supplies you will select for them.
c. Present them with a pretty grab bag of brand-new supplies that you had already prepared for moments like this.

Now let's tally up your points!  Give yourself the following:

3 points for each a. 
2 points for each b. 
1 point for each c. 
The Results

If you got 25-30 points you are...The Ultimate Craft Hoarder!
Congrats! You are a legit craft hoarder. Be careful, because your family is likely planning an intervention at this very moment. Maybe it's time to think about renting a portable dumpster to
get a clean start?

If you got 16-24 points you are The Creative Mess!
You are a borderline hoarder, but you are aware of that. You know how to have fun, get messy, but still keep a grip on reality (and your glue gun).

If you got 10-15 points you are Little Miss Crafty Organizer!
Well, aren't you the crafty saint of all things organized and pristine? We suggest you knock over a jar of glitter just so your friends don't hate you.

Tell us below what your score was! We want to hear how you did!

101 comments:

Gina said...

I'm 16-24 Whew! I mean at least I am aware, right? bwahahahahahahaha

Thanks for the fun!

*gina*

NIfty said...

The Ultimate Craft Hoarder!
But I knew that before I took the test !

Tracy said...

I cannot even take the quiz. I know where I am on this one. I'm still holding onto supplies that I have been saving for my friends for years, but haven't delivered them yet! LOL ~ Great quiz, though, (I actually did sort of take it)

Teresa said...

The Ultimate Craft Hoarder!! I keep saying I'm going to clean and purge but when I start cleaning I find really neat stuff and start "playing" instead. LOL

Anonymous said...

The Creative Mess. My craft area is organized until I start a project. Then I have to reorganize the area once a month by putting things back where I got them.

Jan Conner said...

I am a 27 and PROUD of it!!!

Lynn Corona said...

I got 3,482 points....

Unknown said...

I am a Creative Mess! And I love it!!!!

Resa said...

Hoarder, and it is a good thing I don't know where you other hoarders live *evil laugh* Hide your stashes!!!

ann hunting said...

30. Everytime I start to clean, it's like Christmas!

Anna Corbitt said...

I am a Creative Mess and everyone in my family knows! :D

Anonymous said...

I don't share so some questions did not have an answer. I fell in the middle as I expected. I sadly just tossed craft items in my classroom that I hadn't used in 15+ years and could not donate to the "art parent."
I have 40 year old magazine photos (loved LIFE mag) I still can't part with. Maybe this summer.

Anonymous said...

Absolute craft hoarder. I don't see anything wrong with that!! I even moved to a new apartment so I could have an extra bedroom (craft room) for my collection!

Anonymous said...

I'm just a crafty mess, as I have suspected. I do, however, need a much bigger craft room, a shop even, as my crafts have overtaken my home.

JoJo said...

24 Creative Mess!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Creative Mess! My problem is that I teach craft classes & just drop the bag in my craft room when I get home, saying I'll put it away tomorrow...but never do. I also tend to not put supplies away after a project. But I do have many bins & they are all marked. I can go into my chaos & know just where the supplies are that I need!

Cathy said...

I really did not need to take this test to know I AM THE (Original!) Ultimate Craft Hoarder! My sister affectionately calls it my 'million dollar craft room'. I have been crafting since I was a 'Bluebell' some 40+ years. ...And seriously? I shudder to think I would put crafts in a yard sale! But I've been known to get some awesome crafts at Goodwill..... ....justwannacraft,CathyM (yes it's trademarked!)

Granny Glitter said...

I was 'saved' by the skin of my teeth, I scored 24. My 'stash' has crept out of my craft room into my bedroom and is slowly making its way to the kitchen! Thanks for the laughs!.

Anonymous said...


Just as i thought..I am a creative mess,and I am proud!

crimsoncat05 said...

whew- only a borderline hoarder, with a score of 23!! (it helps that my stash has to stay contained to protect it from my cats, lol!)

Anonymous said...

I am a 24 and I wouldn't change a thing. I LOVE crafting so much I just can't get rid of anything. Never know when I'll need that...HAPPY CRAFTING ALL...

Pattie Donham Wilkinson said...

I'm a 14, but don't judge me! I do get glitter on my face, have bins of craft supplies that make no sense, and hoard strange things like discarded food containers. A saint I ain't, but a happy crafter I am!

momto4gr8kids said...

I'm an Ultimate Craft Hoarder. I'm packing to move across country and am leaving furniture behind just to make sure all my crafts get into the truck. Hubby is looking for a 3-4 bedroom house just so I can have a craft room and he can have an office. I never throw anything away not even fabric scraps. Might need them someday for something. Never know what you might think of doing and need those. Plus I usually end up going out and buying new stuff when I can't find mine. Gotta make sure I've got plenty. :)

BurningRubber said...

I can't believe I am only a 21. I live by myself in a 1 bedroom apt and 1/2 my closet is craft stuff, I have a dedicated dresser in my bedroom that is just for large paper. My living dinning room is my studio. Yes, it is organized because when I had money I bought matching shelves to store everything in. There is just enough room to walk around the center isle. My computer desk is against the wall and my art desk is in the center along with several shelving units. Also I have a huge pantry in the kitchen that is full of supplies like tins and mat boards and frames and...

Deborah Engle said...

27! I already knew I was a craft hoarder! I even moved across country and brought my whole craft room with me!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Alexa,

I couldn't stop laughing after reading this! Aren't we all?
Well...I refuse to share my results...still laughing...


Gabriela

Liz in Washington state said...

I came up with 25 and had prepared myself for the truth. However, I would have been higher if the (a) answer for #7 was " Give her the yarn and then go buy 3 more as replacements", because that is what I do when my granddaughter asks for something. lol

lrumple said...

I got a 21 I guess i am a creative mess sounds right !

Debbie Lugo said...

Debbie, yes I keep everything. Brought everything with me when we moved to calif. never worried me and I packed everything in all the boxes alitte at a time. My husband asked why light boxes got so heavy and I just laughed little did he know hard covered craft books were to blame. He really laughed at me when we got moved he said I knew you had something to do with this lol. So keep crafting girls great for stress too.

Gail Green said...

The Creative Mess with a score of 20. I have items to craft that I keep hoping to get to (just for fun) but then I get distracted by a new craft medium, toos or supply and devote my time to exploring that instead. It's hopeless...so MANY craft possibilities, so little time to just play....

Holly Llama said...

Creative mess. And I can totally live with that!

Anonymous said...

26 but could have been higher, I'm w/Liz on #7. "Cleaning" requires inviting my hubby and a son in, Hubby to remove an item from me when I hesitate to identify where it belongs, what it was or wil be, or who it was from or to. Son to run it out and dspose of. Did this yesterday. Son and granddaughters took lots of stuff to the curb where it was promptly picked up by other crafters. I can get through my craft room and pantry (craft overflow area).

Anonymous said...

I'm a Creative Mess.. well, I could have told you that. So could all my friends. And probably their friends, too. And the Township police and . . .

Betsy De Finis said...

Phew~! "Creative mess", but I think it's more Mess than Creative...

Pam Blass said...

I'm a 26 but I knew I was a hoarder. If I spent as much time scrapping as I do buy and trying to organize my supplies, I would get a lot done.

Robyn said...

I actually only got a 20 and expected it to be higher, so I am a creative mess. If I had a bigger room I would be more organized I THINK, or maybe just buy more stuff to fill the room. LOL Some questions were hard to answer though....
Robyn

Anonymous said...

I agree with Pam!

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Harriet McCrary said...

A 27. But I knew it alreaady. Have been since my mother and I //-pmade stuff as I was growing up. She was one too. :)

Anonymous said...

Creative Mess. But I truly think that I am a hoarder.

Gina Kallinen said...

ha ha just found this...very funny. I always knew was a creative mess~ no one goes in that room while i am in there creating or they had better want something
Gina

Anonymous said...

I am "A creative mess", but my family and friends still love me....and as I live alone, am complicating on getting rid of some furniture, just to have more room! Lol

Sheryl Wards said...

I'm a Creative Mess. I think I'm doing good; my family hates it.

Anonymous said...

That was fun I am a creative mess and proud of it

insaneannie said...

I am a creative mess! and darn proud of it!! HEHEHE!

Anonymous said...

I am a creative mess. I am going to my craft space & try to use some of my mess to make something right now.

7a05a5fa-74b4-11e2-9d83-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Well, Thanks for the early morning chuckle...I have so much in craft supplies it is insane....I never throw anything away as the box full of mauve & country blue polyesther rose buds will attest....My only B was about the tubs....lol....so I am very proud of my 29...at least it was not a 30, right? right? ....hahahahahahaha

lanagram said...

I scored a 25.... Yes I am proud of it. My family wants to plan the intervention, yet all my friends are planning what I can teach them next :)

MiYu said...

22! Borderline leaning towards being a hoarder.....

Anonymous said...

27 and proud of it! I told a friend today that the "crafting" line in my budget is several steps above my clothing amount. That's why I have full shelves and an outdated closet. Fine with me - I don't have to dress up to craft and I wouldn't want it any other way!

debbyj said...

Creative Mess -and only because I had a hard time deciding on some of the answers, especially the ones about friends and crafting.

MRevelle said...

I purged my craft stash about 20 years ago and donated a lot of unsold stuff to my mom's church. Last month mom asked me to pick up some boxes of my stuff from the old house that she put together for me. The craft stuff was in the boxes. She "saved it" for me for 20 years. So it's a no-win for me when I try to clean out stuff. Lol

mommakatx6 said...

I knew I wasn't an ultimate hoarder but close (scored 24). My space is a mess and I will get it organized someday...maybe.

Anonymous said...

I am a creative mess and love every bit of paper, every envelope, every bit of glue!!! I do donate though by making craft baskets for bizaars and various fund raisers, it is a good reason to buy more stuff!

Amanda Hughes said...

Lol! I got 22, the Creative Mess.. Definitely!

Karen Chiles said...

I ranged in the middle of the Creative Mess, but I knew that. Creative Mess describes my craft/sewing room. I am comfortable with it, if someone has a problem with that well that's another test.

Sherry Barello said...

am a good solid 25. Definitely a hoarder. My family gave me a sign for my craft room, "I collect art supplies". But I have fun!

Anonymous said...

I have so much stuff, we are looking for a new house. My space it 14x16 and it is filled to the ceiling and I am not apologizing. I am usually working on 3 or 4 projects at one time. I just move around so nothing gets put away unless company is coming. Score 25 I know I am a craft hoarder, but I can use anything and if I find it on sale,
forget it I am buying.

AdamAntLover said...

I got a 19.. I think it would be higher, if some of the questions were actually answers I could give myself. I know I'm a borderline craft hoarder and am proud of it but I have given away things to friends since they use said products more than I.. lol..

Anonymous said...

I got 17. Whenever my kids say I am a hoarder, I make them watch reruns of Hoarding, Buried Alive. They get a whole, new prospective about me after that. LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm a 24.... A very happy 24!

Anonymous said...

I'm a 24.... A very happy 24!

Cindy Wolfchief said...

Well 21 is what it says but I have to say I'm pretty bad when it comes to my crafting!! I never throw away anything and I'll take things apart to save for later you never know when it can be used in a project. My girls will clean there rooms out and throw things away and they know that I'm to get the bags before they throw it out. I go through it all and save everything, one earring, broken Barrett's, just about everything. I create world's and I Spy's with anything you can imagine. Cindalisa Boutique on Facebook you can see my love for crafting and creating. I moved about two years ago and my friends and family joked that I was going to need a semi to move it all. Some thought I should get rid of some of it saying your not going to have room at the new place. I laughed and I just got rid of other things because my crafts are my passion and love so it was coming with me. Love clearance and sales I never stop adding. Hope my girls will be kind to it all when it's my time and know the importance of it all, they hate all of it and don't get some things I keep but there the first to come when something is needed and they know it's a guarantee mom will have it. 21 was low I believe a true hoarder I am and proud of it!!!! Loved the test and the fun of reading all the comments. Happy crafting everyone.

Anonymous said...

I am a 24! I come really close to being a hoarder! If I am not careful I may go over the edge into hoarding territory!

Snips of Time said...

I'm a 19. It's funny, the rest of my house can be trashed, but my studio is always organized and neat...so I can ALWAYS find what I need for a project!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a 21 but I also know I am a hoarder of craft supplies ...I have more wool than I could use in acouple years and more material than I could use in 5 years but I can't let them go because One day I will start on my crafts again.. actually I will be starting pretty soon making Christmas stockings because I finally moved out on my own and can now spread my crafting throughout my apt. and no one can say anything about it ...heh heh heh ..I love having my own space ...lol and I will never stop collecting beads and buttons either ...hahahahaha love it ...

Anneb said...

25 - I couldn't answer one because I live in the UK and we don't have craft coupons! I didn't really need to take the quiz to find I'm a craft hoarder.

Anonymous said...

Between and 24, not bad, lol

Anonymous said...

24, wow, I thought I was a hoarder! I need to try harder!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm a 24 until I get going. I actually have stuff stashed everywhere because I don't have a dedicated craft area, (it's the living room, bed room, spare bed room, office area in another building, storage shed) you name it it's there!

Elizajane said...

I didn't bother counting I already knew the answer, I still have crafts from Girl Guide years 10 yrs ago. but my granddaughter might need them, then there's the yarn I might need, thankfully I do have a craft room but still have my livingroom end table full of thread for the hand work and dinningroom table is covered in fur for a stuffed cat-and ---

Nicole Preston said...

23, So at least I'm borderline and aware of my hoarding. LOL Such a cute little quiz.

Anonymous said...

23. I am a creative mess and so is my craft room. My husband corralled everything one day (it shares the tv room downstairs.)He then made me watch him draw an imaginary line and told me that anything on the other side of the line would get tossed. So far, so good.

Anonymous said...

25. I would be better but I'm in temporary housing and only can take one suite case with me when we move.

Anonymous said...

I am a The Ultimate Craft Hoarder! but a very origanized hoarder... my family mostly my father from years ago told me I have more stuff then most scrapbook stores & for rubber stamps I know I do have more then most stores BUT the good news is I know my problem... and I am starting to deal with it LOL... (my friends are really starting to love coming to my house cuz they leave with tons of stuff... but I still have way more then I could ever use!!!) LOL NEED A 12 STEP PROGRAM!!!!! LOL

Purple Momma said...

I am a creative mess, but in the long run I will end up being a hoarder.

Mowse Doyle said...

Nice solid 22 ! Tend to save things forever, and salvage or scavenge on a regular basis. I find it helps to keep the creative juices flowing by having "unplanned" materials on hand.

Anonymous said...

I'm a creative mess and proud! I go through my supplies a coupletimes a year and donate or sell it to other crafters I know

Anonymous said...

I scored a 24 so I'm a creative mess. But only because I'm running out of room to hoard!

Anonymous said...

I'm a 23...a creative mess. BUT! after 27 years of 4-8 kids in the house, I finally have an empty nest and am in the process of getting my craft supplies from all over the house consolidated in my brand new craft room. I don't think I'll ever get it organized tho!...Donna Brown

Debls said...

25... In my defense my hoarding is not limited to craft supplies... That makes it better, right????

Susan Hogan said...

I'm a creative mess but too close to hoarder to be that comfortable about it! Lots of fun going on her - thanks!

Rise said...

29 I lost one point on the mother/daughter thing. My daughter says lets go to the craft store I need____________. I say no we don't need to go I have that, here let me get it for you. She says NO I want my OWN STUFF.

txDok said...

27, lost a point cause those clear boxes are full, with NO order!! But make up for it in fabric stash EVERYWHERE, and before crafting, BOOKS

Tae said...

Was it just me that had the heart attack when the quiz mentioned a purging garage sale.... This was a great quiz.
*hugs*
Steph

Anonymous said...

I'm a Creative Mess working towards getting my crafting supplies more organised as well as books and nursing study papers its an ongoing process to keep on top of it all.Helps to see many more have this challenge too.

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janet lohmann said...

i am a creative mess!!!! been like this forever and i love it! lol i now have 6 daughters and they do the same thing,only 1 daughter is messier than the rest-i love it!!!!!!!!

from making handmade clothing to the tiniest handmade cards for mommy/daddys with glitter and tons of glue i wouldn't trade any of it for one moment.

Loretta Haeseler said...

I got a score of 18...I TOLD my sister and my daughter I was NOT a hoarder and I was right! I may have a lot of supplies, but they are semi organized and I pump out a lot of gifts, crafts and sellable items. I will admit to "boarderline hoarder", but I refuse to go over the edge!

Anonymous said...

22 and proud of it!

Pam said...

I had ALL A's....and saw myself in each question/category. Hahahaha,and I have been told about intervention on many occasions! Proud to be a Craft Hoarder!
Pam Q.

Anonymous said...

The Creative Mess! lol :)

Brini said...

I'm not doubt a hoarder but a creative mess.

Diana said...

I'm a creative mess. Some of the questions were hard to answer because they didn't apply to me. I do hoard a lot of supplies that I love. This was a fun quiz. I would love to share it on fb.

LucyB said...

I am definately the hoarder.But I have several excuses. I have been saving up for about 29 years until I could retire. I had to buy the stuff while I still had the money. Number 2, I have too many different hobbies. Therefore I need all kinds of supplies. Number 3 I used to sell my finished things and give them as presents. I have no place to sell any longer.I am sad to say I am 66 and most of my family that would appreciate these are are no longer with us.My favorite Aunt is selling all her craft hoard because she and her Hubby are moving into a tieny tiny place for the eldery.Thank God my hubby understands my passion. I appologized one day to him for all the dolls I make and dress and told him I don't know why I have to make and dress them. He said I understand. It is no different than making miniatures. I was very suprized by his answer. I also quilt, Make clothes, curtains,wooden furniture,scrapbooks,Christmas crafts, etc. I really want to make glitter houses.(when I make time between everything else) I have no Idea where I,ll put them though. Craft on ladies and gentilemen. It is good for the soul.

Val H said...

23 creative mess lol so true so true

Anonymous said...

24-surprising too! My daughter calls my little storage space my craft store.you can usually find anything you are looking for and if it's paper I bet I have as much as any big box store!

Kimberly said...

I got 19. I am surprised it wasn't hgher, lol. I do save odds and ends for crafting.. and I like to obtain lots of new supplies whenever I can. I wish I had a dedicated craft room. I try hard to keep everything neatly organized and it's only when I am doing a project that I get a huge mess. Someone commented that crafting is a great stress reliever and I agree. I also can relate to moving and the man having to haul heavy boxes of books. My guy has learned not to complain, lol. He has his own video game hoard that I put up with. compromise is nice. :) He lets me get crafting supplies and he can get games. Win-win.

Michelle Quinno said...

I am a creative mess at 22! This was fun.

melanie gibbs said...

I'm a 24 with good intentions to organize my happy place (craft room), but there's never a good time to do it :)

styleyourdoo said...

my paper collection became my next obsession after fabric, but now when I make a card I choose whether the recipient is worthy of Tim Holtz paper or not. Cherish my card and you might get the good stuff!
Tina

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