Perhaps I'm not a lady, as I'm going to talk about my stash.
For the past couple of years I've tried to glean my stash down to only the yarns I love and, at this point, it's down to its lowest point in years. Stash has a way of becoming undesirable in color and content, as well as, stale in style. While I would not call myself a minimalist, I would say I have tendencies--too much hording of anything unsettles me. Also, I like a clean slate, new choices, and moving on. I buy new, therefore, the old needs to be removed.
I'm down to one bin of sock yarn (gray bin), one for lace, and one for sweater quantities. All three bins are about 3/4s full and my goal is to keep them from filling up. However, acquisition is still happening, even with the desire to keep the stash from growing too out of hand.
The basket on the shelf is full of yarn purchased within the last year, as is the sweater quantity in the bag next to it. (I must ogle and fondle new skeins before adding them to the bins.) The funny thing is, most were acquired with the intent to knit right away (shawls or socks), but at this point, all have been shunted, for whatever reason, into the "knit at later date" category.
Not all of the yarn gleaned from the stash has not been knit by my hand. It may have been given away or sold, but the goal was removal and in that I've succeeded. There is no regret attached to ridding my stash of yarn, but once in awhile I've need to repair a knit and the leftover yarn is not on hand, the odds and ends going to friends who knit blankets of many colors. I'd rather see the yarn used than sit in my stash gathering dust.
This stash is still SABLE*, but it feels alright, plus I know there will be future acquisitions. It's what we do, as knitters. Yarn is what we love, what feeds the creative muse, and what delights us.
What's the state of your stash? Do you dare tell? I'll keep your secret, no worries!
*Stash beyond life expectancy.