In 2012 I spent a year sewing from my scrap drawers. I was living in a little house down the street, and I left my stash at the hall, as I didn't want to drag all my material into the new sewing room. So I sewed many, many quilts from the scrap drawers. Now, the drawers are nearly empty, and I haven't recut pieces to go in them; it's not as though I don't have scraps, it's just that I haven't dealt with them.
In the past, I filled my drawers with strips cut from small pieces weeded out of the stash drawers. It felt wonderful to slice up that fabric and see the scrap drawers filling up. Things have changed now; I seem to be on a controlled colour scheme jag, and I don't want my scraps to be all cut into the wrong sizes for what I have in mind. I think I've fallen out of love with my drawers of strips and scraps :(
I guess I just have to acknowledge that I'm in a different mindset now. I want to make quilts with exactly the fabrics and colours that I have in mind, not what's stuffed into a drawer of 2.5" strips. I'm not sad about that, but it means that I need to rethink my storage requirements. I don't need all these long thin drawers for strips anymore, or the little short ones for squares and triangles. I need large flat areas that I can store my pressed remnants on.
I have stacks of wire baskets that I find really useful;
I wonder if my commitment to downsize 30% applies to my patchwork storage as well? I mean to repurpose some of the smaller drawers and use them as tool and hardware storage; I really need them to organise door and furniture fittings, curtain hanging gear and various nuts and bolts. They won't be in the quilting room anymore, but I won't have disposed of them either; I guess if I have uses for them it would be silly to get rid of them.