Dickson probably thinks it’s getting out of hand.
Lucky for him, I do have my thread under control. I keep it in an Artbin thread box that I picked up at Joann’s. Most of my thread is collected over many many projects. I rarely buy thread randomly. My early days of sewing was bags and accessories, so about half of my thread (and the more colorful half) is polyester. I quilt most of the time now, so the cotton thread stash is growing. Very slowly.
My ArtBin Thread Box.
As you can see, my cotton thread consists mostly of boring colors–white, offwhite, black, gray. I’m slowly accumulating colors, but those are on a per-project basis. I find that I tend to quilt and piece with neutrals. I do have some elastic and heavy duty thread tucked in there. You know, for shirring and hemming my jeans.
Here are my bobbin organizers. I LOVE bobbin savers. My cousin sent me one a lont time ago and I haven’t looked back since. I do keep my cotton and poly bobbins separate, and they fit nicely into my thread box.
Bobbin savers–one for cotton, one for polyester.
For my older projects, I did match thread perfectly to my project. Nowadays I still do, but I don’t force myself to. I contrast thread occasionally, and when the color variation is too big, I go for neutrals like gray and off-white. However, I always sew with the bobbin matching the top thread. The only time it does not is if I’ve run out of thread, or if I’m top stitching a bag.