This was such a fun and inspiring discussion in the Facebook Group “Declutter Your Life and Mind” I even got inspired to work on my crafting cupboard which includes fabric – Ugh! I used to be an avid quilter so I have collected quite a lot of fabric all so beautiful and with so much promise. I filled a big white bag with fabric that I was able to donate. It felt really great to pair down my cupboard and also my desk drawers.
Organizing, sorting and downsizing our crafts is a hard area because we always think that maybe we could use this for a future craft project. You may have spent a lot of money on supplies so they can be hard to let go of and they did hold that promise. Also, there are often a lot of small bits and pieces. Oh my! What to do with all of these……..
Some of the thoughts and tips we discussed:
Putting Like with Like is really important to see how much of something you have. How many pairs of scissors do you really need?
Sometimes we purchase items for a particular project and then when the project is finished, we still have a lot of product left that is not going to be used. A good example of this is beads, scrapbooking materials, wool, fabric, paint,…… I know you get it! Let’s donate the excess!
Use labels on boxes and bins so you know what is in them and can access them as needed.
Crafts that we did in the past might not appeal to us anymore. There are trends with crafts as well. Think macrame – although I see macrame hangers for sale all the time already made.
Beware of the marketing of craft supplies out there. Michaels or even the Dollar Store can be so tempting. Marketers want your money. It can be a fun pastime to be looking for little things to fill your craft cupboard. Try to avoid picking up these things unless you have a plan.
Remember to focus on one project at a time and finish that project.
Questions to ask yourself:
Do you spend more time purchasing supplies instead of actually working on the project?
When do you plan to work on those UFO’s? (Unfinished Objects)
How much space do you have for your craft area?
Is there something you can do to make your small space work for you?
Does your space help you to define how much you can keep?
Why do you work on specific crafts?
What is your plan when you are done doing the craft?
Benefits to Organizing Your Craft Area
- you can find the supplies you need for your project
- organizing is easier when you have less
- knowing what you already have means you won’t be buying duplicates
- more time to work on your projects
- having more focus on what projects you plan and want to do
- able to donate or pass on to others who could use them
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What other tips do you have for keeping your arts and craft supplies organized? Please comment below……..