Over the years I’ve decluttered my supplies many times. My interests have changed, projects have come and gone. However, I don’t think I have been quite honest with myself when buying and storing supplies. Today I’ll be sharing what tips helped me declutter, minimize, and better enjoy my time spent crafting.
When I recently created my office space/craft room, I wanted a fresh slate. I’m really trying to minimize what we own and wanted to be ruthless with my supplies. If I liked a hobby or found it useful, it stayed. Most unfinished projects were donated or completed. If I didn’t use it, didn’t enjoy it, didn’t like it, it sat for years unused, or it could be easily replaced? Out it went!
I only have a few precious moments in the day/week/month to create, why waste time and space on things I don’t want?
As a result, I was able to sell some items and replace tired supplies for the activities I do enjoy (watercolors, painting).
It wasn’t difficult to organize my space since I didn’t have as many things as before. I decorated the room with items I had fun making. And the best part? I have a fresh, blank slate for new projects!
Creating should be enjoyable, relaxing, and fun.
Use this guideline when going through your supplies. Does creating with this make me happy? Do I have fun while doing this activity? Do I even use it?
Be honest with yourself. If you don’t want to spend your free time using it, you might not need it.
Don’t feel guilt over unfinished or not-yet-started projects.
Make plans to finish them, or let them go! This is something I struggle with at times. Creating is supposed to be enjoyable, relaxing, and fun. It should not be a guilt trip or a chore.
Ask yourself, “if I had an extra minute today, would I want to start this project?” If the answer is no, it might be time to move on.
Re-evaluate whether you enjoy the activity.
I had more knitting supplies than I realized! While I can knit, I don’t really enjoy it. Out the supplies went.
Go through all supplies at once.
If you’re taking the time to go through your supplies, do it all now and get it out of the way. This way you can see how much you actually have and know what to keep, what to get rid of.
If you have a lot of supplies and this seems overwhelming, break your items down into sections and work on it a bit at a time until it’s done. Once you stop, it might be hard to start back up!
Declutter before re-organizing.
You might be surprised how many empty storage containers and space you end up with! Don’t re-organize everything until you know what you have and what you are keeping.
Display your creations!
If you enjoy painting, hang your artwork! If you like bright, fun colors, make something to bring those colors into your decor. Use clipboards to hang your childrens artwork or your favorite pieces. Let your home be a reflection of you and your family. Artwork can easily help you infuse personality.
What to do with unwanted craft items?
Return them. If you purchased the supplies recently and have a receipt, return them. Try not to get sucked into making unneeded purchases while there!
Sell them. If you have a lot of supplies, you may want to try this. I’ve had good luck with bagging up items and selling them in sets on local selling sites. Price them low to move them quickly.
Donate them. This is my preferred method! Supplies in good condition can be donated to preschools, art teachers, scout troops, park districts, libraries, Sunday school teachers, and many more. Call first before donating!
Old Projects. If you no longer want it, sell or donate.
Reader Suggested Tips:
I will update these over time, thanks for contributing!
- “”Be honest with yourself about what you really will use.”
- “If you haven’t used it in the past 6 months then you probably won’t use it.”
- “Don’t even bring it in the house without having a plan for said item. And toss paper at the door! Don’t let it rest somewhere!”
- “Put together a kit for new knitters. Brand new knitters will be thrilled to get some yarn and a pattern book that no longer brings you joy.”
- “Many knitters are working on ‘stash reduction’ or ‘cold sheep challenges’ (no purchasing new yarn). Finding other knitters will help support your yarn decluttering efforts. You can take part in stash swap meets (to swap yarn you no longer love for yarn you do love).”
- “You can list yarn for sale on Ravelry (online knitting/crocheting community) to an interested audience and sell it that way as opposed to Craigslist/kijiji.”
- “A jewelry making hobby doesn’t take a lot of space. I think it is my favorite now, and maybe I can get rid of some of my other hobby stuff. Making a bracelet can take ten minutes, so I am never without a gift.”
- “I like to organize everything by color.”
- “If you don’t know which project you’re going to use something for, think very hard about why you’re keeping it.”
What would you add to these tips?
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