Declutter Craft Room {15 Minutes . . . At A Time Mission}

Today's mission is to declutter your craft room, or if you don't have an entire room, the area you do your crafting in.

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As you may note from the headline of this article, I don't expect you to get this mission done in just 15 minutes. Instead, you should work on this 15 minutes at a time, and in fact, we've been working up all week long to this task.

This mission is designed to be done while working on the Craft Organization Challenge, which is part of the 52 Week Challenge here on this site, and all week long we've had declutter missions about crafts.

These included decluttering:I did this for a reason, and here is why.

When You Think About Your Cluttered Craft Room Do You Feel Overwhelmed?

I've been running these Declutter 365 missions for several years now, and inevitably when we get to this mission there is always an expression, from at least some readers, of feeling overwhelmed with the task in front of them.

Yes, I totally understand that feeling. Anything that seems like a big task, and that you know will take a lot of time, and where you have to make tough decisions, can feel overwhelming to take on.

The result of that can be quitting before you even start.

I don't want that to happen to you though, because you'll feel so much better when this task is completed, and you're able to enjoy your craft area or room again, and actually use the space to work on and enjoy your craft projects.

Here's a photo sent in by a reader, Erika, where she expressed her own sense of overwhelm and frustration:

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Erika said: "This is a fraction of my sewing/craft room! Every time I walk in here to do a project I get very discouraged and just walk back out! I need an un-clutter 101 class in here!"

Here's my advice for Erika, and for anyone else that feels the same way.

Break Down The Project Into Smaller Parts To Stop The Overwhelm

When you feel overwhelmed with a project the best way to help yourself mentally trick yourself into getting started is to break it down into smaller parts. That's, in fact, the concept behind the entire Declutter 365 calendar.

So if you work on all of the missions listed above, for previous days of this week, sometimes themselves for multiple 15 minute sessions, you'll have gained a lot of momentum toward this craft room decluttering mission as well.

But in addition to breaking it down into smaller pieces, time wise, which is what the 15 minute time increments are about, I suggest you also break down the task of removing your craft room clutter into smaller steps by either focusing on one type of item at a time, or one area of the room at a time.

For example, you could go through all of your yarn first, before you tackle fabric. Or you could focus on just one shelving unit, or one shelf on a shelving unit, before you move onto a new area.

You can also "trick" yourself into the decluttering groove by dealing with the easy stuff first, and doing several passes over the same area being more ruthless each time. If you start with the easy stuff, for example, getting rid of bobbins for a sewing machine you no longer own, then you mentally get ready for the tougher decisions.

Once you've gone through everything in the room, you may need to do it yet again, perhaps a couple of times. The reason is that you'll see how much space you've actually got.

You've got to keep decluttering until what you've got left fits into the space you can store it in, preferably with a bit of room for expansion so it doesn't all feel so jammed into the space.

I Know This Will Be Emotionally Tough

Decluttering craft supplies, and the room or area they're in, can be emotionally challenging. Crafts really are something we love, that are designed to bring us joy, so saying goodbye to some of this stuff can seem almost impossible.

Before you begin, if you're feeling overwhelmed not just from the sheer amount of stuff to declutter, but also from the emotions associated with it, read the article about decluttering unfinished craft projects where I discuss this issue further.

Below I've shown several pictures sent in by readers who've already taken on this mission to get you inspired to tackle your own craft room or area.

Top photo courtesy of chrissy.farnan

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With Clutter Removed I Feel I Can Breathe

Mary sent in this before and after photo above. She stated, "No where near finished but I'm starting to breathe now."

Good for you Mary! It can be difficult to get started, but I can see how much progress you've already made and I'm glad you're starting to feel the positive effects from your decluttering efforts.

Those positive feelings can help you keep up your momentum to keep going and get it finished after some more 15 minute sessions!

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Getting Rid Of Craft Clutter Makes A Difference For The Room

Another reader, Lori, also sent in her before and after picture as she decluttered and organized her craft room.

This looks great Lori! Awesome job!

Once you've done this mission I'd love to see what you've accomplished too. You can click here to submit your own photos. The best ones will be featured here on the site!

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to declutter your craft room or crafting area.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

Related Pages You May Enjoy

Getting Clutter Free 15 Minutes At A Time Hall Of Fame

Free Printable August Declutter Calendar With Daily 15 Minute Missions

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my clutter is overwhelming
by: Eugenia

We have moved recently into a temporary residence (until Apr 2017). Our belongings have been in storage for a few years and a few moves so now that we have them all in one place, it's time to start the sorting and de-cluttering process. I have been working on de-cluttering/reorganizing my craft stuff. I had things sort of unpacked and re-organized but as I unpacked/re-sorted boxes in other rooms, my craft room has bred clutter again. I have decided to close the door until the New Year. After all, it's just a few days, right? The photos you display are inspiring but I have no closets, no shelves or cubbies. I do have a large, old folding table to place my sewing machine, cutting board and some supplies on. I also have drawers for storing my craft supplies in, but asking myself how much do I need to unpack as this living situation is sooo temporary. I enjoy quilting, knitting and crocheting so have quite a lot of supplies. Oh I should mention the room is quite small too. Maybe if I just take one step at a time and the solutions will come. Someone mentioned overwhelming in the comments which I think has happened here.

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