Today's mission is to declutter craft supplies and equipment from your home that you no longer use or love, so you can enjoy the hobby materials you do keep.
This mission is designed to be done while we work on the Craft Organization Challenge here on the site, which is one of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.
The reason, of course, is that you should never organize anything until you first get rid of the clutter, and that includes craft clutter, because you don't want to organize clutter!
In fact, we'll be working all week on getting rid of craft clutter, in all of its forms, eventually leading up to being able to declutter your craft room or area, because the ultimate goal is enjoy doing your crafts and hobbies again, instead of sifting through lots of clutter trying to find what you'd like to use or work on.
I purposefully made this mission broad in scope, because we all have different hobbies and enjoy different crafts, and I didn't want anyone to feel excluded.
Today I want you to focus on whatever types of supplies and equipment you have, including, but not limited to:
Please note that you can focus on your own crafting supplies and equipment today since tomorrow we'll focus on the kids' arts and crafts supplies.
If you really enjoy crafting, and therefore have lots of supplies and equipment, this mission can take quite a while, which is fine. It will take you as long as necessary.
I suggest always decluttering in 15 minute increments, so that you don't get overwhelmed, or pull out too much stuff at once that is hard to clean up and can end up making a bigger mess.
Here's my explanation of how to declutter your home 15 minutes at a time, which you can use during this process.
You want to get rid of any craft supplies that:
This last criteria is the one that is often the hardest to deal with. You may love all of your supplies, and have every intention of using them all, but if you have two drawers worth of craft items, but only have room to store things in one drawer, then you've got to keep prioritizing and choosing the stuff you love the most, until everything fits into the one drawer.
Hopefully, as you work through this sometimes tough decluttering process you'll make some realizations about how much craft supplies you've purchased or received, and make choices that work better for you in the long run. (I personally found, at one time, that I enjoyed the hobby of buying craft supplies more than actually using my supplies. Perhaps you're the same, and this mission will help you decide to change that.)
Here are quite a few photos sent in by readers who've already done this mission, to show you their results, and hopefully inspire you to tackle this task for yourself, today.
First, here are several photos from a reader, Erica, who explained that these photos showed her, "decluttering my craft punches. I did 4 rounds of purges to get to my after. First I got rid of the ones that I obviously didn't want anymore. Then I decluttered the ones that I knew I wouldn't use. Next went the ones that were similar to anything that I could cut with one of my electric die-cutter. The final purge consisted of punches that were broken, hard to use, or ones that I missed previously! Now I can better see what I have and actually use them."
Here's a before and after set of photos from a reader, Dora, who said, "This was my 'craft' stuff. I purged and condensed into smaller containers. They are now in my spare closet!!"
Next are a set of photos from Tina, who had recently moved and tackled her crafting supplies as she unpacked. She said, "I am still unpacking my garage from the move and brought more stuff in tonight to put away, namely my craft section." She continued, "I ditched the two 3 drawer containers and combined all our arts and craft supplies into two drawers in the kitchen instead of five spots all over the house. I also decluttered a lot of half finished projects that will never be finished...lol!"
Finally, here is a photo from Geriann who figured out a great way to get those crafting supplies out of her home -- she mailed them off. She explained, "These are full of craft items. I'm so happy to be sending them off to people who can use them. It's going to scout troops, children's cancer camp, a heart disease group and military mamas who make cards. And I still have plenty."
That's a great idea Geriann! Using this method gets them out of your house, but you don't feel as bad about it because you know the supplies are going somewhere to be enjoyed!
I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to get rid of your craft supplies and equipment clutter.
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!
In addition, here is a round up of over 60 craft storage solutions and organizers, for many types of crafts and hobbies, to get your supplies, tools, and equipment organized and ready for you to use and enjoy (referral link). Once at my store scroll down to find this list.
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