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Hi Friends! It’s that time of year again when we dust off the cobwebs and make everything nice and fresh. How is your craft room or art studio looking? Need some help? Here are some steps to help you get control of the clutter and make a functional creative space.
- Throw out/recycle any trash such as dried up paint and glue, unusable scraps, packaging
- Donate things you no longer like (schools, senior centers, scout troops, daycares or thrift shops will gladly take them off your hands)
- Determine if you have too much of something. If you can’t use it up before it goes bad donate it.
- Sometimes we have things from a past season of life that we will not return to. It’s OK to let those supplies go.
- If you are in doubt if you will use the supplies again ask yourself if it would be a burden to rebuy the supplies. If you used to knit and crochet but haven’t in a while and don’t plan to anytime soon but still enjoy it you can get rid of the yearn that takes up a lot of space but keep the needles, hooks and tools so when you are in the mood again you can pick a pattern and purchase the yarn you will need (Let’s face it, you would probably have to do that anyway as having the yarn you want in the quantity you need is unlikely)
- Asses if the supplies you are keeping are worth “rent” in the space they are stored. I read a book called “Goodbye Things” and the author said “Your stuff is a roommate who doesn’t pay rent.” and that really put things in perspective for letting go of the things I didn’t like but felt wasteful getting rid of.
- If you like it, keep it! I’m not the boss of you. If it gives you comfort to have it and it’s not bothering anyone then go ahead and keep it. Or as Marie Kondo would ask: Does it spark joy? You can keep or get rid of any of your things at any time so don’t think your space needs to look like anyone else’s. You do you!
4 years ago I did a complete Konmari overall of my craft space and you can see photos and watch the video here. I hope that helps you if your space is overwhelming. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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