It’s time to take stock of our crafting spaces! I’ve yet to meet a crafter who wasn’t also some degree of a hoarder (if this doesn’t describe you, then can we please see a photo of your craft room?). You know how it happens, you dabble in this craft or the next, or even if you only have one passion, you try many different techniques. Before you know it, your crafting space is overrun with too many things, and you have trouble finding the things you do love and use.
I’m sharing this list today to help you get rid of some stuff this weekend. Before you get started, I recommend setting up three designated areas for the stuff you no longer want
- Things to Throw Away
- Things to Sell
- Things to Donate
You can use cardboard boxes and trash bags. Doing this first will help you make sure that things really do get out the door!
Okay here we go! The bullet points below are suggestions of places to start, you’ll probably find more things to toss in each category as you work.
Tools That No Longer Work
- Broken/Dull punches
- Dull scissors, craft knives and other cutting tools (unless you know you can get them sharpened)
- Pens & markers that no longer write
- Bent knitting needles or crochet hooks
- Dirty/broken cutting mats
Tools you don’t use
- One function tools you rarely use (ribbon cutter anyone?)
- That fancy tool still in the box for over a year
- Tools for a particular technique you never do anymore
- Obsolete tools that have been replaced
Dried Up items
- Other liquid media
Note: be sure to check which of these you can toss in the trash, and which need to be disposed off properly.
- Paper scraps smaller than 6×6
- Fabric scraps smaller than 6×6
- Remnants of sticker sheets & embellishment packs you will never use
- Tiny pieces of ribbon, string or twine
Note: Use the recycle bin wherever appropriate!
- Items you bought just because
- It was cute or
- It had cute packaging
- Any duplicates
- Supplies for crafts you won’t do anymore
- Craft Books / Patterns you never use
- Unfinished projects that you know just won’t get finished
Now doesn’t that feel better? Keep the momentum during the week, by coming up with a plan to get all the rejects out of your house.
- Find out when you can drop of any hazardous materials at the tip.
- Research organisations that will take your donations.
- Check to see when you can have a garage sale
- If you want to sell items online, apart from heading to eBay or Etsy, search Facebook for Buy/Sell or Trade groups for craft supplies.
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