A crafter’s home is always full of new and old supplies. Once you start stocking different types of paint, cutting machines, stencils, or washi tapes, tidying up becomes a big challenge. As they say, craft rooms are not messy; we just have everything on display.
Crafting can help you stay entertained, but the mess and the excess of crafting supplies can become overwhelming. That is why quarantine is an excellent moment to tidy up your craft room and declutter your stationery and art supplies. For today’s post, we’ve made a list of five tips that you should take into account before tidying up. We hope you find them useful!
1. Write an inventory
It is important to notice every single item that you have. After being into a hobby for some years, you have made a lot of purchases. You’ve for sure accumulated a lot of stuff. Take your time and check it, one item at a time. It’s also useful to write when did you buy it.
Registering every tool is the best way to have a clear overview of what you have. It’s the first step before guessing what do you want to keep or not. It’s also the best way to identify which products have you bought twice, or which things can have the same function.
2. Check the state of your supplies
Once you have identified all the things you have, it is essential to check the state. Crafting supplies don’t last forever. Some products have a due date that you can see on the package. Tempera and acrylic paint can get dry with time. Products like Cricut Infusible Ink only last around one year.
If your supplies are not in the best condition, the result of your project won’t look right. Check every product you wrote on your inventory. Discard what is not ok anymore and save time and money for your future self.
3. Make a list of future projects
The idea behind buying crafting supplies is to use them to do projects, right? A list of the things you want to create will help you assess what do you need.
Try to estimate when do you want to start every craft and how much time it will take. Jot down the things you will need to accomplish it. This exercise will help you identify what do need to buy, and how much space do you need to fit it at home.
4. Select the things you don’t use
This step can seem clear, but it’s one of the hardest parts of the process. It’s essential to be realistic. If you bought a slime set two years ago and you never used it again, it’s not likely that you will use it.
Here you can use the list you’ve made on the previous step. Grab an item and name at least two projects where you could use it. If you can not even name two, it looks like you don’t need it.
Put all the things you do not use together. Visualizing the space they take will make you see that you have to get rid of them. If it’s possible, leave them together for a couple of weeks. If you have not missed them during that time, it’s time to say goodbye.
5. Get rid of stuff, seriously
You don’t have to throw all that crafty stuff into the trash. Someone could use your old set of thread rolls to stitch out embroidery designs. Try to donate it to local associations, schools, or kindergartens. These institutions are always happy to receive this kind of present. You can also sell some of your stuff in second-hand stores.
The point is that you need to put away these things. Keeping them in your storage room does not count as decluttering. Stocking old stuff out of sight is only a partial solution to the problem. The things that you don’t need anymore should be taken out of your house forever. Simple as this.
We hope our advice has been useful. Take the chance and start making your home a more comfortable place.