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I’m a pretty ruthless declutter-er – until it comes to my craft supplies. EVERY marker, pen, paintbrush, and pad of scrapbook paper sparks joy for me. And while some people watercolor, while others like to sew, I like to do it ALL. Or, at least keep the supplies on hand in case I decide to try it.
As much as I love art and craft supplies, I don’t love clutter. Recently I haven’t been nearly as productive, and started to dread going in my home office. It took me a while to figure out why I was in a funk, but I finally realized it was because I had allowed it to become so cluttered.
So how do you declutter things, when you basically love them all? I feel like I have learned a few things through this process, so today I am going to share with you some of my best tips on how to declutter craft supplies.
I have a large, plastic dresser with 3 drawers overflowing with fabric. When is the last time I actually sat down at my sewing machine? At least a year ago. I would love to sew more, but I simply don’t have the time, and it’s a hobby that has been relegated to once in a great while. So it makes no sense for me to be hoarding tons of fabric.
As much as you may enjoy an hobby or craft, it’s important to be realistic about how important that particular activity is to you. I don’t watercolor as often as I would like, but if my house was burning down I would grab my watercolor box long before I worried about the fabric. It had to go!
Keep Things Separated
I have a linen closet right off of my office that has been repurposed as my “art closet.” In reality, everything I didn’t know what else to do with got thrown in that closet and it was a giant mess for months. When I finally decluttered it, I found all kinds of things I didn’t even know I had because they were mixed in with completely opposite items.
Keeping your craft supplies organized and separated not only makes it easier to see what you have, it helps to narrow down what it important to keep. I keep small things like jewelry findings in photo storage boxes. I only have room for so many boxes on a shelf, so if I run out of room I know I am at my max for categories of items to keep.
Set Boundaries and Stick To Them
Choose a specific area to store your craft supplies, and if something doesn’t fit, it’s gotta go. Resist the urge to find more room elsewhere, and just use the space available as a good guideline for how much you can keep.
Try to avoid keeping things in several different rooms of the house, because it’s a lot harder for them to get out of control when they are all in one place. When things are scattered all over the house, I find that I forget I even own them and never end up using them anyway.
I have a certain container I keep my washi tape in. When it’s full, I can’t get any more washi tape or I have to get rid of some before I purchase more. I don’t add a second container, or find a new home for more. Seems logical, but how many times have we been guilty of finding a larger container rather than just limiting our stuff?
You Don’t Need Every Art Supply Ever Made
I am SO guilty of this, but you don’t need to own every art supply ever made. I have a small collection of Copic markers, which are alcohol based markers that are fairly pricey. I purchased them because they were so versatile – I could use them for card making, drawing, and even to make stickers for my planner. I used them to add color to small, white stickers so I could color code things in my planner and was hooked. I amassed a small assortment of colors. And haven’t used them since. I have $50 worth of markers, and I colored in a few sheets of stickers with them. That isn’t only a waste of space, it’s not good stewardship of my money.
Now I DO regularly paper craft in various forms. That makes it easy to justify a huge stash of scrapbook paper, but instead of indulging myself I keep my stash down to what will fit in my designated paper storage area. Being intentional has made me so much less wasteful, and I actually enjoy crafting more when I am not overwhelmed by the clutter.
I still have a ways to go until I hit minimum on my craft supplies, but I have made so many strides in getting there that I hope this inspires you to take a closer look at your stash. Its very freeing to release things that are no longer useful. Even craft supplies.