Are you a knitter, a quilter, or do you have some other kind of hobby that takes up substantial space in your home? Getting craft clutter under control is a big issue for many people so it’s the main focus of this article but the same principles can be applied to any other kind of hobby clutter too.
Designate a finite amount of storage space
The big question for many crafters is: When is enough enough? The only way to keep craft materials under control is to designate a finite amount of storage space. When that space is full, if something new comes in then make a firm rule for yourself that something old goes out. It’s the only way to make sure the quantity does not endlessly increase.
Invest in furniture and storage containers
“Designated storage space” does not mean piles of plastic bags or stacks of storage containers stuffed full of things, clogging up the energy of a room and looking like an eyesore, as so easily happens in the homes of avid crafters. It means investing in some kind of furniture so that you can organize your equipment according to usage and your materials according to type, preferably separated into separate drawers or storage boxes on shelves.
If you are passionate enough about your chosen hobby, then you will be not only willing to do this but you’ll absolutely love the creative freedom it brings.
A place for everything and everything in its place
One of the most frustrating things for a crafter is knowing they have something that’s a perfect fit for the project they are working on, but they cannot find it. Give each piece of equipment and each type of material its own home, and get into the habit of putting it back where it belongs so that you won’t need to break your creative flow to hunt for it.
Clear out the old to make room for the new
Items that are stockpiled and never used stagnate the energy of your home, which in turn stagnates the energy of your life. It becomes clutter that needs to be cleared in the same way that any other type of over-accumulation does.
Discard any equipment that is broken or you don’t like using. Toss supplies that have expired, such as pens that don’t work and glue tubes that have dried up.
Then sort through and let go of any materials you really don’t like, that you’ve had for a long time, or that you just have too much of. Yes, they could all come in useful someday, but will that “someday” ever come? If you’ve accumulated serious quantities of craft materials, read this article first: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.
Let go of unfinished projects
Unfinished projects create clutter of the physical kind and they also clutter your psyche, nagging away at the back of your mind until they are done. Give yourself a break. Your hobby is supposed to be fun, not a chore. Let go of the creations you’ve lost interest in completing and you’ll have more energy to put into projects that you really want to do.
Finish one project before starting the next
Saying yes to too many projects can clutter your work table and your mind. It can also feel emotionally overwhelming. Bring yourself up-to-date and then adopt the new habit of one new creation at a time. Keep a book where you jot down new ideas but wait until you’ve finished the current project before starting the next.
Don’t let your hobby be a substitute for life
It’s wonderful to be creative, but don’t let it become a substitute for life or a way of avoiding intimacy with others. You may love the [fill in the item] that it has taken you so long to make, but it can’t love you back. And you may enjoy creating gifts for other people, but in the end it’s your love they value the most, not what you make for them. Love what you do, but love people more.
Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy
Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2016
Do you have craft clutter that’s got out of control? Feel free to add your comments or questions here.