We crafters tend to have the idea that everything can be used again for crafts! And while reusing and recycling is a beautiful thing, turning our homes into recycling centers while we wait to do all of our thrifty projects isn’t. So let’s take a good hard look at our craft supplies and purge what we don’t need so we can enjoy our craft space again.
To help you decide what to purge and what to keep ask yourself these 6 questions:
1. Am I going to use this in the next year? If it’s going to take more than a year to use something are you sure it’s worth the storage space? It may be if it was a very expensive item, but it may not be otherwise.
2. Is there enough of this to work with? For instance tiny fabric scraps that you can’t really sew with should be tossed. Same goes for little bits of paper, ends of yarn, ect.
3. Is it easy and free to get more of these? Perfect example: toilet paper rolls. You can always collect more of them, so don’t save them unless you are working on a project with them right now! I know this will be hard for you teachers, I was a teacher too, we love free crafts, but lets not save everything.
4. Do I still like doing this type of craft? Sometimes our interests change. I finally admitted that I don’t like sewing. I’d always held onto little bits of fabric thinking I would use them again but I don’t actually like to sew, seamstresses of the world please don’t look down on me! I used to spend more time unsewing all my mistakes with my little seam ripper than I did sewing. It was a frustrating process. Once I admitted that I don’t like to sew, I was able to get rid of those little bits of fabric I was keeping. I don’t miss my sewing supplies. I recently made curtains for my living room and I did it all with a hot glue gun! It was so fast and they turned out beautiful, no seam ripper necessary. Anyway, all this is to say that if you don’t like doing a particular craft anymore let it go!
5. Does this item still work? Certain craft supplies only last for so long like markers that dry out. Or perhaps it’s a sewing machine or Cricket paper cutter that doesn’t work anymore. If you are going to get it fixed do so now, otherwise out with it!
6. Is this a style that I like? If you are a quilter you probably save every fat quarter that comes your way, but you don’t have to save ugly fabric that you don’t like! If you are a scrapbooker you don’t have to save every printed paper background. There may be colors and designs that you don’t like, it’s okay to get rid of them!
I hope these questions help you purge your craft closets. I know it’s painful to let craft supplies go, but remember getting your space back is valuable. And you don’t have to toss things in the trash, many things can be recycled and passed on to others. Just make sure that whoever you pass your supplies to can really use them.