Any crafter cringes when you talk about cleaning up their craft stash. But let’s face it, there’s so much clutter in your craft corner, you probably have a hard time finding what you need or find yourself buying multiples of the same thing because you don’t know what you have. Since you truly do not need a dozen tape measures, read on for a quick list of stuff to declutter out of your stash.
Paper clutter can very quickly take over a craft room, especially if you’re into scrapbooking. Sort through odds and ends in your stash and ask yourself what you’re likely to use. Toss out the scraps you previously thought were too big to throw away and all the excess you’re never likely to use. No longer scrapbooking? Give it to someone who is or toss it out. Even if you start scrapbooking again, you’re not likely to want the same things anymore.
Non-working Writing Implements
Dried out markers or paint, broken chalk, brushes not washed out properly, non-working pens or calligraphy tools with broken nibs are all things to toss immediately. There is nothing you can do to salvage any of these items. It will be much easier to find a utensil you can use if you get rid of these things now.
Tools or Supplies You No Longer Use
There’s no shame in walking away from a hobby if it no longer gives you pleasure. If you’ve had enough of knitting socks for a lifetime, consider donating the yarn or other supplies to people who love the craft, like a local nursing home. Get rid of any tool you haven’t used in the past two years to make room in your craft stash. That goes for yarn and fabric as well.
It should go without saying, but if it’s broken, toss it. That’s especially true for anything electrical in nature, with worn or frayed cords. Don’t risk a fire for the sake of making something.
Projects Left Unfinished for Years
Ask yourself if you’re ever likely to finish the project. Would the project even be useful or relevant at this point? If the answer is no, out it goes.
Got caught up in buying an object when you couldn’t find it last time? It happens to all of us, sometimes it’s just easier to buy a replacement instead of spending an hour looking for it. When you find the original, toss the new one in the donate box.
Getting your craft stash under control is a great feeling. Imagine being able to find what you need, when you need it, and just how productive you’re going to be once you’re neat and organized.