As a crafty and creative person, I can totally understand how hard it is to let go of anything that could remotely turn into a project. There’s a special kind of magic that comes with turning scraps and overlooked treasures into a masterpiece.
There isn’t a special kind of magic, however, in keeping things that are truly nothing more than craft clutter.
That’s why this post is all about getting real with our stash and discussing the craft supplies you can declutter and let go of today.
Craft Clutter: 10 Things to Get Rid of ASAP
1 – Scrapbook Scraps
Sure, those little bits of pretty paper and ribbons *could* come in handy down the road, but… there’s also a good chance they will simply turn into confetti that spills out onto the floor every time you open your supplies.
If this an issue for you, go through your scraps and give yourself some parameters:
- Are the scraps of a certain size?
- How long has it been since you used that exact design/paper?
- Do you have actual plans to use those scraps?
2 – Paper Towel Rolls
Unless you have clear plans to use these, like you have kids or grandkids who regularly craft with you, then it’s best to toss these in the recycling bin. These cardboard rolls will quickly multiply and turn into clutter!
If you’re worried you won’t have the rolls for a future project down the road, remember that you’ll probably still be buying paper towels and can restock those supplies in no time.
3 – Baby Food Jars
Baby food jars, like paper towel rolls, have a way of accumulating rather quickly. So again, without a clear project plan in place, it’s best to recycle these and move on!
I would suggest using some of these containers to help organize and store your craft supplies and then decluttering the rest.
4 – Fabric You Hate
Ugh! Even if you spent “good money on it” there’s no point in keeping fabric around that you’re not in love with. Maybe it didn’t wash well, or perhaps it was a difficult fabric to sew. Whatever the reason, you’re going to continue overlooking it for your next project – and it’s going to sit there unused for years to come.
Declutter that fabric and free up the space for something you love.
5 – Yarn That Doesn’t Knit Well
You saw it in the bargain bin and thought that the colors would make a nice scarf… only it didn’t have the right weight in the end. So, instead of it morphing into a wearable piece of art, that yarn has been tossed in a box and picked over time and time again.
Donate craft supplies like these to schools or other groups with kids.
6 – Old Paintbrushes You Meant to Clean
…but didn’t. Oops!
And now those paintbrushes are too far gone. Also, the fact that you haven’t had the need to clean them since their last use shows just how much you actually use them (not often!).
It’s best to throw these brushes away and replace with fresh brushes (when/if you need them) that you make sure to clean as soon as you’re done using them.
7 – Old Paints and Glues
Especially ones that have been slightly left open and now are half dried up. Ditch them asap!
For anything that can be salvaged, consolidate with other paint or glue containers.
8 – Craft Items You Had Intentions of Using
That craft kit that’s still in its packaging…
Those spare tiles you collected from a garage sale…
You had all the ideas and plans to make all the things with these items.
Only now it’s been 2 years and they are still sitting there unused. Now is the time to get real. If you haven’t used them in that amount of time, chances are you never will.
9 – Broken Items You May “Someday” Craft
When you’re crafty, you see endless crafting possibilities with just about anything. It’s part of the charm of crafting: being able to turn random pieces into something beautiful.
So, for people like us, it makes absolute sense to keep broken trinkets and gadgets and clothing in the hopes of it being the perfect missing component of your future masterpiece. Ask me about the broken disco ball I found on the street and then proceeded to move from not one apartment but two…
Only there’s a fine line between having a fun stash and creating craft clutter. After a certain amount of time has passed, either put that item to use in a project or get rid of it.
10 – Half-finished projects
There’s probably a reason you haven’t finished those projects. Maybe you don’t actually like knitting and that’s why you’ll never have that scarf that you started 3 winters ago.
Why keep it around? All it’s doing is creating clutter while simultaneously making you feel a little bad about yourself whenever you see it. Focus your time and energy on what matters instead.
Recap on Getting Rid of Craft Clutter:
When going through your supplies, it’s important to:
- Get real with it!
- Think about how often (or if ever) you’ve used the items.
- Understand that everything is replaceable, for the most part.
- Think about if you even like that crafting activity.
- Know that getting rid of craft clutter can open the door to new crafting possibilities.
So what are you waiting for? Go through your craft supplies today and get rid of the items that are no longer serving you.
Let us know what sort of craft clutter you are getting rid of in the comments below!
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