What to do with all those projects you're holding onto

How To Declutter Your Crafts So That You Can Be Crafty

Having a room full of crafts doesn’t make you crafty!

What do you do when the things you love to do are cluttering up your heart and mind? You know – that craft room you have packed full of things you want to make “one day” code for never? Or that yoga punch card you bought but haven’t used? And the half started, never finished DIY home projects you found on pinterest and lost the motivation to complete?

Those are just as much clutter as the piles of stuff you had laying around your house and they need to go!

Start with all the things you have bought with the intention of creating and then NEVER started.

Those are the easy ones. Yes, it may feel like you are throwing away (Hopefully giving away) something that means a lot to you, and something you would really love to make or do – but let’s be honest. If we held onto every single project we ever wanted to do “one day” we would all have houses that looked like Hobby Lobby’s clearance section. That’s not good for our mental state.

Next, move onto the projects you started BUT never finished.

If you’re being honest with yourself have no intention to finish. Maybe it really wasn’t as fun as you thought it would be, was above your skill set, or just ended up being a different process or experience you were originally hoping for. Whatever the reason is, you started it, and now it just doesn’t feel like something fun to finish, or it’s too overwhelming to finish.

Finally go through what’s left and KEEP the things you know you love to create with.

It’s really rare that someone loves to do ALL crafts. Normally they love one or two types of creative projects. For me, it’s painting on canvas. I have tried many things – knitting, crocheting, sewing, custom vinyl, scrapbooking, sketching, watercolors. I like those things. Sometimes. Not enough to keep supplies on hand at home. Painting though – THAT lights my soul up. I could paint for days and days and days and stop only to eat and drink and be completely happy.

It makes me REALLY happy to have painting supplies on hand at home so I can use them when I feel inspired to use them.

I get stressed out to have a closet full (maybe even a room full) up creative projects I just wanted to try and have left to collect dust.

When you have what is left organize them using this technique I use to organize my stuff.

Crafting supplies can be expensive and this can really feel like a big waste of money to get rid of this stuff – but totally honest, the money has already been spent. Now it’s COSTING you in different ways – your time, energy and sanity. Those can’t be quantified, but they shouldn’t be ignored.

How to be creative without keeping ALL the things

As a mom, I think it is really important to make time for the creative projects that spark excitement and happiness in you, but we can’t keep houses full of all those things. Luckily there are SO many ways to fulfill those creative projects needs when you get the itch without hoarding them and letting them overrun your home.
There are SO many craft night classes you can take that cover everything from woodworking to sewing to cooking to knitting. You can go participate in one of those and figure out what you really love that way. Plus you get to see other adults who are also seeing a creative outlet like yourself. Usually you even get a really pretty end product to bring home and display for your family.

It feels good to be creative and it feels GREAT to create something.

When we take on too many projects and hoard too many supplies it has the opposite effect on us. We are left feeling uninspired and overwhelmed. I hope this helps you to simplify the projects you are taking on and you can start to feel like the creative, passionate creator of a mom you know you are!

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  1. You have suddenly made me think about all the different craft materials I have as I’m having a big sort out due to buying a wonderful new secretary desk for my new hobby of calligraphy started recently as I was given a course by my family for last Christmas, something I’d longed to do for many years. I have recently had steroid injections in my left hand for trigger thumb and finger and so had to rest my hand and had lots of time to think. I’ve had an operation on my right hand in the past and the doctor recently told me to be careful about using hard handled tools like spades and forks for gardening and there’s me worrying about giving away my Lino cutting set I’ve not used very much anyway as I think I might use it in the future. Duh, do I want to cripple my hands? The same with the sewing of temari balls. They are just too hard on my hands, so why am I keeping the book and materials when I have precious little space anyway.
    I was able to give away my dressmaking form recently to a young student on Freecycle who desperately needed one for her A-levels and haven’t missed it at all. It was an old dream when I couldn’t afford one and I bought it too late.
    You have truly given me a new slant on how to think about my craft materials. I am a mom but my children have flown the nest and have children of their own who are ready to fly the nest themselves.

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