Uncovering the Creative Areas

(Pix from making cards with my daughter the other day)

For many people the craft/hobby room or area is the most difficult to declutter. The #1 thing that holds people back is thinking they are going to finish all the projects in there.

If you declutter a project maybe that means you failed, never finish anything or wasted money.

It could also mean you learned what you needed to from that project, your optional project is no longer fun, or it’s from a different lifetime for you.

Be clear on which projects you actually want to do. It’s also important to know how many more projects you can do. Will you have time to use all those scrapbooking supplies, bushels of yarn or boxes of fabric?

If not, a local school or art center would love your hand-me-downs. I know of a church sewing group that makes things for people that need them.

When inspiration hits, don’t you want a clear space to work? Or do you want to be going through boxes and boxes of stuff? Keeping everything in hopes of an item igniting inspiration often backfires when there is too much stuff. The mind freezes and the creative mojo runs away.

I prefer to buy things for a particular project. I don’t go to Michael’s picking up a bit of this and a bit of that in hopes I will use it someday.

Now this room doesn’t need to be perfect (none of them do). Creative spaces often have a bit of disarray. The question to ask yourself is, “Is this disarray helping or hurting my creativity?”


Now: Maintain

Quarterly decide on your next creative projects. If you are done with (either finished or decided you will not complete) any creative project, declutter the supplies.