Now that you have a plan to get your craft space organized, it’s time for the fun part: Sorting through your supply stash!
Yes, I said that this is the fun part… because if you’re anything like me, you’ll find a few things that you forgot you even had. It’s like finding a bonus craft supply order in your mailbox!
The Sorting Test: 2 Key Questions
Fun aside, there is definitely some work to be done, too. Know how the experts tell you to go through your closet and organize your clothes into Save, Fix and Toss piles? You will be doing something similar with your crafting supplies. Set aside a spot for each of your organizational sections, a trash bag, and 2 additional piles: Things to Fix, and Things to Donate.
Bonus tip: Set a pen and a “Craft Supplies I Need to Buy” list next to the trash bag. Lists like these keep me from sitting down in a month to work on something and discovering that I don’t actually have that gorilla glue I was planning to use anymore.
Go through your stash and assign each item to a pile. If an item could possibly fit into two different organizational sections, put it in the pile that you think you will use more often. (You can always move it later.) As you sort your craft supplies this way, make sure to ask yourself two key questions about each item:
- Is this item in good working order?
- Is it still useful for my crafting needs?
If a craft supply or tool is not in good working order, you need to decide whether it is worth fixing or needs to be thrown out. Place broken but fixable items in their own pile–you’ll want to deal with those as soon as the sorting is finished. Some things, like the broken pencils above, will simply need to be sharpened or cleaned up. You should properly dispose of anything that is in such poor condition that it is dangerous or unusable.
Items that fail the personal usefulness test are a lot trickier. If they are items that you couldn’t easily replace or might occasionally use, store them appropriately. I have one box in the back my closet that contains these types of tools and supplies, and I taped a list of its contents on the outside of the box to remind me what’s inside. I’m putting a few other items in a separate box with a deadline for using them.
If the item in question is usable but belongs to a project that you have abandoned and cannot be repurposed, don’t be afraid to get rid of it. Offer these items to a fellow crafter, consider selling them singly or as a destash lot on Etsy, or inquire with your local art teachers and after-school community groups to see if they can use them as supplies.
Once you have everything sorted, get to work fixing those items that are broken but salvageable. Sharpen your pencils, clean your tools, and get everything ready to be organized… tips for that will come in the next post!
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Content Manager for ConsumerCrafts by day, enthusiastic trash picker, gardener and DIY crafter by night! Most of my projects are inspired by my love of vintage jewelry – or the challenge of finding creative new uses for materials.
When I grow up, I want to be MacGuyver.