It’s the dog days of summer! That means it’s time to do open the doors and windows, breathe in fresh air, do some deep cleaning and get organized for fall. Your craft room should be no exception.
The space where you do your crafting should be a peaceful, inspirational spot where you can create beautiful projects. It can be pretty hard to be inspired when you’re surrounded by clutter. Even worse, if you can’t locate the craft supplies you need for a project, you may just accumulate doubles, spending more than you need and creating more clutter.
So include craft room organization in your summer cleaning plans. We’ll show you what to keep and what to purge.
Craft Room Organization: What to Purge
Stock up on craft storage and begin your organizing by looking at all your items. Determine if you used them in the past few months. Ask yourself these key questions:
- Have I used this tool in the past six months?
- Do I have a specific project or need for it?
- Do I love it?
If the answers are no, it’s probably a craft tool or item you should be purging. Other items you should be purging:
- Anything that has dried or become unusable with age, which can include some types of paint, ink and craft glue
- If you have duplicates of items, keep the highest quality one and purge the rest
- Uncompleted projects you know you will never finish
- Scraps of fabric or other items that aren’t enough to use for a project
- Things you just don’t want to do anymore – your crafting interests may change over time and if you’re not into scrapbooking anymore, don’t hang on to those supplies
Purging doesn’t have to be tossing those items in the trash can, either. Donate items to your local school art department or youth group. They’ll be thrilled to receive craft supplies.
Craft Room Organization: What to Keep
Items to keep in your craft room include:
- Expensive, larger craft tools
- Craft basics you can use for a variety of projects
- Embellishments and other items you love
- Supplies you use often
Do you have items or supplies you’re just not sure about? Those that don’t quite fit into either category? Keep them in a “maybe” area or box. Date the box and check back a year later. If you still haven’t used the items in the box a year later, purge them.
Do you participate in annual purging of your craft supplies? What’s the craziest item you’ve kept over the years? Share below!
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