I was a crafter once. Scrapbooker, bead stringer, home décor sewer, quilter, and more. And as much as I crafted, I was even more of a collector of supplies. I had plenty of space for it all, yet it overflowed right off the shelves.
Over the last few years, I lost interest in crafting. I started a few sewing projects, which still sit unfinished in my craft room. As do several necklaces and photo albums. So much wasted money, space, resources, and time in all those now idle supplies and unrealized projects.
Several weeks ago I set out to liquidate
all most of the stuff. I planned to donate and sell as much as possible. Ruthless reduction.
It was going well; paper and stickers began to accumulate pretty quickly in a “giveaway” pile. A stack of empty storage containers began to grow in a corner of the room. I even threw out entire envelopes of old photos (along with the negatives) that were just plain crummy. But as I sorted, nostalgia set in. What I realized while holding all those beautiful colors and textures in my hands is that I still love crafting. Sigh.
Unfortunately, the creation of craft items can be at odds with maintaining a simple and uncluttered home. So now my goal is finding a way to use those supplies to create items that are actually useful, not just clutter.
After brainstorming, searching the internet, pinning a ton of ideas, and already trying out a few that failed miserably, I have some works-in-progress that I think fit the bill. I’ll be sharing them with you soon!
I’m still getting rid of a lot of stuff. Step one is donating a large box of scrapbooking supplies to our public library for their annual fundraiser:
I’ll also be putting together a box of items to donate to the art room at our elementary school.