This Weekend: Take a Good Long Look at Your Craft Stash

This Weekend: Take a Good Long Look at Your Craft Stash

Dabney Frake
Feb 6, 2016
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(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

There's a lot of emotion around craft materials and DIY supplies. We feel guilt for all the ribbons, fabric, yarn, glue, and glitter in our possession. (Believe me, I understand. One day I'll show you my closet.) At the same time, getting rid of stuff feels like you're stomping on your project dreams, and crushing the might-have-beens in your creative future. This weekend, try to mitigate the feelings coming at you from both directions.

This Weekend's Assignment: Take a loving but firm approach to culling and organizing your overflowing collection of craft supplies, hobby materials, and DIY tools.

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Step #1: Assess Everything You Own

Open up that closet or drawer or storage bin or entire room — wherever it is that you store your supplies — and take a good look at what you've got. Sort through everything, creating a couple of piles: 1) must keep; 2) trash; and 3) donate. You don't have to go full-on minimalist, but try to push it, even just a little bit. If you're unsure of what to hang onto and what to get rid of, this might help you out:

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Step #2: Organize What's Left

Once you've set aside the things you don't need, it's about taming the ones you're keeping. (Because, of course, you still have plenty of stuff to make and things to play around with!) Come up with a do-able and functional set up that corrals your loose or tiny bits, categorizes your collection, and organizes all the stuff. Look around your home for containers to reuse that will work well for each type of item, and, most importantly, make sure every item has a place to live when you're not using it.

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Step #3: Donate or Organize a Swap

Grab a group of fellow DIYers and artsy folk, and swap your old supplies for new-to-you ones. Goodwill and other thrift stores will also take fabric, buttons, and many craft supplies. Or, consider giving remaining materials to your favorite teacher, school, or children's program.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. Whether you've purged a little or did a full stash makeover, you are ahead of the game. Now get crafting!

SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject. We'd LOVE to see what your space looked like when you got started, and what it looks like now!

Check out the 2016 Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access Weekend Project ideas and download the February Home Checklist. It's a great, low-pressure way to keep your life running smoothly and maintain a happy & healthy home!

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