Organization 101: Decluttering your Crafting Station
Crafting is a great outlet for de-stressing and getting those creative juices flowing. Especially with all of the strain and anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The philosopher Sun-Tzu has been attributed with the quote, “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”
That may be true for crafters who find a challenge in creating opportunities out of chaos. But if your crafting station has become a little too cluttered recently, don’t worry.
This guide will give you some organization tips for ways to declutter your crafting station area. Keep reading for more decluttering tips for your crafting station.
Decluttering Your Crafting Station
Whether your crafting station is in a whole room of its own, the garage, a walk-in closet, or just a small corner of another room. Having an organized space is vital to enjoying your space and being able to find what you need with ease.
Following these organization tips will have your crafting station in tip-top shape in no time.
Decide What to Keep and What to Toss
If you don’t know where specific items are, it can cause more stress tearing everything apart trying to find them. This is also time wasted that could have been part of your relaxing crafting time.
Crafters tend to hold onto every little scrap, bow, trinket, and any other findings they come across. The intent is to use these items for craft projects, but over time, these items can clutter up our surroundings and overflow into other areas.
The first step of the decluttering process involves sitting down and going through your craft supplies. You will need to decide what is worth keeping and what is no longer worth holding onto.
This may seem daunting at first, especially if you have a lot of supplies. But like any good organizational project, this is a crucial part of the process that needs to be undertaken to achieve a clutter-free crafting station.
If tossing craft supplies seems like too much of a waste, try donating them to a school, church, or a friend or family member that can make better use of them.
Take Your Time
You don’t need to dive headfirst into cleaning up your crafting station. In fact, trying to do it all in one day could be overwhelming. You’ll either get in over your head or abandon the process altogether. Or you’ll get distracted and put it off indefinitely because you don’t know where to start.
One of the best decluttering tips is to take it a little bit at a time. Focus on a particular task or area. Set aside at least 10-15 minutes at a time to tackle one part a day.
Set a reminder on your phone for certain days or times when you will be able to devote some time to it. This will help to keep you accountable to stick with the task. Get a friend or family member to assist you with cleaning and sorting.
By breaking up the task into smaller and more manageable pieces, you are more likely to stay with it until the job is done.
Set a Goal
While you shouldn’t rush the decluttering process, you also shouldn’t linger too long on deciding what stays and what goes. Avoid being over-attached or sentimental about every item.
It can be easy to get distracted by what you find. Or to talk yourself into keeping things again hoping this time you’ll actually find a use for them.
Don’t get caught up in this cycle. Before starting, set a goal for yourself and what you want to accomplish. For instance, clearing out at least two boxes of items to throw away or donate.
While you’re going through items, a good rule of thumb to follow is if you haven’t used it in over a year, you’re probably not going to anytime soon. Don’t hold onto items endlessly with the promise that someday you may get around to using them.
Set a Time and Date
If need be, set a reasonable date of completion for decluttering your craft station. Not too far in the future that you’ll never commit to finishing, but not too quickly that you’ll give up altogether.
Set a timer for when you start on a task. This will ensure that you spend the allotted amount of time on a task without getting distracted or spending too much time on one objective.
Buy Appropriately Sized Storage Containers
Keeping your items in flimsy and oversized cardboard boxes only adds to the clutter and frustration of not being able to find your items. Purchasing clear plastic containers with snap-on lids will keep your items visible and protected from liquid and moisture.
For smaller items, buy containers with built-in dividers and attached closable lids to organize your items and keep them separated. These are ideal for craft items such as buttons, beads, jewelry charms, and other little craft items.
If the container accidentally falls, your items will remain safe in the closed box and not spill all over the floor.
Label Your Containers
Labeling containers clearly will assure that the contents of each one will be readily identifiable. This will help even if you do purchase clear containers over solid ones. Try plain masking tape and a permanent marker to easily label them.
If space is limited, utilize rolling craft carts. They are equipped to hold several drawers of materials at once. All in a compact and convenient multipurpose cart.
Use Wall-Mounted Units
Make the most out of your existing space with wall-mounted units. Built-in drawers or bins keep your items safe and secure on the wall while still being in reach. Ideal for pegboard and Slatwall to hold and mount many storage and display components.
Maximize your space by using empty wall space for hanging wall organizers. Cabinets, baskets, and wall-mounted cubbies, as well as bookcases, can all put small space to good use.
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When your crafting station is organized and clutter-free, you will feel more in control of your surroundings.
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