Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Cleaning

It seems like my "spare" room is in continual need of Spring cleaning. I've blogged about this before, but it just seems like it won't stay clean! I'm getting really close to being fully organized, though, which has been hard as I've expanded my inventory and the types of crafts I'm doing. I think my (perhaps misguided) perpetual optimism helps a lot. I always think that this is the time everything will stay in place!

Over the winter, since I've been too busy with my day job to create much new, I've tried to do little things, like cull out old beads (you know, the ones that came in a package of twenty that you only have one left of which you know you'll never use?). I put all of these singles or doubles into a Ziplock and put it in my giveaway box. I know I may wish I hadn't later, but today's peace of mind at gaining an empty container to put new beads in supersedes tomorrow's regret.

The other thing I'm doing, somewhat painfully, is deciding what kinds of art supplies I want to keep. I know, I gasp at the thought of getting rid of any of it, but I have to be honest. It seemed like a great idea at the time to buy a drawer full of rubber stamps when they were on sale, because I thought it would be great to start making my own cards, but then I thought about all the other supplies I need to make cards. You got it - most of those supplies I do not have.

I think I'll sort and keep a few, after all, you never know what I might do tomorrow, but then I'll call my sister and see if she or my niece would like some new stamps. If they don't, I know a few other people who may be interested, people who already use them and always need more.

Don't worry, though, because all that ribbon that doesn't have a project yet? I'm keeping all of that. :)

Is anyone else in the same boat as me, cleaning out things like it's going out of style - or at least attempting to?


  1. I know where you're coming from...I hate to throw craft items out...or give them away, cuz you'll never know when I might need them. lol

  2. I totally understand the need for spring cleaning. Personally, though, I don't buy supplies for a craft unless I know for sure that I'm going to do it. Good luck letting go, tho!

  3. Well, I always have an initial plan! The stamps were on super-sale, and I was going to use them to decorate things like our typed out Christmas letter to give it more pizazz, but I ran out of time and then my pens didn't work to color them in for a different project... so that's when they were put in the drawer.

  4. The last time I made a sweep of my craft supplies, I filled several huge boxes and took them to work, where a co-worker was taking donations in kind for a fundraiser. But that was, hmm, at least six years ago. My supplies have since busted out of the under-the-stairs crawl-in closet and filled the empty-nest bedroom. Now I'm spending on Space Bags and shelving. Ack! I always have such good intentions when I buy supplies. Sigh.


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