If you’re not a crafter, you can let out a huge sigh of relief (and get a head start on toys and kitchen gadgets).
I totally do NOT consider myself a crafter. Invitations to “crafternoons” give me hives. Yet, ironically, crazily, oddly enough, my girls and I do this thing called The Dancing Elephant where we–get this–make and sell crafts to support our favorite ministries in Cambodia.
I know. Absolute insanity.
But here’s why it doesn’t make me crazy. We’ve made a conscious decision to super-streamline what we do (right now that’s cards and magnets–and sometimes a few other things).
This: 1.) cuts down on the amount of supplies we need; 2.) keeps me from getting overwhelmed.
When you live in a small apartment and your bedroom doubles as your husband’s office and your kitchen table doubles as your office and your daughter’s bedroom doubles as your other daughters’ bedrooms and your Dancing Elephant Workshop doubles as your living room floor, well. You can’t be getting all complicated.
All that to say this: if you’re a crafter/scrapbooker and find yourself way too overwhelmed to work on your stuff and you can’t remember the last time you ACTUALLY FINISHED SOMETHING (maybe it was never), then it’s time to downsize, de-clutter, purge, whatever you want to call it.
I’m going to use a friend of mine as an example. A few weeks ago, her husband hired The Dancing Elephant to purge her craft room. WHILE SHE WASN’T HOME. (This is a bad, bad idea, I told her husband. And it was.)
But then she made us a list of things in her craft room that she didn’t love, projects she started years ago and quite honestly will probably never want to finish. Supplies and kits she bought on sale (just because they were on sale) but now they’re out-of-date. Scraps that she might possibly use for something (but more likely will just buy new stuff she actually likes).
Then we went through her craft room again and could purge with confidence and joy. So much better.
I have another friend who’s a big crafter. Except mostly what she loves is COLLECTING (hoarding) craft supplies. Her supply closets/bookshelves/bins are huge and much and many. And, for the most part, they are organized quite nicely. Except when she wants to do a project, it takes about 40 minutes to look through the stash for the perfect items, 20 minutes to get them all to the table, and by that time, she’s too tired to craft. The fun is in the collecting.
But it’s never enough. And it’s lacking in purpose. And it’s very, very, very expensive. (and also takes a lot of time to shop for)
1. I know you spent a lot (lot lot) of money on your supplies.
2. And I know you hate to see them go to waste.
3. But I also know you don’t have the time/freedom to do what you reeeeeally want to do because everything else is in the way.
1. The money is already gone. (cut your losses)
2. Let’s use up what you’ve got (and if it’s something you can’t bring yourself to use, because ew, then GET RID OF IT).
3. Evaluate your stash and clear out EVERYTHING you don’t love. (donate it or toss it)
4. Refine your vision of what you want your crafting to be about. Whatever doesn’t fit the vision goes.
Here’s what we’ve got for The Dancing Elephant:
–paper cutter, corner rounder, 1″ circle punch.
–4×5 cards/envelopes (khaki/white).
–12×12 pad of patterned paper, a few other papers already cut to size and rounded, stickers.
–scissors, glue sticks.
–paint, brushes, canvasses.
–Scrabble tiles, Probe cards.
–2 sizes of round magnets, e600 glue, craft glue, flat marbles, buttons, bottle caps.
No more saving stuff up for maybe. We only buy stuff with coupons (or when it’s 50% off) and we only buy what we can use quickly. We’ve been given (sometimes because we asked for it and sometimes because we’re crap magnets) a lot of stuff, but we decided we just can’t stay on top of it and don’t have room for it. So away it goes!
Today’s Baby Step Challenge:
Tell me a little more about your craft life. What weaknesses/struggles you have and your dream for what could be.
Today’s Little-Bit-Bigger Challenge:
Share your vision. Then do some purging.
Today’s Big Daddy Challenge:
Share your vision, then do a buttload of purging.
You’ve got this, friends!! So proud of you!!