Craft clutter has this way of creeping inYou get all your craft stuff organised into cute little containers and then you turn around and the evil pixies have come in the middle of the night and rearranged everything into pure chaos.
Of course the naughty pixies don't really come in the middle of the night.
The clutter creeps in bit by bit and when you look around there's five rolls of half used sticky tape and a dozen seam rippers; but only two of them are sharp, you're not sure which two so you hold onto them all until you figure out which ones are still sharp.
Pens breed like clothes hangers and you can never ever find a pencil sharpener when you want one; which is why you switched to mechanical pencils but the lead refills seem to have eloped with the pencil sharpeners.
At least that's how it happens in my crafting and sewing space.
I don't want clutter stealing my craft time any more, so I'm trying to figure out why this happens and how I can improve upon what I'm doing currently.
I've been doing
Keeping the packaging makes sense to me
If I need to return something obviously I'll need the packaging.
If I keep the new thing in it's packet I'll know it's the new one; until I open it and the new seam ripper joins the other zillion seam rippers and gets lost in the crowd.
I also seem to think that if I keep the packaging it will help me stay organised, because if I put the crochet hooks back into the packet they came in I'll always be able to find them, easily identify what size they are - even though it's written on the actual hooks themselves - and it will keep them free of dust.
These sound like perfectly logical reasons to keep the packaging right? But they're not.
Why is this supposedly perfect logic flawed?
How long do you have something before you know if you will need to return it? Let's be honest. Not very long right? After you've used it a couple of times at most.
If I ditched all the old blunt seam rippers once they no longer do their job properly the new one wouldn't get lost in the crowd any more.
I would need to actually put the crochet hooks back into the packaging for the brilliant 'organising' system to work, and I do...for a little while...and then I don't. Instead I keep my hooks in a pencil case. It works great but I can't fit the packaging in as well as the hooks. Which begs the question why do I still have the packaging? If I knew that I wouldn't be writing this post.
All that packaging takes up space. It might not seem like that little bit of packaging takes up much space; until you multiply it by lots of little packages and suddenly half your draw or organiser is filled with junk.
So I'm just going to throw the packaging away. And that is
Do you like to keep packaging? Why?