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One Easy Way To Reduce Craft Clutter

Craft clutter has this way of creeping in

You 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 some a lot of decluttering and I've noticed I like to keep the packaging for crafty things and sewing notions.


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.

Easy!


So I'm just going to throw the packaging away. And that is one lots less things that contribute to the clutter creep.  Easy! Right??  After all the best way to avoid clutter is to have less stuff that can become clutter.


Do you like to keep packaging? Why?




15 comments:

  1. LOL. I too have a hard time with craft clutter, and find that what I keep are the scraps of things. I keep them because "I might need them". Which begs the question, how long to I keep 4 centimeters of ribbon before I get rid of it? I think I'll follow your example and start throwing away the scraps.
    Thanks for this post. :)
    MommyCrusader.com

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    1. Those scraps really accumulate don't they? I had a whole box just for ribbon scraps. In a moment of bravery and decluttering frenzy I threw them out. Once or twice I have wished I hadn't but was able to find suitable substitutes. I have fabric scraps and more fabric scraps. I even wrote a post about scraping the scraps. So I know exactly what you mean. There comes a point where having that room for new supplies is more important. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your great party too :o)

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  2. I don't keep any packaging, but I'm a quilter and find it very hard to throw any scraps of material away. #MondayMadness

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    1. I wish I knew a quilter who would love to have all my scraps. I don't know if I would be better or worse off as a quilter, but I suspect it wouldn't be terribly helpful.

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  3. It is so hard for me to throw scraps away, and if I do I usually need them for another project next week! Plus, people give me all kinds of scraps since they know I'm a crafty person. There's never an end to my craft clutter!

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    1. I'm always scared I would need them the following week, and more then once wish I'd kept it. But then I have to wonder if I hadn't thrown it away would I have remembered I even had it?

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  4. Oh my gosh! I allllways want to keep the packaging "just in case" I need to return it. I've finally started to get a little better about this, but everyone and then - the less sure I am of something - I think I need to keep it. I just got a sewing machine and with that came a lot of new gadgets and items I needed to buy for the first time, I actually ended up getting a large rubbermaid and some smaller containers to put inside of it that keep things pretty well organized. The biggest deterrent for me from keeping original packaging is that it's not uniform when I'm trying to pack and store - so that has indirectly helped me get rid of some of it! Thanks for sharing - glad to know I'm not alone!

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    1. You are most definitely not alone! I hope you have loads of fun using your new sewing machine , how exciting!

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  5. I have so much work to do in my craft room!! I would love for you to share your stuff on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday-Link Party that starts tomorrow!! I would love to have you!! http://www.cookinandcraftin.com/my-2-favorite-things-on-thursday-link-party-6/

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    1. Craft rooms endlessly need work! Thanks for the party invite.

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    2. Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope you come back and share some more!! Pinned!

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  6. Great ideas...some I already use, but others are new to me and very useful! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hello beautiful! Amazing ideas. I can't wait to try them. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Happy Valentines' Day! Lou Lou Girls

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