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Delcuttering Craft Supplies Made Easier

I know I need to make decluttering progress in the sewing room, which as it turns out is much harder for me to do then the rest of the house. I guess it's because I like my sewing goodies more then I like household stuff. 

Decluttering the sewing room is harder because so much of the stuff is small useful items that I don't think will make any difference to the overall clutter. 

For instance this little box full of cotton and ribbon reels.

Empty reels can be useful but are they mostly just clutter?


I could find oh so many things to do with these empty reels, but the thing is that although I could do something with them, such as turning these reels into sponge stamps or using them as funky feet on a box transformation project, I won't. 

I won't because there are at least a million other things that are more important to me to do then making groovy cool stuff out of empty cotton reels. These possible projects are the reason I have held onto this clutter.

Possible projects that aren't likely to happen.

If I keep thinking about all the things I would prefer to be spending my time on, things that are probable projects, instead of thinking about possible projects, it is soooo much easier to let these reels and other small useful items go.

"think about all the things I'd prefer to be spending my time on"

Regardless, I still couldn't bring myself to just throw the whole box into the recycling bin where it probably belongs. 

So I sorted through the reels. I'm keeping the ones I am most likely to use for storing trims and bias binding.

Empty reels, how many will really get used?

The rest of the reels I put into a zip-lock bag and threw it in the donation pile. It might be just the thing someone needs for their crafty afternoon.

Empty reels can be useful but are they mostly just clutter?

Although that doesn't seem like a huge amount of progress on it's own I know that the little things add up. They add up so much that my hallway is filling up again

Empty reels can be useful but are they mostly just clutter?

10 comments:

  1. I am a craft supplies hoarder myself. I blame my compulsion to keep every bits of odd ends on the fact that a lot of things were until recently hard to come by in India where I live. But the truth is that I was doing it for years even before moving to India.
    I have that compulsion to not want anything to go to waste, which would be good if I lived in a mansion with an entire basement or a few rooms dedicated to empty jars, bits of ribbons, empty cardboard boxes and bottle caps :-) not so good when you live in a 1200 sq ft flat in Mumbai

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    1. Me too Cynthia, and I've finally realised that mansion isn't ever going to happen and I better get started on sorting out the mess *sigh*

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  2. Ohhh I have to do this declutter for my craft supplies too...and I feel so bored on this project...

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  3. I need to declutter so bad. It can be so hard. I've inherited the mind set that makes me think, "I might need this for something...." Ugh! I'm about to have the whole summer off though, so I should put the time to use and really clear things out.

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    1. It gets easier. I promise. Just start with the no-brainers and when you come across those harder items just move on. Next time they'll be easier.

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  4. Hi, I'm here from Monday Madness. Did you HAVE to say declutter your craft supplies? lol
    That is one area in which I fail. I want to keep all the things!

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    1. Yes, sorry. I could only avoid it for so long, but I've gotta face it. I really do. I want to keep ALL THE THINGS too.

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  5. And here I thought this was a new accomplishment. I need an update!

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    1. Ooops, sorry, I was just trying to say on fb that the 31 things in 31 days series isn't the first time I've tried to get the sewing room sorted, and that makes it much harder this time because the first round of easy stuff is gone. I should have an update for you tomorrow =) I hope you can wait that long!

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