Bargain Hunting Led Me to Excess and Clutter
When I worked full-time outside the home and had just 1 child, my house was pretty neat and orderly. Now, I work from home and it seems as though each time our family has grown, so has the size of our home, and I always seem to
find a way to fill up the additional space with "stuff".
I no longer go clothes-shopping as often, but since I opened my paper crafting shop, I find myself buying unnecessary crafting supplies, just because they were "good deals". The problem became apparent a few months after we moved and my dream-come-true sized craft room was still not organized.
Yet, I kept buying more supplies.
like the Sizzix Boutique Embosser, more Cricut Cartridges and my ultimate weakeness: cute stickers!
The craft desk I can't use because there is too much stuff on top,
oh and more unpacked things underneath!
I have plenty of craft storage, but it isn't truly organized *sigh*
It is going to take a lot of self-discipline but I've decided to identify needs vs. wants and put the needs first (thanks Aunt Jean for this tip)! I'm happy to say since last week, I haven't bought any "oooo, that would be perfect" scrapbook paper, embellishments or tools I've only purchased what I have an immediate need for (can't say the same for clothes but baby steps right?).
Now comes the hard part, clearing out all the excess stuff that I don't need and probably won't use. As for the supplies, I could destash them in my shop; sell them on Ebay, Craigslist, have a yard sale. With so many options, sometimes I find myself doing nothing. Why the sense of urgency? Not only is the clutter stifling my creativity, but we are moving yet again this summer and I don't want to carry any "extras" with me. So, I've committed to
spending 15 minutes a day
decluttering my craft space. Yes, I think that breaking the task down into bite-sized bits of time, I won't get overwhelmed and run away (or log onto Facebook!). You can check my weekly progress here on my blog!
How do YOU get rid of your excess supplies and tools? I've love to hear, so leave me a comment! Now, I'm off for my 1st 15 minutes of purging!