Being a Multi-Crafter means that I have lots of craft stash (another term for craft room supplies). I have had a few major decluttering sessions over the years, and last year got most of it organised into Ikea Kallax cubes. I thought I now had my dream craft room, but my crafty mojo was still hiding. I have been rarely creating anything. Then I realised recently that I enjoy crafting when in a group – and that is enough. Any crafting is enough. Organising craft room supplies should not be a hobby, but it has taken over for so many people. Look at YouTube and see the hundreds of videos of craft room tours. You do not need to have a craft room that looks like a shop. You do not need to buy every new product in a design range.
I have made a short video showing my craft room as it is now (which looks very tidy and simplified already).
I am going to keep the basics that I may need to use in future craft workshops (I can normally borrow from someone else anyway), plus the few tools that I have bought in the past couple of years and want to use more.
Everything will be offered to members of our local craft groups first, and anything else worth selling will be on Facebook.
Our intention is to downsize to a smaller home in the next 5 years. I would like to just have one small Ikea Kallax unit (2 x 4 cubes), so that is my aim. Just looking at that now makes me feel less restricted. I have been crafting seriously since 2004 and gradually increased my stash – from 2 drawers in a spare room and a small folding table, to my current large craft room and a lot of storage. I used to make a lot more projects when I had less stash; less choice. A lot of my crafting has always been digital. I love the tech side of it and not having a physical item to display/store unless you really want to print it out or create a book.
Perhaps that is one reason why I was attracted to Bible Journaling, as it is literally contained within one book, and due to the nature of the paper you cannot use a lot of mixed media type crafting.
I have been using one of my own craft journals to record the stash I have, which will be a great help now to decide what is leaving my craft room. You can see my full range of books for crafty people HERE.
Living with chronic pain and fatigue, crafting has been a huge part of my life: a fantastic way to distract me from health struggles. That will continue, but it will look different. Since starting to simplify my life in so many different ways, to enable me to concentrate on my health and other really important aspects of life, crafting has moved to something that I go out to do.
Are you a crafter, or do you have another hobby that means you have ‘collected’ a lot of stuff?
How about getting a box or bag now and doing 5 minutes of simplifying? Just making a start is often the hardest part.
Where am I going to start?
The 2 cubes full of crafting magazines that I never look at.
Comment below with your progress, and remember I am always here if you have a question.
Until next time.