Clutter, clutter everywhere! Clutter, clutter in my hair!
Recently, our church had a yard sale, and I was happy to contribute some items. However, when I began to look around my house for items to donate, I was overcome with “clutterphobia.” They say that “someone else’s trash is our treasure.” But in that moment of truth, I had discovered that by allowing myself to live with clutter, that I was actually stifling my creativity. There was a lack of inspiration and motivation to finish all those unfinished projects.
I would like to share some of the tips that I have implemented in my continued effort to de-clutter my home. I hope you find these helpful.
. Sort through items you want to keep, give away, or throw away. I found if I put items in boxes and marked keep, donate/give away, or throw away, that the task seemed less overwheming. At this time of year, depending on the items, you can donate clothing, unused craft supplies, furniture, and decorative items to local churches, rescue missions, the Salvation Army, shelters, or YMCA’s. Before you purchase an item, if you stop and ask whether you want it or need it, chances are you don’t need it. So don’t buy it.
. Don’t try to do it all! I have been crafting for over 30 years and have collected my share of stashes. But when I began to de-clutter, I realized that I had purchased two machines over the past few years, a Cricut and embroidery machine, that I never used. So I donated the Cricut with all the accessories to our local elementary school and the embroidery machine to a dear friend who happened to be looking for one. What joy in giving! It felt like two heavy burdens had been lifted. In trying to do it all, I lost sight of what I had a passion about. So if you have something just sitting around, evaluate whether or not you are truly going to learn it and whether you have a passion for it. Don’t hold on to that “until someday” mentality. Do it or let it go!
. Start and finish one project at a time. Too many unfinished projects lying around can make you feel overwhelmed so that none of them get finished. Concentrate on one project at a time, finish it, and then go on to the next one. What a feeling of accomplishment at completing the task at hand!
So even with the holidays upon us, let’s resolve to begin cleaning out unnecessary clutter in our lives. You will be amazed at the transformation of the newly organized space, as well as a more tranquil feeling from within yourself.
Until next time, happy creating!