ASSIGNMENT #6: Craft/Hobby Area
Aaaah, you could spend a million years organizing your craft space. At least I could! But we can’t. We have got to get ready for our move!
1. The very first step is that we need to purge your craft area of anything you are not going to use.
In my hobby group, we often set up “rosie boxes” (aka. “ring around the rosie”, but with a box!) where we will fill up a box, and then pass it around the group, everyone taking out what they want, and adding items they don’t. This is a great way to get rid of items you no longer need (like leftover wedding album stickers after you finished scrapbooking your wedding album, for example) and to try out a couple new things that you’ve never tried before. A similar idea would be to collectively set up a “free give away” table at your next get-together, where everyone drops stuff they don’t want anymore, and anyone is welcome to go through the pile.
I’ve also donated items to preschools, to friends, to the girls’ scouting troop, to my girls’ own craft box stash, or found a worthwhile nonprofit to pass them to. It doesn’t matter; the main idea is to Get-It-Out-Of-Your-House.
Oh and if there’s junk you will never use, and no one else will either? Toss it. Yup. Toss it in the garbage. Call it your very own “stupid tax” for buying it in the first place, and toss it.
2. Next, organize what is left. Perhaps you would like to organize by project, putting all the items you need for that project together. Or, organize by color, or whatever. When I’m organizing, I try to think of the space I’m moving into, and how would be the easiest to find it while unpacking. How can I set up my new craft area in the quickest, most orderly, and functional way possible??
(Don’t worry, I can hear you laughing! Yeah, I find the idea of my craft area being orderly and functional comical, too. Notice I didn’t say that it would end up that way in reality! I can dream, can’t I?)
So, that’s it. Sounds so very simple when you write it out, doesn’t it? And yet, this can take up quite a bit of time. So get to it, so you can move on to the office space next!