This week can certainly be a tricky one for some people, especially those creatives amongst us who see potential in so many items.
I know myself, I have a stash of fabric and haberdashery that I might use one day. Does this sound like you too?
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
The criteria you created during Week 1 of our challenge will assist you in making decisions about your items. If you are new to the challenge, you can see our Week 1 post here.
You should also consider the following questions:
- When was the last time I sewed or crafted? Am I likely to do it again or have I moved onto something else?
- Considering your lifestyle and current interests, what tools or equipment do you need and how many of each is necessary?
- Do I have a tool that will fulfil more than one function?
- Is this stuff inspiring me or just collecting dust and taking up space?
- Realistically, am I ever going to use or do this again (or at least in the next 6-12 months)?
- Do I have the room to store these items that I may or may not ever use?
What do I do with the keepers?
Keep them where they will be easily found and used but also in a way that minimises any chance of damage.
I like to use clear plastic tubs with lids for most of my craft and sewing stuff.
If you are working on projects, have a tub or two dedicated to work in progress as well. Especially if you don’t have a dedicated craft/sewing space in your home and you use the dining table or similar.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If they are still in good condition but no longer have a purpose for you, or you are simply paring back on the volume, here are some sell/swap and donation options for your items.
- Sell, Swap or Gift:
- Swap with your friends or family
- Post on your local/regional “Buy Nothing” group on Facebook
- Facebook marketplace or Gumtree
- Garage Sale
- Pass on to friends with children for craft activities
- Donate options:
If fabric is not suitable for any of the above, you could consider using it as rags if suitable. Otherwise it needs to go into the bin I’m afraid.
How did you go? We would love for you to share your successes, challenges and tips on our Facebook page and we are happy to help out with any questions you may have too.