“Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow.” -H.G. Chissell
We haven’t posted any new project ideas in the past few weeks due to the realization of our clutter and lack of a space to work! It seems fitting to tell you how we have begun to purge and reorganize our workspace. We haven’t completed the task yet but it’s in progress.
There’s a fine line between saving materials for future DIY / craft ideas and hoarding!
Too much junk and congestion in your workspace will stifle your ability to properly get things done. Clearing a space to work by creating another big pile of crap in another corner is not what we call good organization, but is something we are guilty of… and we are sure we’re not alone.
We’ve have begun to methodically go through our “junk” to see what still inspires us and to purge what does not. We feel if it’s still sitting around the workspace after a year, get rid of it (there are always exceptions). Here are a few ideas of where to send your clutter:
- Donate craft/art supplies to Goodwill
- Donate to a fellow crafter
- Trade supplies with someone else
- Have a yard sale
- Recycle Bin (if possible)
- As a last resort – the trash!
“When it comes to organizing a workspace, relaxation and comfort aren’t the primary goals. Work is about efficiency and productivity. … The more neat and logically organized your workspace is, the better you will be at your job.” –Peter Walsh
Getting rid of the excess crap also helps you find your focus again. Maybe you had too many grand ideas of the things you would create only to find you were simply overwhelming yourself by the stash of cool clutter?
You should be able to view your supplies at a glance, especially while your working. If you have to dig for it then you may need to clean and purge. Slowing or stopping momentum on a project to dig for more crap really sucks and works against your creativity.
We think your physical space reflects your state of mind so we hope this inspires you to take some time to purge and reorganize so new stuff and ideas will have a space to flow.