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4 Ways to Be A Clutter-Free Crafter

Do you love doing projects? Many of us enjoy being crafty with wood, sewing or restoring an old car. Let’s face it, projects can be fun, but keeping up with tools and supplies can be frustrating when you are constantly searching for them. It can be maddening looking for the scissors, a hammer, or whatever tool you need for your project. If you are always searching for things, there is a reason.

Ideas for staying organized while crafting

What is it?

Why we can’t keep up with our tools and supplies

  1. We start our project in an unorganized area. Think how cool it would be before starting a project to know where to go in your home or garage to get your supplies. Can you imagine not having to make five trips to Walmart, Hobby Lobby or Home Depot to get what you need? How much easier and enjoyable it would be.
  2. We don’t put things back in their place. In the end, that makes it harder to find our tools when we need them. If we designate a place for each tool and put it back every time we use it, it is easy to find it. However, if we don’t put our tools back, we oftentimes will end up repurchasing something we don’t need. And that only adds to the clutter we already have. It’s also a waste of time and money.
  3. We don’t designate an area to work in. As a result, we end up working all over the house or the garage, which means we put our supplies everywhere. We find a screwdriver on the kitchen counter and a glue stick in the laundry room because we do not have a designated place to work.
  4. We don’t finish our projects. We get sidetracked. We have to stop and pick up the kids from school, carry them to soccer practice, fix supper, swap the laundry and in our coming and going, we lose focus when we return later to our random mess.

So what do we do?

How do we fix this problem?

It’s simple…..

1. Create – and maintain – an organization system in your craft closet or wherever you store your supplies.

2. Put things back where they belong.

Be ruthless with yourself on this one and you’ll start to see amazing results!

3. Designate an organized space in which to work

It doesn’t matter if it’s the dining room table or your desk or a kitchen counter – stay in one place!

4. Stay focused and “git ‘er done”!

If you free your calendar or schedule for “craft day” or your specific project, it will definitely help you to complete your project with a minimum of distractions!

Really, whether you’re a serious DIYer or an occasional crafter, you’ll get much more enjoyment and tons more accomplished if you develop skills as a clutter-free crafter. Get started on these tips nownot when you’re itchin’ to start your next project!

What tips do you have to keep your crafting clutter at a minimum?

Shared with The Art of Homemaking Mondays, Hope in Every Season, A Princess and Her Cowboys, Sunshine Whispers, Creative Home Keeper, Creative K Kids, Happy and Blessed Home. OhMyHeartsieGirlMomsResourceBack to the BasicsMomResource, Faith Along the Way, Dance With Jesus, Teach Me Tuesday,

Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you’ll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Kim Pittman

3 Responses to 4 Ways to Be A Clutter-Free Crafter

  1. Life Breath Present July 3, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    I’m so with you on this! I like to keep things organized and neat throughout the house, but I find when it comes to crafting I need the same kind of organization and structure. Hun, on the other hand, doesn’t work like this and it drives me a bit nuts sometimes. I really don’t like not being able to find something I might need and asking him doesn’t often yield the ‘right’ answer/location. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve helped him to find some tool or what-have-you because he doesn’t put things back. I will say, I think he’s getting a little better at it, but definitely could use a bit of improvement lol

    Nonetheless, I still love and adore him and the knowledge and willingness he has to fix/repair/create within his realm. I’ll stick to keeping the crafts room and crafts projects organized 😉

  2. It does not take long for the clutter to add up if you dont maintain. Great article, thanks for sharing on the #OMHGFF
    Have a great 4th of July

  3. Gentle Joy July 2, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    The “rules” are so simple… the consistency in doing them isn’t, but it is SO important and definitely a goal that needs to be worked toward. We want to keep our homes as places of peace for our families. 🙂

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