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April 07, 2015

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MJ

I totally agree, it's so hard to cut down on craft supplies. When I was decluttering for my first kiddo I had to really work hard to try to declutter my "fantasy self". I love scrapbooking supplies but hate getting it all out and trying to figure out what to do with it so I got rid of my scrapbooking supplies. I love the idea of sewing but again, getting out the supplies does not appeal to me and I'm not very good at it. I kept a few things for some small subjects but got rid of most of the rest. I didn't get rid of everything but did get it down to a manageable amount and helped clarify my purchases going forward. Thanks for sharing your experience, I'd love to hear more about your process as you go through it.

Angela Dotsenko

Because we have so little room in our tiny home to hoard, I really don't have a choice but have to keep things to a minimum. It helps that I never ever have more then three things on the burner. I have a sock project that travels everywhere for appointments. A knitting project I work from home that is to complex to take anywhere. Then I'll have a spinning project that I work when my hands hurt too much from knitting. I do keep at least 200 skeins of yarn. Half are organic cotton in many colors and the other half wool. Both a worsted size and I keep about 5 sock yarns. That's about it. All my tools are necessary. I never get rid of it. As for knives and kitchen items: Keep one of everything and donate the rest. I just don't have room in my kitchen. I have only two kitchen drawers and 5 kitchen cabinets so I'm very simplified. Hugs and good luck

Julie

I think it is possible to be a minimalist crafter, but it requires discipline in not purchasing materials for a project until right before you actually make the project- as in, you need to already have scheduled time in the very near future when you are going to sit down and do that craft that you have the materials for. I'm been thinking a lot about my yarn stash lately, and definitely planning on doing something about it this year- It just doesn't feel good to go looking for yarn for a certain pattern and finding that, with all my humongous stash, there isn't the 'right' yarn. To me, that says that there is a problem with me accumulating yarn that doesn't have a project in mind, or that I wasn't committed to knitting right away. I think there is less guilt in getting rid of stuff if you find a good charitable cause to donate it to, and trust that the materials will find a happier life with someone else in the future (which I think is from the life changing magic of tidying up! I read it last fall).

Sarah Doty

The "tidying" book has been appearing around me a lot lately, too. I completed the book Sunday (today is Friday) and I donated bags and hangers full of clothes to Goodwill. I am retiring this year from teaching and I've been donating and throwing out and giving away all my 39 years of 'stuff'. I also, donated most of a 6 shelf book case to Better World Books. There is a drop box in my neighborhood.
I would put crafts in the same category as memorabilia. I have gained momentum with clothes and books so letting go of some of the craft stash has been easier. I spent the last year donating and knitting completely from stash. I used up a lot, but of course there is tons more. I'm still using a lot, but I've bought a bunch so far this year. I intend to stop buying again now, though. For the first time in my life I'm looking forward to passing things on to others and paring down what I have. Good luck to you.

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