One reader replied to Sunday’s newsletter:
I’m reading this post with tears in my eyes.
Thank you, Mary.
You’ll never know how much I needed “permission” to let go of the boxes and boxes of paints, fabric, stencils, etc.
Thank you so much.from S.W.
Because of her reply, I decided to turn that newsletter into a blog post. If you are someone who needs permission too, then I want to give it to you!
Do you have enough Craft Supplies?
(Is there ever enough?!)
I’m not sure if you have enough craft supplies, but I’m going to guess yes. Yes, you probably do.
And, you probably know the answer to this even if it is hard to follow – there is definitely such thing as enough craft supplies. Most often, there are too many craft supplies. If your craft supplies are to the point that you have to dig around to find what you’re looking for, then you have too many.
Forgive yourself for the projects you never finished or no longer even want to do. Get rid of that stuff! And go ahead and stop the cycle. Stop buying supplies for “future” projects that you may want to do someday.
The rule for keeping craft supplies in check: Buy supplies for your CURRENT project only.
Chances are if the 1,000 memes I’ve seen are true, you like going to Hobby Lobby. It won’t be the end of the world if you don’t have every craft supply already at home – it’s just an excuse to come to the store and buy a supply you actually need!
How to donate craft supplies: For craft supplies, skip your regular donations places, because they may look at your box of craft notions as trash and honestly throw it away as soon as you drop it off. Don’t worry, though! Craft supplies are easy to donate to school art teachers! In my experience, elementary school art teachers will take it all! Whenever I go through my crafts, I email one of my kids teacher with a picture of the pile saying “could you use this?” The answer has NEVER been no. Also, women’s shelters usually have arts and crafts and could use some supplies too. As for fabric, there are a lot of organizations that create quilts for good causes, ask around locally (I ask on my community facebook page) and you’ll find someone!
While we declutter our craft areas this week, be ruthless!
You have permission!
That’s it. You officially have permission to get rid of the extra craft stuff.
Trust the universe. When you want or need to craft, you’ll have or get what you need.
Leave space for creativity to grow.