Keep Calm and CategoriseIf I know creative spaces and craft rooms, I know they are full to the brim with old, forgotten projects, projects that never got started and materials-galore. One key tip is to find storage system (drawers or shelves) that can be labelled. Keeping your paints, wool, needles and everything else in between in it's very own place. The process of categorising in this way will inevitably make it clear when you've been hoarding - or those old dried up paints and pens that really need to go. Always remember to ask yourself - does it spark joy? If the answer's 'no', out it goes... (maybe to your local charity shop, school or the friend who's been eyeing up that fabric for forever)
Tidy & RefreshNo doubt your creative space gets invaded by 'outside' clutter... Those empty coffee cups, that hairbrush - they're probably not conducive to a creative and clear head. Get rid of anything that doesn't need to be there and doesn't inspire your next project. It's really worth keeping your desk or table top as clear as possible to reflect your headspace, and anything that does find it's way there should have it's own place. As well as keeping the table top clear, try keeping the floor clear too - for moving, rather than storing. Have a look for shelving units and drawers instead of piled up boxes and clutter on the floor.
Keep on Top of itIt's easier to do little and often than an annual purge. One tip to keep on top of it is to re-visit your drawer/shelf set up whenever you bring new variations of materials in. It usually reminds you that you've just upgraded or the old stuff is unusable - so it's time to donate or get rid! Another tip is to keep storage systems open and visible, so you can see what you have every day. This way, there's nothing to hide - and it may encourage more creativity (and decluttering!) than if it were hidden away at the bottom of a box. As Marie Kondo would say, does what you can see around you spark joy and inspiration?
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