Is it Friday again? Must be time for another home organization project!
This is week #43 of our year-long clear out stuff and own less project – which was our New Year’s Resolution for this year. I checked the master list yesterday to see how many projects I have left – since I’m trying to be done with this madness in 52 weeks. Perhaps we’ll need to continue with a once-a-month project. We’ll see.
I think I know my husband is ready to be done!
Whether you’re crafty or not, it’s necessary to have a few supplies on hand. I don’t consider myself crafty – I’d rather use a power tool – but I do like working with paper, scrap-booking, and sewing. Art supplies and little kids go hand-in-hand but now our art supplies get used for school/homework projects – and we really don’t need that many.
Home Organization Project 43
- This week’s project. Art supplies.
- Small. It only took about 20 minutes. Easy!
- Clear and clean. Everything came out of the dresser and off the top of it. Old houses have no storage. Our art supplies are in an old dresser that’s not too big. It limited what I could keep – thankfully!
- Get set. When my kids were younger, lots of art supplies were kept upstairs in our kitchen and dining room. While I’ve pared down our craft stuff over the years, my kids have completely grown out of all the paper cutting and coloring stage of life. Today it was time to consolidate and eliminate again.
- Stop buying. Well, yes, I’m done buying art supplies for the kids but sometimes I buy them for myself. I really try to rein this in but because we make all of our cards – Christmas cards + general cards like birthdays + thank you cards – I like to have a new paper punch occasionally. I do trade punches and stamps with friends and that is another great way to get something new – by borrowing!
- Less is more. It is better to have less because there’s less space being taken up and we don’t use art supplies as often. When our kids were younger, we did family art projects or went to the park to draw and that hasn’t happened in years. That made me a little sad and I miss those ‘less busy’ years.
So the dresser is cleared off and the containers are empty. I’ll hang onto to them because they’re nice but I’m trying to keep them empty and not fill them with more stuff.
This stuff? (I feel I must explain the zip top bags – which I don’t buy. Those were given to me with food in them and I washed them out to reuse them.)
I’m going to give it to my friend who teaches preschool. If she doesn’t want it, it will go to SCRAP. Or get donated. At least nothing is going into the garbage can and I think most of it can get reused. It bothers me that there’s so much plastic on the felt pens. I’m not sure what the answer is there. It seems pretty wasteful and perhaps the plastic recycling spot will take them.
Another week, another area – done! Feeling good about this project because that pile was on the dresser for a long time – too long to mention! It’s next to my sewing area in our basement. I’ve got loose ends to tie up with donating items and figuring where to store the paper dolls. We can’t get rid of those!
How’s your weekly project coming along? What area did you organize?