Welcome to week three of the craft room challenge. How is the clean up going for you? I feel so good about my progress so far. Last week our focus was sorting and purging, and this was a rough one for me.
Purging vs Selling
Purging is very hard for me. What if I need it right after I let it go…what if I could sell it and recoup some of the what it cost…etc. I wish I had some magic solution to offer you, but it really was just buckling down and trying to forget that. There are a few suggestions I have about the topic though. Nothing I purged can’t be bought again at low cost and I only kept things to sell that I thought would really be useful to others.
To determine if something was worth selling I turned to eBay. The easiest way to determine is to search what else is for sale with that name. If there were other items of that nature for sale, and with bids, it might be worth your time to sell. If not, the prices were low, or there were no bids purging may be the better route.
For example, I had two beads containers that I was ready to let go of. In eBay I searched the brand name of the container and found many listing with bids. Sounds like ok..time to sell…wrong. Each item was only selling for between .75-1.00. For me the time and hassle of listing, pictures, mailing, etc wasn’t worth .50. Those items went in the purge pile.
Here is my purge box which is a large diaper box that is about 3/4 full. It contains storage items, full glue bottles, full paints, punches, usable paper scraps, etc. It will go on Facebook for free.
Once the purging was done the sorting was so much easier since there was less to go through. I placed all like things together or things that would be used together. All stamping items are in one location. All 6×6 paper pads go together in another location. I have WAY to much paper, and actually cancelled one of my kit club this week as a result of this sort. Even though I’m on a no buy, besides the kits, I am not making as big of a dent as I’d like. Maybe this time next year I’ll be able to sign up again!
Week Three Mission
The mission this week is organization. Find some systems that work for your sorted supplies and get them put away. Now, you don’t want them away where it will be a pain to use them, but each item needs a place so you can actually find it when needed, and put it away after use. I have some great paper and embellishment ideas that I can’t wait to share with you next week.
Before you see the rest of the crafty spaces, please meet our lovely hosts:
Michelle from Our Crafty Mom
Now, let’s take a look at how their craft rooms are changing this month!