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Get Organized Now! NEWSLETTER
By Maria Gracia
September 23, 2017

  Today's Feature

Creative People Collect Stuff to Create...
Are You Creating Clutter?

Most creative people collect 'stuff' to create with. It could be yarn, fabric, paper, paint, wood, metal scraps, or any number of other items. You never know what you might need when the next inspiration strikes. The tricky part is keeping everything at a reasonable volume and organized. Otherwise you canít find what you know you have, and then you buy something only to discover later that you already own that item. Wasted money and added clutter.

I love to scrapbook and make cards. Thus, I know first-hand how craft clutter can multiply. For those who craft, shopping for craft supplies can feel like a kid does when walking into a candy shop. Everything is enticing, and you want it all.

One thing that works for me is to challenge myself to use up what I already have...before purchasing matter how tempting it could be. In doing so, it actually sparks more creativity. Why? Because I'm forcing myself to look at what I already own in a new way, rather than taking the lazy route and just buying more.

Could you use yarn instead of twine? What about piecing fabric scraps together for a patchwork project? You could create new paint colors by mixing what you have.

Start the next month with the intent to not spend any money on new crafting materials and supplies. Put a star on your calendar each day you are successful at not spending. Don't reward yourself at the end of the month with a shopping spree. This defeats the whole purpose of this recommendation. Instead, take your spouse out to dinner, pay off a bill or two, or put what you saved (estimate based on past purchases) in a mason jar and start saving for a weekend trip.

The satisfaction of whatever you choose may prompt you to continue your 'no spend' into the next month. I know it does for me. I love this concept so much that my supplies are down to 'bare bones' before I spend a penny on more.

Something else I do with supplies I already have is put together 'project kits.' Gather up all the materials you need for a specific project and put them into a tote, basket, box, etc. How many kits can you create? You may be surprised to find that you have plenty of projects to keep you busy without grabbing your wallet. You may find long-lost material in the process...or even a half done project waiting for you to finish.

While collecting some extra craft supplies now and then can be fun, a little too much fun can result in hoarding if youíre not careful. Use that fun stuff to make something great before buying anything else. Maybe youíll create a family heirloom. Look at the treasure trove of goods you already have for your next creation. You may surprise yourself.

Of course, you can carry over this thinking into other rooms of your home and areas of your life, as well. How often will you really use that fancy stand mixer? Most home bakers can suffice with a hand mixer. That blue shirt is beautiful, but so are the other four that are already in your closet. How many pairs of black shoes does one person really need? Be more discriminate in your craft supply purchases and more creative in how you use what you already have. Your house will be less cluttered, your bank account will be fatter, and you can show off what you made knowing that you made good, and creative, use of your craft stash.

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All people have clutter to some degree.

You may have a little bit of clutter sitting around--things that aren't really serving any purpose, taking up unnecessary space, gathering dust, and causing a bit of frustration.

Or perhaps you have LOADS of clutter and it's causing your life to be turned upside down--you can't find things easily, you feel like your home is bursting at the seams with STUFF, you have to climb over piles and boxes to get to anything, and you feel overwhelmed and frustrated.

MOST people are somewhere right in the middle of these two situations.

For anyone who just has a little bit of clutter, have no doubt in your mind that CLUTTER GROWS, and small challenges soon turn into large issues.

BUT, here's something NEW I discovered...

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Storage: Give used up candle jars a second life

Mini Challenges: If youíve been living in disorganization and chaos for awhile, itís a great time to take some steps to lead you into a more organized world. Here are 5 mini challenges this week to help you do that.

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September Checklist: Autumn is the perfect time of year to turn over a new leaf and get organized.

Theme of the Week: Consistency. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week

  TO DO This Week

Week Beginning September 23

1. Delay grocery shopping. Use up what you have in your fridge, freezer, and pantry before going grocery shopping. With a little bit of creativity, you might just be surprised with what you can come up with for meals...without a trip to the store.

2. Pick a cabinet. Empty it. Get rid of what you don't need. Wipe it clean. Put what you're keeping back. Stand back and give yourself a pat on the back.

3. Go through your coat closet. It's a great time of year to inventory winter gear...coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots. Put anything you and your family no longer wishes to wear in a donation box...folks will be looking for warm weather wear at local charities. Alternately, take photos of these items and post them on Facebook, offering them for lost-cost or free to your friends. Determine if you can get by with what you have. If not, make a list of items to purchase.

4. Weed out kid stuff. Christmas is coming soon. That means it's a great time of year to help your kids/grandkids weed out some toys, games, stuffed animals, trinkets, etc. they no longer use and love.

5. Computer clean up. Delete 25 files (documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, etc.) that you no longer need. Feeling ambitious? Delete 50. When you're done, empty your computer's 'recycle bin.'

  In Closing

Get rid of clutter and you may just find that it was blocking the door youríve been looking for.

--ĖKatrina Mayer

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Maria Gracia
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