Before you can address these concerns, you have to first identify your goals in getting organized. Identifying your goals will result in a huge increase in your “Want” Power.
Keep your goal simple – one or two sentences at the most, i.e.; “I want to be more organized so I can spend more time crafting – less time digging and searching for supplies.” “I want to be able to get 10 pages done in a weekend; that will feel great, I’ll be the envy of all my friends, my husband will be so proud of me…” Commit your simple goal to memory and/or write it down and post it where you can see it regularly.
The simple truth is; the more you have, the longer it takes to find what you need. Many times, this translates to: using what’s closest/easiest. This isn’t only true in your craft supplies, it’s true all over your home/life. If you have 6 sets of sheets, you probably take the set off the top of the pile, when you remake your bed. If you have a pile of 20 T-Shirts, you probably wear one of the first 3-4. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the male world. My sons would prefer to; go down to the laundry room, pull the top shirt off their laundry pile, put it on and head to school rather than carrying the pile upstairs and putting their laundry away – “they’re just going to end up on top of the dryer again in a day or two mom, why do we need to do the extra steps?” (Let me apologize to their future wives now – I’m doing the best I can.)
Now that we’ve got the backstory, let’s move on .
If your goals are driving you to become more organized, there’s a significant chance that you need to rid yourself of some “stuff.” If you don’t think there is anything in your craft supply collection that you can live without, stop reading here and start crafting!
For the rest of you – follow these easy steps.
Let’s go back and revisit the reasons we have trouble getting rid of stuff.
Let the Purging begin!
Whether you’re doing a major “Organization Project” like the Get Organized Challenge, or you’re just hoping to implement better systems as you move forward, the Purge box will aid your success. As you come across products in your supply collection you’ll have a variety of different reactions:
“Wow, this is outdated.” – Easy to put into your purge box.
“Gee this is ugly – I wonder what motivated me to buy it?” – Into the Purge Box.
“What would I ever use this for?” – If you’ve got an answer put it into the correct section of your 4 Section System, if there’s no answer, you guessed it – Purge Box.
Good Luck and Please let me know how your Purging Progresses!
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