When you are a frugal crafter with hoarding tendencies you eventually reach a point when your hoard prevents you from crafting because you cannot access items or have no idea where anything is. Luckily my house is not yet as bad as this picture.
A lot of the items taking over my house would be instantly binned by most “normal” people I know. Some of these items include:
- Boxes/bubble wrap/jiffy bags
- Buttons/zips/ribbons/old clothes that might come in useful for craft projects.
- Card/coloured files/sequins/beads/broken jewellery for sewing or paper crafts
- Glass jars/bottles/unmarked plastic pots for herbs/oils/cordials/salves/tinctures/homebrew
- Old paperwork
- Old herbs and herbs stems
- Tissue paper for wrapping or pattern making
- Bags – paper and plastic
- Old greeting cards and sentimental items
- Old wrapping paper/gift bags/bows
The biggest problem I have is that these items are not organised so any one of 20 or so boxes of miscellaneous unsorted items in the loft could contain a mixture of these items.
What I am working on is creating a home for these items and setting a limit so that I don’t become overwhelmed.
I’ve recently been through a load of boxes and bags and extracted out all packaging, gift wraps and paper bags. I have a large plastic box and they all have to fit in there. The box will be stored in the office for easy access. I have a friend with an ebay business who needs a wide range packaging materials so I now keep a bag to put in items I will never use but hate to throw like polystyrene chips or small boxes and periodically I take it round to her house.
I’ve set up crates in the garage for glass jars and bottles and when I reach the limit I have to stop and recycle instead. I also know of someone who makes preserves is always on the look out for small jars so I can always donate some to her.
I’m planning on making all handmade cards this year and am currently working on setting up a card making kit containing glue, scissors, card, paper, paint, glitter, stamps etc so I can easily work on a few cards in a evening. At present these items are scattered all over the house. Hopefully card making will help to reduce the stash.
Herb stems and old paperwork are being slowly used for fire starting (I’m not an arsonist, I have a garden incinerator and a chimnea).
I now just need to work on the sewing items which is probably the equivalent of four or five bin liners full scattered across numerous boxes and bags in the house.
My ten top tips
- Research recycling in your area
- Create a home for items that are currently homeless
- Once you have created a home tidy things away
- Decide what your limits are going to be for each type of item
- Store items next to other similar items so you don’t have to go to five locations to complete one project
- Make friends with people who need your surplus items
- Find out if any charities are collecting your items
- See if you your items are selling on ebay. If you see a value in something other people might too
- When you have decided upon a craft project assemble all the items you need then find a suitable container to house them in until the project is completed. You will be more inclined to spend odd spare time on the project if you don’t have to go hunting for bits