A few weeks ago I asked some of my readers this question:
What is your greatest DIY struggle or challenge?
I got a lot of great answers, and as I began reading through them, I noticed something –
nearly every single complaint had a common root:
And even though that sounds somewhat negative, I was encouraged because every single reader who shared their struggle can make things better with one single practice:
Some of the struggles I heard were about motivation (or lack thereof), overwhelm, and idea overload or shortage. I also heard about lack of work space or money, but I heard mostly about clutter – supplies in boxes or baskets all over the place, and when it comes time to find something…
I’ve definitely been there myself. In fact, disorganization of supplies has been a major struggle for me too, only slightly behind time.
How Did This Happen?
Being disorganized is really a great indicator of creative potential. If you’ve got supplies sprinkled throughout your house, you’ve probably had some great ideas – and projects too.
A new project requires supplies so we get them and, not really knowing what to do with them after the project is finished, they continue to live in the shopping bag. Or the kitchen counter (just for now, right?), or on the table…
I know this because I’ve done it!
And before you figure out where these new supplies need to live, something new has caught your eye and more supplies are brought in and the cycle continues.
Why We Need to Organize our Stuff
Other than the obvious reduction of household clutter, there’s more compelling reasons to get your supplies organized:
- It makes your creative time more efficient. When you’re working on a project, the last thing you want to do is spend precious time searching for something you need and know you have – somewhere. Stopping to search breaks your creative flow and is simply annoying.
- It saves money. If you’ve ever bought a second tool or supply – because you can’t find the one you know you already have, you get this. Not only do you waste time getting the second one, but you often waste money too.
- It keeps you from being a “collector”. New tools and supplies are fun. But if you don’t use them (or even know how you’ll use them), creative supplies become mere collections instead of useful tools.
- It eliminates loss of perishable tools. Paints, markers, and some adhesives have a shelf life. Left unused for too long, they’ll dry out or become useless. And if you forget that you even have them, that makes it easy to happen.
- It takes up less space. Another common complaint I heard was lack of work space. Organizing your supplies frees up space that you can use for work space instead of random supply stacking.
So what does your supply look like? Could it use a little cleaning up?
I’ve created a simple checklist that will help you whip those supplies into shape and beat the clutter for good!
It’s a free download containing 5 easy steps that will walk you through the process of getting your supplies organized and under control so you can spend your time making – instead of searching.
And once you get those supplies organized…