Craft corner or Junk collection?

This week we look at sorting out the craft room, or area.

Confession time

I have a huge confession to make! My bead area is going to take a lot more than 15 minutes a day to sort, it may just take a nuclear explosion!

As you can see, more than 15 minutes is needed for this
As you can see, more than 15 minutes is needed for this

I make beaded jewellery as well as teach a class, so over the last 6 years I have accumulated a ton of beads and accessories for making the jewellery. Not all of it has been sorted out and put away!

Jewellery is a hobby, but it is not my passion
This is why sorting is so important, if you use your craft to earn money

Sorting time

Let’s start with the sorting part. This task is to sort through any craft items you have and to get rid of the old and broken items. If you are a scrap booker, work in mosaic, or even just have the everyday things your kids use to make art projects, you will have lots of things to throw out.

Do you have items for a whole lot of different crafts all stuck into whatever space is available?

I was given a box of assorted beads and beading bits, I need to get this sorted!
I was given a box of assorted beads and beading bits, I need to get this sorted!

Everything in it’s place

Use your 15 minutes to separate the different craft items into different piles, boxes, or areas.

Items like dried glue, empty paint bottles and bits that you know, if you are truly honest, you will never use. It is also time to take any  of the items that have nothing to do with crafts, back to where they belong.

Save the environment, recycle

I use food containers to separate my items and to store them. Wash out old salad tubs and label them. I prefer to use the clear plastic ones so that I can see what is in them.  The ones I’ve sorted I mean.

I use disposable containers to help sort out my beads
I use disposable containers to help sort out my beads

I also use the little sorting boxes sold at hardware stores for keeping nails and screws.

With whatever you have left over, draw up a crafts calendar to make use of what you have on hand, before going to buy new stuff! I am working on a list of projects for the jewellery class right now.

It’s a weakness, I know

Besides jewellery, my Achilles’ heel is stationary, pretty sticky notes, notebooks and cool pens! What is your craft weakness?

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