It’s officially autumn and for many of us that means that the big countdown to Christmas has begun. We’re writing gift lists, planning and making cards and wondering how on earth we’re going to it all!
One of the big things on our checklist here at Trimcraft HQ is a good old tidy up before the hustle and bustle of the festive season begins. It sounds like a mammoth task but fear not, we’ve come up with a few ways you can declutter your craft stash and what you can do with all of the leftover supplies that no longer have a place in your craft space.
There are already so many great tips and tricks for whipping your craft room into shape out there. Pinterest is particularly helpful and often uses things that you many already have so keep a look out.
Pegboards, magnets and jars are just some of the things you will find to help you tackle the little bits and bobs you’ve collected through the year, but if you’re really struggling, why not check out our Tidy Your Craft Room With The Marie Kondo Method blog post. This has everything from die and embellishment storage to card, peg board and washi tape organisation.
Or if you’re looking for a way to reduce your paper collection and organise, check out our DIY Geometric Origami Desk Organiser. It’s perfect for keeping all those knick-knacks under control and easy to access!
Now you’ve organised your stash, what do you do with all the leftover bits and bobs? Whether it’s an old paintbrush set, punch board, knitting needles or even a box of markers, it’s time to stop holding on to those aspirational or outdated art supplies and donate them to someone who will actually put them to use.
Donating your unwanted craft supplies is one of the best things you can do! There are so many different places that would gladly welcome craft donations to aid their various causes. Here a list of a few places you could try:
- Charity shops
- Local schools
- Childrens wards in hospitals
- Local crafting groups
- Community centres
- Women’s shelters
- Retirement homes
- Brownies / Scouts groups
If you’re struggling to find craft groups near you, try searching for them on Facebook or meetup.com.
Host a Crafternoon!
If you’re feeling social, why not host a crafternoon? Get your crafting squad around and enjoy some crafting, cake and laughter. This is the perfect way to spend a rainy autumn day.
You could even encourage your friends to bring some of their unwanted craft supplies so you can take part in a crafty swap.
If you’re feeling particularly kind, why not donate your finished cards to one of the above donation suggestions for raffles and craft sales?
Sell Sell Sell!
If some of the supplies you have are near to new or have plenty of life left in them, you might want to consider selling them! It might take a little more motivation but in the end it leaves your pocket a little happier and gives you a bit more room for the things you love!
Places like Gumtree and eBay are great places to start or why not try Preloved which has a whole section just for arts and crafts supplies where you can offload everything from buttons to die machines. There are also lots of craft destashing and selling groups on Facebook, or you could list your unwanted supplies on Facebook Marketplace which is a great way to keep things local.
Now you’re armed with all the tips and tricks to not only get your craft room in order but shift those items you just don’t need anymore.
Do you have any tips, tricks or suggestions for destashing your supplies? Leave them below - we want to know! If you make any lovely crafts from your crafternoons we’d love to see them over in the inspiration area on the blog or on social media with the hashtag #trimcraft!