Decluttering Hobby Stuff
This is a hard one.
This is a super hard one for me.
I create everyday.
Creators tend to be pack rats.
It must be in our DNA.
Oh I get it. It is hard to let go of things you might use later on, but I have found that having to much creative making materials around me actually stifles my energy. If I have to spend 10 minutes cleaning my art table in order to start a project, I have lost the best 10 minutes of motivation I own.
Since dramatically downsizing my art supplies I have actually found I create more regularly and am far more productive with my time.
I have reached this conclusion gradually.
Here is what worked for me.
I started by designating a specific area of my home to hold and store all my supplies.
I chose the guest room closet. My table and easel sat in the corner of the room but every paper, canvas and brush had to fit into the closet and the closet door had to close.
The problem came when it was time to find a specific item to get started. Slowly, I began parting with the unneeded items in order for the favorite items to be more readily available, thus not wasting the precious first 10 minutes of creative energy.
When we downsized to a smaller apartment, all my art supplies had to fit on the floor of my clothes closet. Downsizing my clothing and shoes was easy compared to letting go of all but 3 of my favorite paintbrushes.
Major soul searching…for sure…but I have not regretted it for even a moment. I now own exactly what I like and use what I love, every single day.
In conjunction with the downsizing of supplies, I was also under the pressure of a super tight budget. I chose to stop buying art supplies as my way of providing more money at the end of each month.
I was afraid, setting this boundary of not buying supplies would stifle my art production. But it has, in fact, done the complete opposite.
I have found I start faster because I have less to choose from.
I do not make the excuse that I can not start because I do not have this…
or because I need to run to the store for that…
or because I am waiting on the next paycheck to buy this…
Also, when I ran out of a color, I could not go and buy more. Instead I had to change the colors on my palette thus pushing myself to grow. Now my work is driven by the items I have immediately on hand, not what I have shopped for and stored for years.
So today, take some time to look into your collection of hobby stuff.
I am an extreme and you absolutely do not have to do what I have chosen to do. But you might benefit from lightening your load in this area.
You might grow.
You might bloom.
I only wish I had fallen upon this mindset earlier.