I feel like a big problem we have when we try to get rid of craft supplies we don’t want or need is that we feel like we’re supposed to fulfill the promise of those items, and to get rid of them makes it impossible for us to do so. Or so we think.
When you bring craft supplies home from the store it’s almost like a promise to the materials that you are going to use them.
And a promise to yourself, of course, because no one really buys supplies saying, “oh, that will be perfect to sit on my shelf unused for the next 10 years.”
But we do it all the time. We are forever buying — or otherwise obtaining — things we never use. Maybe even that we know at the time we have no intention of using.
And still we find it impossible to get rid of those things.
Craft Supplies Have Energy
My belief is that craft supplies hold energy. In particular, they hold creative energy and potential that we can feel.
That’s what draws us to certain items in the store and what keeps us from being able to get rid of craft supplies even when we know we probably won’t use them.
So to me, the approach to clearing craft supplies successfully has to acknowledge the loss of creative potential, a sort of mourning for the things you thought you’d make but never did.
I know that sounds a little silly, but hear me out.
You bought that thing — even if you didn’t really know what you would do with it at the time — with a vision that you would make something awesome with it. Getting rid of it is an acknowledgement that you’re never going to make that thing.
It feels like a waste, not only of money but of creativity, a loss of what might have been.
And that’s emotional, and can make getting rid of craft supplies harder than dealing with other kinds of clutter.
Release the Energy to Release the Stuff
To successfully get rid of craft supplies you have to release yourself from the responsibility of making that item into whatever it was supposed to be.
It sitting in your stash is a waste of creative potential for it, too.
Acknowledge that this does not belong to you, that you have to release it to its proper owner, who will turn it into what it is supposed to be.
Once you make the decision or have the mindset shift to understanding that your stash is blocked creative energy made manifest, it makes it so much easier to release things that don’t serve you or it.
There’s no better way to get your creative energy flowing than to clear space.
This approach to clearing by thinking about energy and acknowledging the loss involved in not being able to make everything makes a lot of sense to me.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.