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  • Writer's pictureHelen Avaient

Prepare to Travel - A month to declutter - Day Ten - Craft Supplies

Welcome to day 10 of decluttering to free your home and your mind.

As a crafter, I have LOTS of materials to make treasures. Yet, some of these hobbies I haven't done in years, for example, I still had hobbytex paints in my craft supplies, from the 1980s.

Moving around every few years, I would repack, unpack, and then repack things that didn't get used, but I had good intentions of using one day. Then I hired a life coach and together we decided that this had to stop. An assignment we worked on together was that if I didn't finish a particular quilt I had started many years earlier, that I would donate the whole unfinished project to a local patchwork group. This was a definite incentive to finish, or cleanse.

At the time, my family were hosting WWOOFERS. Wwoofing is a great organisation, Willing Workers on Organic Farms. We would host tourists with food and accommodation and they would do some work on the property. It is a great exchange program. One of my Wwoofers was a young girl from Japan, Maho. She was outside weeding and when she discovered that I was going to sew this quilt, she asked if she could assist. Maho had a degree in textiles! She loved to sew! In that month, together, we finished 26 quilts and had a lot of fun. Below is a picture of 2 of the quilts we made together. I love them.

Maho is still a great friend to this day (we even spent a few days together in Madrid 3 years ago, sightseeing this time, not sewing).

I don't intend to give away all my craft supplies, but being realistic, how many of my supplies am I really ever going to use? Do yourself a favour, and cleanse those you don't truly love or will ever finish. In my case, it was easier to do it with a friend.

Then go reward yourself. You deserve it!

Please feel free to comment about any craft cleansing that you experience, and enjoy the rest of the decluttering series.

Happy Travels!

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