Excuses for keeping supplies you don’t need
“It has potential”– I love making things out of recycled materials, but collecting things that had “artistic potential” took up half my closet! I don’t really do much collage art anymore, so I kept a few things for projects I will actually get to, and the rest I boxed up for a friend that does collage art. Don’t keep so much that you can barley function in your space. If you save more things than you could possibly use, I recommend allowing another artist to tap the potential.
“It was expensive”– Well it really doesn’t matter how much you paid if you don’t use it. I plan to sell a chunk of my extra supplies in the Supplies Me! sale on June 26th. If I don’t sell everything, I might try Craig’s list or my Etsy shop. Don’t let supplies become overpriced paperweights, or let them hog your valuable storage real estate.
“I don’t know if I need it or not”– If there are items you’re not sure you will use, I recommend boxing them up and setting them aside for a week to a month. If you don’t go digging it out by then, you probably aren’t going to use it. That’s how I decided I really didn’t need that pasta machine for my polymer clay.
I hope you found these tips helpful! I am so close to finally being finished with my studio organization, and I will finally be able to function in here.