What kind of crafter's would we be without tools?
Most of the time, while we are crafting, they are buried underneath the mountains of paper and embellishments. Some tools we have multiples of, because we lost one and or forgot that we had it. Some tools we got because they were really cool and we thought we would use it, but in fact we may have touched it no more than half a dozen times.
Whatever the tool (stamps, punches, die-cutting, binding, etc), let's sort through and purge these. Make sure you are really harsh with yourself about whether you are really going to use it and need it. I do think that tools are the hardest things to do this with. Many times these are the most expensive items, and we hate having "wasted" that money. It really is better to donate or sell those items so that someone gets some use out of them than to have them take up your space, collecting dust, and robbing you of some of your clutter free sanity. Believe me. Someone wants and will use your tools. There are plenty crafters out there.
Naturally, we want to clean up/service all the supplies we want to keep, especially as we have them out at this point while purging. Sharpen scissors and punches. Wipe off containers and tools. Wash up anything used with paints, mists, or inks. Complete any other maintenance they might need. They don't have to be spotless, but we do want to preserve their life for as long as possible and keep them functioning properly.
If you need, use often, and have to keep it, make sure you have somewhere to put it. You spent a lot of money on those tools. Let's keep them safe, clean, and functioning properly, not just "accessible". There are many ways to store them when not in use. Most companies now sell storage containers for their tools. You might have a basket that has no use that could hold your tools and make them easy to move to use. If it is an item that remains out on your surface, see if you can find some kind of cover or make one to keep it dust free. Dust really can mess up some of your tools, as I have learned firsthand.
Reference for stamps and punches
Something extra - Reference for Mists & Inks
Again, determine what works for your space and process. Does it need to be accessible, or mobile? Is it used often or only occasionally?
- quickly sort through and purge
-find a new home for purged items - don't leave them lying around somewhere
-clean up remaining stash
-organize or reorganize remaining stash
I do hope you will share some of your tips, tricks, suggestions, or photos on the message board and in the gallery. I will do likewise. Let's knock this out this week!