Wednesday, March 6, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 17 • Hobby & Craft Supplies

Welcome to Day 17 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 13 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 17, we'll be tidying hobby and craft supplies.

Some thoughts on Day 17:

1) Be in tune with whether an old hobby still sparks joy and be honest with yourself about whether you will invest the time in a hobby going forward. I am definitely someone who has a huge range of interests, but I always had the excuse of not having enough time to pursue all the different hobbies that piqued my interest: drawing, painting, colouring, sewing, learning to play the flute, doing puzzles, making jewelry, taking photos, and, of course, recording YouTube videos. In this video, I only tidied my painting, jewelry making, and photography supplies, but I still have items in all the aforementioned hobbies. Now that I'm on my gap year, I'm eager to see which hobbies I actually end up gravitating towards. There is no time like the present, and if I don't end up making use of my hobby supplies in the next 6 to 12 months, I hope I'll be able to let them go.

2) Designate one storage space for hobby supplies. Marie Kondo recommends this approach whether you have one main hobby or multiple hobbies. Hubby and I have way too much photography equipment to store it with the rest of my hobby supplies! Instead, I'll be creating a shared space for our photography gear (both in the condo and in our locker), and a single storage space for my other hobbies (sewing, painting, and jewelry making).

3) It is natural to feel frustrated during the process, but try to look at this as a self development exercise. I have been feeling all kinds of feels during the 30 day tidying challenge. These past two days in particular have been very frustrating, but I am trying to remain in good spirits and picture the end result. I don't want to take my negative emotions out on hubby or on myself. We've accumulated a lot of things in the past, but I'm trying to remain grateful for what the excess has taught me, let go, thank the items, and move on. I've also been meditating each day during the challenge, and I find that helps a lot. I was worried that hubby and I would get into arguments during the process, but we've actually been getting along very well!

Thank you for tuning into Day 17! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 18.

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