Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spring Cleaning Scrap Supplies

Spring is finally here! When you live in a harsh winter climate like I do, spring is big news, perhaps you even still have snow! If cleaning out your scrapbooking supplies is part of your spring cleaning, here are some simple tips to get you started.     I am currently trying to get my studio working for me, rather than against...

Take Inventory
Go through all of your supplies. Look through all the bins, jars, drawers and cabinets holding your scrapbook materials. As you look through them decide what you should keep, sell, donate or toss.

Organize Your Stash
For those items you want to keep, evaluate whether your current organization method is working. Can you easily find what you are looking for? If not, invest in a few new storage organizers.  I personally am visual and love to have my supplies in the open and available.

Selling Supplies
You loved that page kit with the cute kittens on it at one time, but 3 years later you know it’s never going to make it onto one of your layouts. Still, someone may love that kit.   For items that are still in the packaging and in new condition, try selling them on ebay, craigs list, a garage sale, or in a scrapbooking forum. Scrapbooking supplies often sell well in lots.    I personally donate a ton of my product to my Children's Christmas Store.

Letting Go - pass them to your kids!
Now for those items that you should toss. It’s hard to throw things away, but seriously, those stickers you’ve been collecting since the beginning of your scrapbooking days are faded and no longer have any stick to them. Pass them to your children. Scraps of cardstocks that are now crumpled and faded should also go to your kids. Yes, maybe you could come up with some creative way of using them, but will you?

Cleaning out your supplies will give you some much needed space in your scrapbooking area. What will you do with that empty space? Sounds like a good reason to go shopping to me!

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