I was going to wait until February to begin, but I already dove into working on decluttering the sewing room this week.
The closet is where I decided to start. That might be because I knew there were some easy things to get rid of in there.
First, I took out this bag:
In it is all the stuff you need to do a hooked rug. My mom got me all the supplies for a Christmas present several years back. I’ve already put a ton of hours into making my first rug, and I’m only about 1/4 of the way done.
I don’t really enjoy doing this craft, and I prefer the look and feel of felted wool rugs, if I’m going to make a rug. The only reason I still have this around is that every time I try to get rid of it, my mom tells me to give it another go. So I had a little chat with Mom this week and told her that I needed to let it go, and she’s OK with it now. I might even be able to sell the supplies for a few dollars.
Next I pulled out my gift wrap. I store it in large bags, which I hang in the closet by looping the bag handles over hangers.
I don’t ever have to buy gift wrap because I save and recycle it all the time, but my supplies have gotten too abundant. So I pulled out my Christmas cloth bags to put away with the Christmas decorations, pulled out some gift bags to go back to my mom’s house, and pulled out about another 1/3 of what was there but I didn’t love and put it in a bag to give away.
I found this gem of a gift bag in there, from our housewarming party:
And when I pulled out all of my tissue and lined it up, I realized I had a full rainbow of color. (And there’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while that I can use some of this for, now that I know that I have all these colors. I’ll share it in a later post).
One of the hardest parts of this project will be the follow through to sell or give stuff away. Its hard for me to just give something away to a charity shop if I know that I might be able to get a few bucks from it. But the time it takes to list and sell stuff is often a deal breaker when you are taking care of 2 little ones. I would really like to make a few dollars from stuff I am getting rid of, though, to pay for a new sewing table and shelves when I’m all done.
How do you organize your gift wrap? Do you struggle with getting rid of perfectly good gifts that you really don’t want anymore? Please share your thoughts in the comments.