Today I am sharing my top tips for being a minimalist maker. These tips can help you to be more organized and less stressful when you are in your creative element.
Over the past few years, I have strived for a more minimalist lifestyle. Clutter drives me crazy and when my space is cluttered my mind feels cluttered too. Having a clutter-free life can be so freeing, it allows you to put your physical and mental energy into things you truly care about!
I recognize that minimalism can mean something different for everyone, and that it’s not just about physical things, however in this post I will be focusing on the physical aspects.
A Minimalist Maker
On my quest for living more minimally, one area I have greatly struggled with is my maker things. However, I have made great strides in the past few months to become a more minimalist maker, and I’m going to share what I have learned with you!
As a maker, I’m sure you understand the feeling of having the need to hoard just about anything and everything. You never know when you’ll need something for a project! However, I have learned that many of those things, I will never use and it is simply not necessary to keep them.
So let’s dive right into some of my tips for being a minimalist maker!
NOTE: While I love to dabble in a lot of crafts, I mostly crochet. So while I will be using crochet as my example in the post, these tips are applicable for any craft 😉
If there is one bit of advice I can give, it’s to be intentional. Specifically, be intentional about the tools and supplies you purchase.
This is hard trust me, I know. It can be incredibly hard when there is an amazing sale on yarn. But I’ve gotten into the habit of only adding yarn to my stash if I have a specific project in mind for the yarn, in the foreseeable future. This ensures that I do not have any unnecessary yarn lying around taking up precious space.
Through this, I have learned that I work better when I don’t have as much yarn around me. When I see a lot of yarn in my stash I become stressed and I feel the need to quickly finish projects so that I can work through my stash quicker. But when I purchase yarn as I need it, I find that I enjoy the making process more.
I love to purge and clean. There is something so refreshing and satisfying about making a space clean again. Purging should probably be categorized as one of my hobbies, I love purging items in the hopes that they will go to a new home. Cleaning your craft space can make you more aware of tools and supplies you may not need anymore. Purging these unused supplies is an easy way to maintain a minimalist space.
A key to purging is to doing it semi-often. For me, this is not an issue because I love doing it so much! But for you, it might be difficult to either find the time or the motivation to purge. I recommend slotting out a time to purge every quarter. You will find with each season, there will be things you are ready to part with.
This last tip is a little more of trick, but it is still helpful! Simply organizing your craft space can make your space feel more spacious than it really is. Even if you have the same amount of things, a simple organize session can help the space to feel more minimalist and freeing.
Organization minimizes chaos, so if you are simply looking to maintain the clutter, organizing your tools and supplies (and maintaining that system!) may be all you need!
I hope these tips have helped you and inspired you in creating intention on your crafting journey! Let me know on Instagram if any of these tips help you!