As we began to declutter, I had the wonderful surprise of actually having free time. Suddenly, I was no longer spending every waking hour either at work or cleaning the house!
And there I sat, wondering what to do.
It was time to find a hobby. I experimented with a number of hobbies. I designated one room in the house as my hobby room, where I collected paints and brushes, cross stitch kits, and a mountain of scrapbooking supplies. I cropped, cut, and pasted and found that room growing more and more cluttered.
Every Christmas, my scrapbooking supplies increased, until simply getting them all out and putting them away wasn’t worth the time. I found myself losing interest in this hobby, so my supplies were relegated to the back of the closet, where they sat neatly tucked away in their fancy containers. Right next to the paints and brushes, the cross stitch kits, and a pile of board games.
How much hobby equipment do you store? What could you do with the space where it sits, gathering dust?
Today I am going to give you some suggestions for clearing up that space, while still finding plenty of fun to have during your leisure time.
1. Keep no more than one clutter-inducing hobby.
I have a friend who loves pottery. It is her passion. So of course she has a room designated to contain the tools of her trade. The same goes if you love cooking, or even scrapbooking. The rule of thumb is, if your tools are out more than they are in, this is a hobby you should consider keeping.
But go into that closet or attic, and free up the space that is being occupied by all those unused hobby tools. I found a wonderful home for my scrapbooking supplies, and we have recently donated our board games.
2. If it’s something you want to keep doing, pare down.
Scrapbooking was fun for me. But I enjoyed getting together with friends and cropping. That just wasn’t feasible with my multiple rolly bags of supplies. So, for awhile, I got it down to one hand-held bag. I kept some hand-selected papers in my book, and put my scissors, glue, and pictures in the bag. I just had the basics, and I found that the convenience allowed me to use them more.
We did the same thing with cooking. I loved cooking when I had a full kitchen. But I didn’t need a million mixing bowls or a full set of pots and pans. I happily created with one good knife, one mixing bowl, and three pans.
3. Fill your day with clutter-free activities.
Moving onto the sailboat, we have realized that the most fun activities don’t involve any clutter at all. Here are some ways that we spend out time now:
- Get a museum or zoo membership. Beanie loves the Children’s Museum, where she can play with toys that don’t clutter our home.
- Join a gym for clutter-free fitness and classes.
- Explore the trails at a nature center or park.
- Have fun on the water! Canoing or kayaking don’t involve a lot of clutter.
- Take a walk to an interesting site in town, and pack a picnic lunch.
- Photography and writing are great low-clutter hobbies for those who love to create.
- On rainy days, consider a social video game system. We have a Nintendo Wii and love it. It does not replace outdoor activities on nice days, but a lot of the games available are designed for groups to play and socially interact.
The possibilities are really endless! It definitely is easy to find activities to fill your day once you gain the free time that comes with decluttering your home.
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