I know my good intentions often get away from me. I buy the supplies for a project I’ve convinced myself that I’ll get around to – and, nope, it never gets done. It’s difficult to get rid of this stuff. Every time I look at it, I remind myself that I should plan to do the project. However, unless I set the time to do it, it’s unlikely to get done.
And, so, if you’re like me, take a deep breath and admit that although the project was a great idea and you did want to do it when you shopped for the materials, it’s not getting done – this year or next.
Remove this nagging task from your to-do list and the thoughts that scamper around your mind and release the items. Learn more about releasing aspirational clutter.
Maybe you bought a new light socket to fix a lamp that instead got moved (damaged) into the garage. You saved old light bulbs to turn into cute hanging vases. Are you really going to turn those pallets into patio seating? And, when are you going to transform those PVC pipes into an outdoor sprinkler for your kids?
DIY supplies are different from hobby supplies in that you purchase these supplies for a certain project or hack that you have never managed to carry out.
Do the project, schedule the time for the project, or get rid of these supplies.
Yesterday, you considered all the collections, hobbies, and interests for which you’ve accumulated stuff. Today, box up the stuff for one of these interests or hobbies that you no longer participate in.
If you are uncomfortable getting rid of this box of stuff right away, you can hold onto it for three more months. See if you can rally your time, energy, and attention to pursue an active engagement with this stuff.
If you thought you were going to quilt but you never got further than cutting a few squares of fabric; if you thought you would join a remote control club for racing cars, but you only directed your car around your yard for 10-minutes; if you thought you’d convert a corner of your basement into a pottery studio because you loved the pottery class you took through community education – be easy on yourself and release your expectations.
Today, focus on boxing up the materials from a single interest unless you have time to work on two interests. However, you may find this stuff difficult to go through because you, at one time, connected this stuff with how you perceived yourself.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.