Miller recommends using a bulletin board to pin inspirational images and quotes, and to organize projects and unrelated ephemera, such as concert tickets or children’s school fliers. Her entire craft room is her inspiration board: She used wall-to-wall cork, sold in rolls, on all of the walls.
Eddie Ross, style director for the shopping site ATGStores.com, recommends a standup tool chest or a tackle box for storing small tools and supplies. He covers his work surface with inexpensive craft paper — torn off a roll — to keep his table protected from glues and glitter, and he keeps a hand vacuum cleaner nearby for quick cleanup.
Darci Meyers, a Boulder, Colorado, psychotherapist, says that letting go of knickknacks and art supplies can create space for “what’s interesting and exciting in the present moment,” Meyers said. “The fewer things we have, the less responsibility we have toward them and the more freedom we have in our lives.”
If you can’t toss the magazine stack or the driedout markers, Meyers asks: Do they make you happy? If not, let them go.
This undated photo provided by Fay Wolf, shows the cover of “New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)” by Fay Wolf.