get organized: hobby

(This is day 11 of the Get Organized Series)

No matter what it is, we all have at least one hobby that makes us happy. That one thing we do that takes our mind off the stress and business of everyday life. Knitting, photography, painting… the list goes on and on. Hobbies are there for us anytime we need a distraction. 

With each new hobby...

The thing with hobbies is that most of them also come with a lot of stuff. Art supplies for painting, cameras and accessories for photography, yarn and needles for knitting, you know how it goes. And that can get out of control pretty fast, especially if you like to cultivate more than one hobby at a time. So today we are going to take care of all those items you accumulated while pursuing different activities, that also includes any collections you might have.

Does it still spark joy?

Remove all the items from their original space and create a pile. To make sorting easier, divide them by hobby. Make sure everything you keep is still being used and that it still sparks joy. Many times we get excited about starting a new hobby, but then a few months down the line we realize we don’t really enjoy it. If that’s the case, let it go so other people can discover a new passion.

If you are not sure an item “sparks joy,” ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does this hobby fit in my ideal life?

  • Do I truly enjoy it or did someone tell me I enjoy it?

  • Can I use items I already have to practice this activity?

  • Should I keep it for "just in case"?

Set aside what no longer brings you joy and express gratitude to each item before letting go. When it’s time to put the items back, create storage that is accessible and visible, so that anytime you feel like practicing that activity you don’t have to go searching for all the items and supplies, everything will be in one spot ready for you.

Find a new home

If you decide you don’t like a certain hobby anymore, think about places that would benefit from your donation. Art supplies can be donated to schools, while knitting and crocheting might be a great gift to nursing homes. Whatever you decide, make sure the landfill is your last resort.

Second hand first

If you always wanted to pursue a new hobby but is not ready to invest in the supplies, ask friends and family if they might have it or visit charity shops. Buying items second hand will help you save money and help the planet. You will be surprised at what you can find, just last month I bought a brand new pair of ice-skates for only $6. Totally worth it!

Take your time with this category to really think about which hobbies bring you joy. Tomorrow we will tackle the biggest and final category in miscellaneous items: the kitchen. See you then!