Can you imagine living in a world where you you have plenty of time to craft, you actually finish all of your projects, and your craft supplies are always nicely organized? I know, it sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But actually, these things are all possible, even for those who prefer to craft spontaneously! It all comes down to creating healthy crafting habits!
It’s true what they say–we are creatures of habit, and forming the right kinds of habits can set us up for success when it comes to things like our careers and relationships. But have you ever considered your crafting habits? As crafters, it’s important to form good habits to help keep our creative minds happy and healthy (and so that we actually finish a project every now and then).
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It’s so easy to slip into crafting habits that aren’t always helpful, such as putting off projects, never making time to craft, and storing craft supplies in disarray. But these are actually habits that can be unlearned and replaced with new, healthy habits. In time, these new habits can become second nature and set us up for crafting success for years to come!
6 Habits Every Crafter Needs to Adopt
1. Write down and record your brilliant craft ideas. I find inspiration for my craft ideas at the oddest times– when I’m driving, going for a run, or in the shower– talk about inconvenient! So I try to keep them in my head until I have a moment to record and save them. I always have my phone nearby, so as soon as I can, I put my ideas in a list in my phone using the free Evernote app. This way the next time I’m looking for ideas or just trying to remember what my idea was, I can check my phone and have my list right there waiting for me. Of course your list doesn’t have to be digital if you prefer going the pen and paper route. Just make sure to always keep your list nearby so you can record your ideas the minute inspiration strikes!
2. Make time to craft. So often we’re overwhelmed by everything life throws at us that we forget to even make time to craft. We have all these ideas, and often times even buy the tools and supplies, but we never follow through with making the item because we just don’t have time. That’s why it’s helpful to get in the habit of scheduling some time to craft and create on your calendar. We keep everything else on our calendars, so why not time to craft? If it’s something you’ve marked on your calendar, there’s a better chance you’ll make a conscious effort to follow through and actually make some time for your crafting.
3. Organize your craft supplies. It’s so easy to let those craft supplies become an organized mess. But just taking a little time to declutter and organize your craft supplies is a huge help when it comes to crafting. When our supplies are unorganized, we can never find what we’re looking for, and half the time we don’t even know what supplies we already have. So this leads to a trip to the store to spend money on something we probably already have, and then when we bring it home we add it to the clutter of our craft stash. It’s so easy to get caught in this cycle. Get in the habit of keeping your craft supplies decluttered and organized, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration!
4. Finish the projects you start. Let’s be honest, we all have at least one or two (or more!) half-finished craft projects sitting around. It’s so easy to begin a project and then get side tracked and before we know it, we have a bunch of projects in various stages of completion while we wait for the time or inspiration to finish them. When we start making it a habit to actually complete our craft projects, we end up with a finished product to show for our efforts, which can be a huge boost of motivation and satisfaction in the crafting world!
5. Use the tools and supplies you have. Often times the answer to our crafting dilemmas doesn’t lie in buying a bunch of new supplies and tools, but rather in using the ones that we already have to their full potential. For example, did you know you could create fake wood grain with a glue gun and some paint? There are some amazing projects that you can create with only the most basic supplies. So before you go shopping at the store, check out how you might use what you already have.
6. Learn new skills and techniques. Learning new skills and techniques can really help you up your crafting game. For example, hand lettering is all the rage right now, and there are so many expensive gadgets that will do it for you, but did you know it’s actually really simple to learn how to hand letter yourself? Learning new skills can help you improve your crafts and make all kinds of new and fun creations. If there’s something you’ve always wished you could do, then learn how to do it! Look for a class at a local craft store, search online for tutorials, or you can even take craft classes online. There’s no end to the wealth of knowledge out there!
When we adopt the right kind of crafting habits, it’s amazing what kind of results we can end up with. Often it only takes a little change to create a snowball effect. I know when I have a lot of half-finished projects sitting around, sometimes just finishing one project gives me the motivation I need, and I’m able to use that momentum to complete a bunch of projects. That’s often enough to help me get into the habit of actually finishing the projects I’ve started.
I’d love for you to choose one or two crafting habits from this list to focus on for the next few weeks. Really make an effort to routinely do those items. I think you’ll be amazed at what kind of progress you make with your crafting! I’d love to hear what items you’ll be working on in the comments. If you found this post helpful, feel free to share it with friends and family and on social media. And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter below for a weekly dose of crafty fun!