Hobbies are fun, relaxing, and often productive. The best hobby is the one you are currently enjoying. Unfortunately, many people pile up supplies for hobbies they are no longer pursuing. Illness, injury, and lifestyle change are all common reasons why we give up a hobby.
Many times, we equivocate about letting go of old hobby supplies because…
– We think we may take up the hobby again someday.
– We spent a lot of money on them and feel wasteful if we let them go.
– We intend to use them in a new way.
– We are saving them with a vague notion of giving them to a family member or friend.
Here is a little story that may help you finally give away those old supplies.:
A while ago, my family decided to go on a skiing trip. I had not been skiing for many years, but at least I owned my own skis. My husband suggested I take them in to be sharpened since they had been sitting unused for a long time. I happily popped my skis into the car and headed out to the ski shop. When I walked in with my skis and explained what I needed, the man in the shop started to smile. Next thing I know, he called back into the back office and invited his associate to come out and see my skis. Apparently, ski technology had significantly improved, and my skis were so out of date as to be the source of a good chuckle. Needless to say, I didn’t get my skis sharpened, and ended up buying new ones.
Organizing is not the negative exercise of forcing yourself to discard things. Instead, it is a positive endeavor to prioritize your space for the way you live now. Gear and supplies for activities you do not currently pursue do not meet this criteria. Furthermore, the longer you hold onto things, the more likely they are to become damaged, out of date, or unusable. In contrast, many of these materials could be helpful for someone else who is currently involved in the relevant activity.
Today’s challenge is to go through your home and identify 11 leisure items that you are no longer using. These could be books you’ve finished with, yarn for old knitting projects, scraps of wood from previous projects, old paper or pencils from a drawing hobby, etc. Many of these would be welcome donations to local charities, especially if they are in good shape or are in complete sets.
Now is the time to clear out what you aren’t using, and give yourself more space for what you are. What old hobby materials have you been collecting?