Those things that make us tick - our passions and interests - sometimes stick with us for a lifetime and others are more passing fancies. Whether it be a sport, hobby, craft, career - the possibilities are endless. Regardless of what that is, when we are "in to" something we tend to collect items that have to do with it. I used to be a big sewer/quilter. Couldn't pass a quilt shop without stopping. Heck, I planned trips around quilt shop locations! Did I collect fabric? Yes! Patterns? Yes! Sewing machines? Well, yes!
Eventually my life moved in different directions and as much enjoyment as I got out of the sewing, the time I had to do it in decreased and I spent less time in and around quilt shops and fabric, not to mention in front of the sewing machine. My passion for organizing, and running We Love Messes, gradually took over and commandeered my sewing time.
What happens when we are over it? Our passion has decreased either by necessity or declining interest and we've moved on to something else, yet the things we collected over time that to support our hobby remain - unused, gathering dust, and taking up valuable space in our worlds.
Take a look around - do you see items that you used to use a lot but haven't touched in months, maybe even years? Might be clutter! Ask yourself the following questions to see if they are truly worth the space they take.
How about you? Have you given away something from a hobby or special interest and not given it a second thought? Or given away something and regretted it later? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Tammy Schotzko is a Certified Professional Organizer who