Here are some end-of-year decluttering tips and tricks for creatives. Don't forget to share your suggestions in the comments box too!
What a tough and challenging year 2020 has been! Now that I'm at the end of it, I feel an overwhelming need to simplify and declutter my creative life, reintroduce some positive habits and regain some structure. Of course, this takes a plan and real action, and there's no room for procrastination!
Here are some of the decluttering activities I'll be undertaking over the holiday break:
Clearing out creative spaces. Cupboards, cabinets and drawers full of art materials--you name it, I'll be sorting through them and reorganising and labelling things.
Donating old art supplies. I have many pencils, brushes and tools that I no longer use. I'll be donating these to my local school and charity shop, who will hopefully put them to good use.
Tidying up my workspace. I'll be keeping my art desk as clear as possible and making sure that only frequently used tools, like my favourite sketching pencils, are on it. Everything else will be labelled and stored in drawers or boxes.
Programming good habits into my smartphone. I'll be using the list function on my Apple iPhone to track my current creative project goals. I'll be starting each day by completing one of these habits.
Setting boundaries at home. I will be introducing some new boundaries at home to nurture and protect my creative time without distraction. This may require me to get up an hour earlier than the rest of the household, but it'll be worth it!
Limiting social media use. As much as I love looking at beautiful images on Instagram, I will be programming my phone to limit this activity to just 15 minutes per day. This will give me more time to focus on being creative and producing my own artwork.
Do you have any tips or tricks on simplifying and decluttering your creative life that you'd like to share? If so, please leave them in the comments box below. I'd love to hear them!
Wishing you all a happy holiday, and a healthy and peaceful 2021.
Victoria Hall is an English-born writer and illustrator with a passion for anything gothic, eccentric or quirky. She is the creator of three picture books for children, Penny Prickles at Coogee Beach, Eggy Peggy Has Lost Her Leggy and The Fairy Beasts. For more info on Victoria, check out her bio here.