If you are like me and many others, we enjoyed buying all sorts of things to add to our hobbies supplies. We add new stickers, cutouts, papers for our scrapbook hobby. We purchase supplies and tools for our photography hobby. We buy music for our music hobby. We buy gear for our exercise hobby. We buy DVDs and CDs to add to your movie/music collection. We buy Xbox games to add to our collection. Need I say more, we purchase a lot of stuff for our hobbies.
But, because of this, the extra stuff creates clutter in our homes. So, to help combat the piles of hobby supplies, I propose you find an alternate way to splurge on your hobby.
Here are 15 hobbies and a clutter-free way to splurge on them.
Scrapbooking: Instead of buying new scrapbook scraps, cut up the scraps you have into small squares and rectangles and store in a shoebox for future use.
Antiques: Instead of buying another antique, determine a place in your home for the ones that have no home yet.
Playing Musical Instruments: Instead of buying another instrument, clean and repair the ones that you have been neglecting.
Exercise: Instead of buying another exercise piece of clothing, get rid of some of the ones that are worn.
Video Games: Instead of buying new video games have a swapping party with friends that like gaming too. Exchange the games you don't care for or finished for other games that others have.
Lego Building: Instead of buying more Lego pieces, sort the ones you have into a useful system.
Cooking: Instead of going out and buying more tools and gadgets, go through your supply and clear out the ones you don't use.
Baking: Instead of buying more sprinkles or toppings for cakes, review what you have and write the date you purchased each one on the lid for future reference. Then, replace only the ones that are running low or are older 3-5 years.
Calligraphy: Instead of buying more ink for your calligraphy pen, buy Platinum Pens Mixable Ink so you can mix whatever color you want.
Sewing / Knitting: Instead of buying more supplies for your sewing or knitting hobbies, organize the thread and yarn you already have by color or type. If you need particular tools, try renting them from Zilok.
Jigsaw Puzzles: Instead of buying more Jigsaw puzzles have an exchange puzzle party, donate them, or you can even glue them and frame them to display in your home.
Buying Movies: Start buying digital copies of movies. For a small fee, you can convert your Disk to Digital in VUDU.
Listening To Music: Instead of buying CDs, you can buy a service like Spotify so you can download any album you want and listen to it on the go.
Photography: Instead of buying lenses, you can rent them.Borrowlenses.com allows you to rent equipment for different package events, like weddings, sports, wildlife, landscaping, travel, etc...
I hope these clutter-free suggestions give you inspiration on how to keep your hobbies under control. What is your favorite clutter-free way to splurge on a hobby? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.