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How to deal with Project Backlog

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Your home can become a trap for unfinished projects. They not only take up space in you home, but they take up space in your mind.

Why you hold onto projects

Whether it’s scrap booking, DIY furniture make-overs, learning an instrument, wood working, jewelry making, candle making, painting, pottery, sewing, quilting or knitting - you get the picture, these projects take up valuable real estate as well as occupy mental matter. So why do you hold on to projects?

  1. You fantasize about finishing them

  2. You want to get your money's worth

  3. You're thinking could repurpose the materials

However, every time these “half finished projects” unconsciously or consciously cross you field of vision, you feel a sense of responsibility and disappointment. Like a little anchor slowing you down.

How to purge projects

Most clients need a push to make the decision and 9 times out of 10 people rarely finish backlogged projects. They weigh you down and get way down on your to do list. So, ask yourself …

  1. Do you have time for this?

  2. Is it in style anymore?

  3. Have I worked on the project in the last 12 months?

If you answered no to these questions, it's time to consider donating, selling or trashing them and moving onto the things that matter more. On the contrary if the project is relevant, set a time to complete it and take joy in the process instead of letting it weigh you down.

Good places to donate art supplies

Donating art supplies can benefit various organizations and individuals. Here are some good places to consider:


  1. Schools Many schools, especially those with art programs, welcome donations of art supplies to support their students' creative endeavors.  

  2. Community Centers Community centers often offer art classes and workshops, and they may appreciate donations of art materials to support these activities.  

  3. Libraries Some libraries have art programs or maker spaces where they provide art supplies for patrons. Donating to libraries can make art accessible to a wider audience.  

  4. Nonprofit Organizations Many nonprofit organizations focus on providing arts education and enrichment to underserved communities. Donating to these organizations can help support their programs.  

  5. Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Art therapy programs in hospitals and healthcare facilities can benefit from donations of art supplies to help patients express themselves creatively.  

  6. Retirement Homes and Senior Centers Art programs for seniors can provide opportunities for creative expression and social engagement. Donating art supplies to these facilities can support these activities.  

  7. Shelters and Community Support Centers Homeless shelters, women's shelters, and other community support centers may appreciate donations of art supplies to offer recreational activities and therapeutic outlets for their clients.  

  8. Art Therapy Programs Organizations that offer art therapy services to individuals dealing with trauma, mental health issues, or other challenges may welcome donations of art supplies to support their therapeutic work.


Before donating, contact the organization or facility to inquire about their specific needs and preferences for art supply donations.

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