THE FINAL CHALLENGE!!!
Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it...not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of them. It's time to make S.P.A.C.E.
SORT: Keep only what you love. If the colour or style do not make you smile, it must go. Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance. Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE
PURGE: Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbook who might appreciate these items. Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box.
ASSIGN: sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you.
CONTAINERIZE: Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session.
EQUALIZE: next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage.