Not all the hobbies we take up become life-long passions. Make a cold assessment of your hobbies to free up space, and maybe even make a little extra cash.
Photo by Tim Patterson.
Maybe once upon a time you actually played tennis every week, took trips to go scuba diving and spent your weekends doing wood work in the shed. But if we don't assess our hobbies occasionally, we end up with attics, garages and hall closets stuffed with the often expensive cast-offs of hobbies we don't actively participate in anymore.
The Unclutterer blog posts a two part series on hobbies, covering both assessing your hobbies and what to do with the stuff. Part one is a five-step guide to accessing if you're still interested in the hobby and how much time you actually spend enjoying it. Their assessment guide centres around figuring out how much time you actually spend enjoying your hobby:
Any hobby with an estimation of 10 hours or less should immediately be moved out of your home. Pack up the equipment and head to a used sports equipment store or an appropriate charity. If the hobby stuff is valuable, photograph it and list it for sale on a site like ebay or craigslist.
Part two is all about getting your stuff out of the house and into the hands of people that will actually use and enjoy it. Maybe that's by giving it to fellow hobbyists or listing it for sale. Either way, check out the two guides below to help you decide which hobbies are ready for retirement and reclaim that space in the hall closet.