The Primary Reader All in a Day seemed appropriate this week (although the work on the west wall of the kitchen was a 6 day project).
Donna of Funky Junk Interiors created a Thursday link up for bloggers and blog readers who don't blog who wanted to participate in Heap of Change. This involves decluttering, making spaces work for you, finding homes for the things we use and keep, getting rid of things we don't use or need.The west end of my kitchen has two free standing cupboards and a vintage wall cupboard. They have had different storage jobs over the years.
Below is the west wall 'after' my week of change.
2007 - below (when the kitchen was freshly remodelled).
I love how it worked for us then.
Time has changed how this space is used. Wall units were moved around until things 'worked'. The kitchen now serves as my office, it also becomes my workshop for painting, repairing and tweaking plus family meals.
Below is the before I started the challenge west end of the kitchen this week (it has often been much worse).
I need somewhere to put my 'office' when the kitchen turns back into a kitchen instead of a workshop and an office.
We have been storing small tools and assorted fix-it supplies in a very vintage hutch base (no doors) in the baskets on the shelves.
DH suggested that I store the office supplies on those two shelves. I started by moving out a revolving container of nails/screws and moving a few portable file holders.
Tried it out, works for me.
DH removed and sorted through the 3 baskets of fix-it stuff (went into workshop area) and I moved in file holders and a wooden tray of office supplies. Another storage problem solved.
The basket stores 'paper' that needs to be sorted and filed.
Future plans may be adding doors or a curtain to cover the contents. Maybe. Here are the 'doors' in waiting before the hutch base was repaired. Future DH project.
Win for me, win for less stuff on surfaces and a home for the office supplies, visual relief.
And then there are the pieces of 'stuff' without a home. I did move all the frames, the vacuum and the small magazine table out of the room. Papers, cardboard and plastic were recycled. The small magazine table is a 'to be painted soon project', the glass and metal went out to the shed to be stored. Vacuum is still homeless.
The stuff that was on the hutch base top has gone to my booth or been filed. Christmas ornaments were 'jared' and put away till next year.
Here again is the 'after' of the west end of my kitchen. I am so happy to have my 'office stuff' all in one place. I notice that my previous Heap of Change projects have stayed quite tidy so I have great hopes for Week 3's change.
What have I learned/and what did I already know?
Organization is all about having a place for the contents of an individuals home plus putting the paper and 'stuff' that comes into the house where it should go.