Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Heap of Change Week 3

Week 3  Heap of Change. Continued working in my kitchen.

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.

See Heap of Change Week 1, Week 2

Thanks for visiting.


  1. Well done Joy! It must feel AMAZING to slowly reclaim your kitchen as just that again! It's looking amazing! I love that little cabinet with your filing in it. So perfect!

    So glad you joined in the challenge!

  2. I have too much stuff and not enough space to store it. This week I'm working on one corner of my extra bedroom which houses my dishes, glassware, linens, craft items, guest bed and too much else. You are inspiring me!


  3. Seems like I'm forever purging and organizing. And once I'm done, I have to start all over again. Things just tend to accumulate.

  4. WOW! What a difference. I know it must be difficult when a space must take on 2 or more duties. It can't be easy to keep things contained. It looks like you have made yet another dent and have organized a space that works for you. Yay!

  5. Terrific job organising. It looks so much neater and I bet you feel so much better using the space and looking at it. I still have a long way to go but I'll keep plugging at things. :)

  6. It's amazing how things add up and take over a space. Great job!

  7. Great job Joy. It is so tough to try to reorganize when there is not enough space to put everything and your area serves double or triple duties. When I start organizing, I have to pull everything out and start with a clean slate. This helps and also helps to be able to get rid of some of the stuff.
    Your space looks so well organized now and know you are enjoying it.
    Audrey Z.

  8. Clutter drives me NUTS! That is why I am working on de-cluttering my house stuffed to the gills of 43-years and 4-generations of stuffs. Hang in there, and keep at it... the challenge is working! :) Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

    Life With Lorelai

  9. Hi Joy,

    I love organization. I try to always have a place for everything.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

  10. Wow! Great work. The clutter has started to show itself again around my desk. When things don't have a home, they start piling on the floor beside me. I have plans to take care of that this week.
    Take 25 to Hollister

  11. It's a never ending journey, isn't it? Great job!

  12. What a difference it makes eh? I am constantly trying to downsize somethings. I like the idea of finding a place for the keepers and removing those things we no longer need. I need to join this group! Thanks for sharing, come visit soon and have a good week

  13. I have a couple rooms in my home that I need to do this to. I'll bet it feels good to get it all organized. Organization is next on my list as soon as I get book work and taxes done for the year! Thank you for sharing it and your cute grainstripe heart at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah


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