Did you ever start one small project only to see it grow into a major event? I think we all have.
When we were out shopping on Friday, we came across a piece of furniture that we thought would improve the look of our little place and also give us more storage. Actually, it was a three piece matching set. For those of you who know what a small place I live in (see the pictures of my work area HERE) you know that space is very limited where I am. The key to keeping things clean and functional is keeping excess to a minimum and using what small space you have wisely.
While we are pretty good at keeping up with things, from time to time we seem to have a stockpile of mismatched stuff that doesn’t really have a place and begins to collect in corners and closets. It is amazing how this can sneak up on you and before you know it, you are living among clutter.
Until now, I had stored many of my DecoArt painting supplies in a bench that opened up and had storage underneath:
While this was functional, the bench was really cheap and kind of ugly. It served the purpose though and kept my paints at hand without having them too obtrusive. It was better than having to dig in a cabinet or box to pick paint.
But when we were shopping the other day, we found this set of fairly decent pieces that looked a lot better and would provide us with much more storage space.
The main piece was a bench such as the one we had, but was wider and deeper. It was smaller front to back, which meant that it would allow more floor space in front of it which was great. It also had a matching smaller (shorter and lower-sitting) piece that would be able to go in front of the couch as kind of a foot stool or rest. The third piece was a smaller yet trunk.
It turned out that all my paint fit in the middle-sized piece, allowing the larger piece to store other things. This started a domino effect of sorting, cleaning and reorganizing all our supplies, closets and tools. It took most of the day, but around midnight when we finished (and several garbage bags later!) we not only have cabinets and closets with empty places for future things, but we were able to make room in the one closet for the lathe AND the shop vac, getting the lathe out of the main kitchen area.
It is funny how BIG our little one-bedroom place looks! Although we were pretty tired, taking the day was well worth the effort.
Today will be ‘phase 2’ of the organization, as we are going to where we have our things stored and are going to re-sort and get things in order on that side. It is time we go through things anyway and take an inventory so we remember what is there.
Doing stuff like this takes a little time, but I feel like it is necessary to stay on top of things and keep things functional. Those of you who read regularly know that I go through this a couple of times a year at least. If I didn’t, I would be living in a mess and it would be very difficult to get anything done at all. What may start out as one small change, can quickly escalate to a major overhaul. But that isn’t really a bad thing, is it?
Have a great Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"