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Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Project

one half of my laundry room shelf storage
45" x 36" x 12"
I know I am lucky to have a laundry room with actual doors. I know I am lucky to have this shelf storage. I use it plus the identical size space to the left of these two doors. It is so crowded because I have not removed everything from all these shelves in over 20 years, I have tossed things that stayed here so long that the propellant just went away. But, if I don't need wasp spray for 3 years, it is not like I just kept something too long and wasted it, hoarded it, or bought something useless.  Plus, I buy things to accomplish the completion of various projects. Sometimes, I have been seduced into buying a product I really don't need or never used after the first time. Yes, I am guilty. However, those things rarely have happened during the last few years.

Now, I am accountable.

See that "tin can" on the bottom right section? I have had that since the 1970's. It stores anything for hanging a picture--picture hanging wire, hooks to hold various weights, stray little nails. It's a Crisco can. Remember those useful "tin" cans?

Now, I am accountable.

My collection of spray paint lives here. If I put it in the basement, it gets really grody. Things rust down there, too. Well, some things do. I just like grabbing a clean can of paint instead of having to clean the can.

Now, I am accountable.

The plan? Get three boxes to place on the washer and dryer that are to the left. One box is throw away. The other is take outdoors and test or wherever I need to ascertain whether it is still useful or not. The third is the keeper box.  I cannot stand long enough with all the reaching back and forth. I want to get this done in maybe two sessions. Then, I can clean the shelves.

Now, I am accountable.

The rest of the plan? Use half or less for things I really want on these shelves, things that survive the purge. I want to be brutal in my sorting session without throwing away anything with any future use. Then, I will use the rest of the shelves for another plan. I will tell you all about that later. First things first.

Now, I am accountable.

Do you want to know what I have in there as much as I and sort and find treasures and trash? My abundance of storage and lack of pain-free days has led to a backlog, I fear.

Now, I am accountable.

Your turn
Do you have lots of storage space and had the abundance lead you to be rather lax in throwing out things? Do you tend to use what is on the front of a shelf and let the back just stay put unless you need something back there? Do you ever need to see just which of those paint spray cans has anything left that is usable? Are you lacking storage space or have plenty like I do. (Plenty of shelf space in the laundry/storage room is what I mean.)

17 comments:

  1. Oh, you are definitely lucky :) I'm slowly working on downstairs guest bedroom and getting rid of things we don't need. Then it's time for our garage when it gets warmer...

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    1. Lena,
      I hate to be complaining about no shoes to people who have no feet. This is ONE area I cannot complain about. Of course, I have other lacks, like no guest bedroom. Good luck. It is 54 here at almost 8 pm. Maybe tomorrow I will start those shelves.

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  2. Hi Linda,

    Oops and thanks for the reminder. There's a bit of a science experiment growing in the back shelf of my fridge :)

    Linda, I wanted to thank you for your very kind on my posting. It means a great deal.

    Gary :)

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    1. Gary,
      Let's not talk refrigerator science projects. That would add another chore...lol. I meant every word I said. And, you are welcome.

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  3. We don't have enough storage AND we are both pack rats. I brave sort and discard is needed. Really, really needed. Thank you for the nudge.

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    1. EC,
      This is about the last place left with enough storage in my house. I am not so much a pack rat, but do projects and keep what I bought. That roll of stuff is to tape seams in sheet rock. Maybe we can both get onto needed decluttering.

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  4. "Do you have lots of storage space and had the abundance lead you to be rather lax in throwing out things?"

    Yes to the first question and no to the second. I hate clutter, and I hate keeping things I don't need, so I go through every shelf, drawer, and closet, one or twice a year at which time, I throw some things away, take some to Goodwill, and organize the rest.

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    1. That's really organized decluttering. I did this when I was younger and had children at home. There were always toys and clothes to get rid of.

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  5. I have tons of storage space...I have several empty closets and cupboards. My 2500 sq ft basement has 5 big empty rooms. I go through everything once a year and get rid of the "junk"...I hate clutter.

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    1. When my house was intact, so did I, had empty rooms. Closets? Not in a house this old. That's a huge basement, larger than most homes. Great!

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  6. I LOVE to purge! I use the 3 box method as well. And it always feels so good after the job is done. 'Grody' hehe! I have't heard that expression in ages! :-)

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    1. Sue,
      I am looking forward to feeling good. "Grody" is a good word to describe this. Three boxes is just necessary to get the job done in one day.

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  7. I have quite a bit of storage space and I have to admit it's full of crap I hardly ever use. We have this large walk in cupboard in the kitchen and I can hardly get in there nowadays without turning sideways and breathing in. :D

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  8. Some friends and I do a 40 bags for 40 days during Lent. We're not obsessive about what constitutes a " bag". Sometimes it's a plastic grocery bag, a box, a project like a cabinet or drawer. We recycle, give to thrift shops, or put in trash or burn barrel. The idea is to do something each day.

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    1. Patti,
      So, that is what you give up for Lent--stuff? That is a very good idea. If I followed Lent, I would do that.

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  9. I have very limited storage space living in a one bedroom apartment, so I've done a great job purging over the years. Clutter seriously messes with my feng shui so I try to stay on top of it.

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    1. tlc,
      I suppose the one bedroom apartment would help me keep down clutter. I had a one-bedroom apt when we got married, but we had nothing either.

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