Last week I tackled my unruly boxes of stuff to shred. I’ve made pretty decent progress- now if only I could figure out what to do with the stuff I need to KEEP!
This week…I’m going for cleaning up the entry way.
We live on the 1st floor of an up/down duplex built in 1902. Some days the charm of cherry wood mouldings, stained glass windows and a claw foot tub are greatly outweighed by the inconvenience of many doorways and odd hallways on top of very little storage space that are the mark of the older urban home. This of course makes it interesting trying to figure out where to put the things that you use and need, but not every day.
Our entry opens up into our Dining Room turned Baby Jail to the left and if you go straight about a foot there is another door that opens up into the Living Room. Because we can get to the Living Room directly through the Dining Room we keep this door closed and use this dead end space for storage.
The main problem we have in this area is trying to cram too much in a small space. We have a screen (albeit ugly) that hides it all, so we continue to throw even more back there and ignore it. It’s all fine and dandy until one day you venture back to get the Kitchen-Aid Mixer and you are stumbling over a set of golf clubs and a stack of packing boxes…
My goal is to eliminate the clutter and get rid of the stuff that’s just hanging around that has other homes (like the Little Green Clean Machine) so the space is usable in the way need it to be: a place to leave our coats and shoes and a place to store my beloved Kitchen-Aid Mixer, fancy dessert pans and decorative cake plates.
Wish me luck!