Reading between the storage lines
We’ve been doing some reshuffling at home lately that has, once again, thrown up some storage issues.
As anyone who has lived in the one spot for more than a few years will know it’s surprisingly easy to accumulate a whole lot of stuff that is non essential to daily living.
Throw in a few kids and the quota can go through the roof.
At the end of every primary school year each of my three my kids brought home a portfolio of their work in a plastic folder. Over a period of seven years, that’s more than 20 folders worth of work samples that I can see no long-term use for taking up space I can’t really afford.
My love of books is also coming back to bite me with a vengeance. After whittling it down to about two dozen children’s books I can’t bear to part with (yes, it’s all about me), there’s a hefty pile of well-cared-for reading material now collecting dust in the hallway as I think about what to do with them next.
At least, thanks to this job, I have a fair idea of what not to do.
Any professional organiser will tell you that the worst thing you can do is to go shopping for storage options like containers or furniture before sorting through your stuff. Apparently, far from creating order from chaos, this only adds to the mess.
The problem is, going into a nice, tidy storage shop is far more preferable than sitting at home surrounded by clutter. But I’m on my way. With any luck, by the end of the weekend, the school portfolios will be binned, along with dried up art supplies and piles of old greeting cards for the recycling.
Come to think of it, there’s quite a bit of bed linen that has seen better days and might be better used elsewhere. But one job at a time.
This take-anywhere side table is big on style but small on budget. Side trolley, $25 from Kmart, kmart.com.au