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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

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