I set a goal this week to tackle this mess of a basement closet that I showed off last week.
This closet contains art, office and school supplies, sewing materials, craft stuff, WIPs (Works In Progress), boxes of photo CDs and other memorabilia, and an 8 year collection of Suzuki piano music, books and materials. My objective was to sort out all of my art & sewing stuff and move it to my art studio and hopefully purge and relocate the rest. A girl can hope right?
From basement to attic - sounds easy enough. I set aside a few hours one afternoon.
First I moved everything upstairs to the living room floor. It's important to take things in stages; pace yourself, go get a big glass of water. This might take awhile.
To start things off right, I set up 3 bags: White (to donate), Black (to throw out), Paper (to recycle). I use different colored trash bags because...
Have you ever thrown out something perfectly wonderful that you were saving because it was in a black trash bag? I have (sigh).
These are the items I kept that were relocated.
I also started a pile for all the items that I'll move to my art studio...you'll see that soon. This took care of all of the loose stuff.
But, I still had to deal with all of these containers FULL of stuff!
Sorting can be emotional work!
So I took a break...breaks are necessary when doing hard work. I ate a bowl of delicious red raspberries and sat outside and smelled the flowers for awhile.
Then it was back to sorting...
|Look! More stuff for my studio!|
|More office supplies for the college students|
|Who remembers stick-on letters to make signs? I am dating myself.|
The items for my art studio grew too.
Lots of empty containers - such a good feeling. Save containers until the house is organized. They really come in handy.
Finally, all done! The basement closet is completely empty and below is the stash I kept for my art studio. I was happily suprised to find many projects that need finishing (as well as starting), so I am excited to have everything I need in one room. Now to find a home for it all!
Now, I've learned over the years that some families collect wine or art or books...
|We collect writing utensils!|
What hidden collection is lurking in your closet?