Yesterday I wrote this post about why we have to stop the big plans for the house for the time-being. Instead, each Wednesday there’ll hopefully be a post with a mini house project that’s been ticked off the list.
Our understairs cupboard has long been in need of a bit of TLC. It is quite literally falling apart and every time I drag something out of it another bit of plaster falls off the walls. That said, any major repair job is not high on a list of priorities and one day it may merge into a downstairs toilet.
Since we moved in its basically been like Monica’s cupboard in Friends, the dumping ground for anything and everything that doesn’t have a home somewhere else. It’s so full of unorganised junk that we can never find what we need and it’s covered in bits of dry dog food and mud from long walks.
So last night I decided to tackle it when I got home from work. Pete was out with his Dad watching football and I thought it would be a nice surprise when he got home (this is as exciting as life gets after 10 years together ;))
Taking everything out, it was sorted into three piles: items that were going back in since we use them regularly; items that needed to be thrown out (there ended up being an entire bin bag full of those!) and items that belong in the garage, at least for now. Once everything was out, the cupboard got the hoover treatment.
And then the brainwave! We had an old shelving unit in the garage that had come with us from our previous home in Forest Hill, where we’d bought it as a shoe rack to go in the little utility room. It had spent some time upstairs in this house whilst we were renovating the office and then we didn’t know what to do with it so popped it in the garage.
I didn’t know if it would fit but it’s absolutely perfect and now means we can stack shoes, buckets, cleaning things and it’s all easy to get to and easy to find. There’s also even room for the hoover so we don’t have to keep dragging it down from the spare room. This first mini project has turned out great, now I just need to find a replacement catch for the one that’s broken on the door and it will be good as new.
Do you have any little projects that you’re either ploughing through or putting off?
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