Today I am working in my hallway. Its almost a room, square footage size, with a short hallway coming off of the living room and opening up into a “space” as it moves towards the second living area which we use as a classroom and studio space. Well, a storage area right now, but keep an eye on the dream.
This space has three bedroom doors, a bathroom door, the laundry room door and living area door opening off of it. It also holds a built in desk and countertop with cabinets above and below. The desk had cabinets above it also.
The whole space is dark, cramped and pretty much useless. The cabinets have always held a disorganized, random amount of junk and the countertop – always piled high with stuff.
I’ve tried stronger light bulbs, lamps, under counting lighting – you name it. Still dark and depressing. A couple of months ago I was sitting at the desk and looked up at the cabinets looming above me. They were semi-full of books nobody ever looked at and miscellaneous papers and “office” supplies. I pitched or donated 90% of it. Haven’t missed any of it. I’d planned on putting up shelves, but realized that I didn’t have anything to put on them.
So now, it’s bright and white with a few family photographs and a picture I love.
As the declutter has progressed, I realized that the other upper cabinet had never really been used on a regular basis as storage for anything. We just stuck stuff there when we didn’t know what else to do with it. Tore it our yesterday. The bottom cabinet is staying to store all the computer related stuff that has to go somewhere: cords, games, gadgets and gizmos.
Shelves are going above the cabinet to house my daughter’s collection of books that she is reading or is going to read or can’t bear to part with yet. They are currently stashed all over the place and can’t always be found when needed. I think there will also be room for the few movies that we are keeping. We have Netflix so a lot of them are going to the thrift store since we never watch them.
Of course, I forgot to take a “before” picture, but I’ll remember an “after” picture (I hope).
It’s definitely a sign of progress and a changing attitude that the cabinets are ripped out. One of the reasons that I was attracted to this house in the first place was all the storage space. Now, I’m seeing it as a definite negative! The storage space is just no longer needed.
Back to painting!