I've been making good progress in the basement of our sweet cottage, clearing out the old stuff that's been stored for many years without being used. Not everything went, but a lot did, and that makes me glad.
Yesterday, I tackled another area that needed sorting. I do the three piles method - Keep, Give Away, Trash. It works for me.
This is part of my storage closet that Tim build for me years ago. This half of it holds my decorating items as well as dishes and bakeware that I don't use regularly. The dishes are mostly seasonal, but I have glass luncheon plates and a punchbowl and cups that I keep to use for teas and other parties.
Its pretty chaotic here. Part of the reason is that I'm not always the one putting things away. I have elves that help me, and I'm happy for their help, but they don't always put things away the way that I would.
I pulled most things off the selves and sorted them into piles. These are items that I am keeping.
These are give away stuff (Kay came and took most of the glass plates and bowls) and Kyle is grabbing the trash items. He came down to help me after I was finished with the shelves.
It may not look much different but I can tell that things are organized and tidy. Seasonal items are together, items I don't want small children to touch are on higher shelves. I was up and down my step stool many times, and later that day my back protested!
I'm really happy with the results. Next week I hope to tackle the other side of this closet. Its where my pantry storage is and the upper shelves have some random items. This side won't take as long to sort, thankfully!
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