Where do we start on these types of projects?
- SORT… The simple act of sorting the different mediums and grouping them together will give us a better idea of the space needed to store the items.
- PURGE… No need to find a space for unwanted or needed materials…give them the boot and send them packing. Your trash is truly another's treasure. Have boxes ready to fill with unwanted items. (I always haul away what I can fit in my truck and drop of at St Vincent dePaul on Odana Road. This service is FREE for all my clients!)
- IDENTIFY the work space… We always determine where the "Magic happens," so we can keep all the necessities within easy reach. There is nothing worse than being entrenched in a project and then getting up to dig through boxes and drawers to find just the right tool. Keep "HOT" items close at hand and other less used supplies stored in less desirable spaces. (In the photos above, there are white plastic storage drawers and we removed the bottom drawer on each stack so they would fit under the counter and in the "HOT" workspace…simple and very effective solution!)
- LABEL…Some people like this and others do not. I find it helpful after we make big changes so clients can find everything. Simple sticky notes work really well and can be removed once they are comfortable in the space. We can also make labels with a label maker for the outside of doors and drawers if that is preferred. An alternative to labeling is to remove the doors from the cabinets to reveal open shelves. It is easier to see where something is and to put it away without a barrier. It does not look as tidy though, and is personal preference.
- PLAN… I find that many clients who are amazingly creative have trouble harnessing and directing their creative juices. It is a very valuable exercise to sit in the space, write a list of priorities and come up with a plan.