Creating a Plan
Spares and ReplacementThe first thing I did was sat down and thought about what I needed from this space. The first thing was obvious I needed somewhere to put spares. We don’t have a lot of space, but when possible, I prefer to bulk-buy stuff on offer. In a similar was I hate running out of essentials like tissues and washing up liquid. So when the last gets opened, I order the replacement. So one shelf will be given over to spares.
ToolsMichael got a couple of cordless power tools for Christmas, and they have nowhere to live. The current tool provision is a small drawer in amongst my crafting drawers. This space has been sufficient for things like a tape measure and some command hooks, but it won’t cut it for the new tools on the block, so one of the shelves needs to be given over to tools.
Cleaning GadgetryNow we have swapped our heavy full vacuum cleaner for a smaller handheld one (with a floor extension) the rest of out cleaning gadgets like the steam cleaner and window Vac should be able to fit onto one shelf together, so I plan to allow one rack for these.
SewingMy lovely sewing machine which I have to confess gets a little bit neglected is currently residing underneath the desk, thankfully it has a dust cover so all should be well. It deserves to have a proper home, so I think I should give the final space to both the sewing machine and the various bits and pieces that go with it.
Clearing the Space with the Reaching AidIf you are new here, I need to explain at this point that I have Fibromyalgia. A project like this is going to take me a while to complete, so I have allowed four weeks to do it in, one shelf per week. Although I may be able to do one rack in a day, it takes a lot (or several spoons in spoonie speak) out of me so when I do a physical job like this I need some simpler days after it. As well as the energy required to tackle the project I also need some material support to do it and that is where the Reaching Aid (Amazon Affiliate) comes in. I decided to start with the second shelf down because this is where the spares are going to live, and at the moment the box of spares is currently on a chair in the bedroom, so it appeared the most pressing need was this shelf. I managed to lift the items from the front of the shelf with no problem. Some of them were things that would be going back on there once I organised it, but I’ll admit, I produced half a bag of rubbish as I gradually emptied items off. As I progressed toward the back of the space, I needed to use my Reaching Aid to grab and pull objects closer. If something was too big to grip with the grabber, I just used it as a simple stick to push the item. Once I had an empty shelf, the Reaching Aid came into its own again to get the place clean.
Gaining a home for my sparesFinally, once I had a rest after all the organising and cleaning it was time to put the items on the shelf that were going to live there. I decided to keep all the kitchen bits and pieces, for instance, the water jug filters and the bin liners in the “temporary” plastic box. If there is one thing I have learnt, it is easier to keep things clean in containers – obvious I know really. So I can proudly present the first organised shelf.
Next Wednesday I will be back to update you on the progress of the second shelf. In the meantime, don’t forget about my Fibromyalgia update on Friday and my crafty news on Monday.
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