Do you ever start out with what you think is a fairly simple project and end up with a several day affair that takes you in many different places? Shiny bunny syndrome. Or in my case ADHD. And add to that, I’m an organizing crazy nut that tends to get buried in the detail of cleaning/organizing instead of focusing on the work at hand. To be fair to myself, when I am overwhelmed, organizing helps “reset” my world so I can focus and get things done. I must admit in this case, I went a bit overboard, but I am oh so happy.
I’ve had this table forever (okay, maybe 15 years). The side panels fold down which was great for small spaces The supports that rotate out to hold up the ends needed repairs over the years. When one side collapsed on me a couple of weeks ago, I was done.
I’ve wanted a set-up more like this for a long time and I’ve researched cost, options etc. with little luck for my budget.
The top on my table is perfectly fine, so I thought that maybe plain bookshelves would work. I found some at Home Depot that were the perfect height and size, had adjustable shelves and budget friendly! (did I mention really budget friendly). I ordered 5, plus another odd size shelf for a small space.
Getting them built didn’t take a long time. Getting them organized did.
As you can see, I made do (and I might add very well) with a lot of re-purposed items to gain storage space under my table.
I like things orderly and while everything was labeled……. it was still lacking.
Side one — before:
Bin on the far left is for 2 inch strips. Next to that are drawer units holding specific size cuts. On the right is a re-purposed shoe rack. Size works great for my project and scrap bins.
Side one — after:
On the left, drawer units moved a bit to make more space for bins and other containers. I moved the 2 inch strip bin to the center space and the shoe rack has been replaced with bins and containers. The center trash bin in the “before” picture was moved and a smaller one was placed on the bottom shelf. Love all the extra space.
Side two — before:
Odd storage piece on the left that works, a trash bin and dehumidifier. This side is used, just not efficiently.
Side two — after:
On the left some of my larger project bins, trash bin in the center and shelving for my quilts!!!!
I am thrilled. My only wish – that there were 3 shelves.
I want my storage bins to be all the same but I need to live with this set-up first to decide what will work best. And to do research on options that will fit the best.
In the meantime, I am so excited! It provides more space and options for larger bins.
There is more to this story, because as I mentioned in the beginning the craziness didn’t end here. 🙂
Crazy and organized (or getting there), on the journey, Jackie