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Day 6 - Toolbox
Tuesday 6th October
I thought this ugly toolbox was going to be a great storage solution that would solve all of my pen, eraser, pencil sharpener storage problems.
And it kind of worked. But's it's ugly and it's not that great of a solution. So I re-homed everything inside of it.
I removed this insert from a cute cardboard box that I've held onto for years just because it was cute.
The cute little box lid is now holding all of my little mechanical pencil consumables, leads and erasers. The base is holding the graphite pencils. There is absolutely no point in having an empty box on the shelf when it could be useful. (Yes, I know there is more then one of pretty much everything in there, I'll get to them.)
For all of the pencils, pens and highlighters etc I'm using a yoghurt container for now. I like how this looks much better! The toolbox will probably be put to good use in the shed.
Day 7 - Old business cards, fabric scraps, even more scraps & re-purposed box.
Wednesday 7th October
I feel like I've only got rid of little things that make me wonder why I've even bothered.
The thing is though that I've done a lot of consolidating. I've been able to do a lot of consolidating that I couldn't have done if I hadn't already done some decluttering in the sewing room.
By consolidating I'm able to reduce the amount of containers and you may recall from day 2 that reducing the amount of containers is one of my goals.
I got rid of some more fabric scraps.
And even more fabric scraps.
I also found a box of old business cards. I thought I could use them for tablet weaving cards or something. Should I keep one for posterity? I don't know, but I do know I don't need this many!
And although it feels like I'm not really getting rid of much I'm already seeing some changes in the sewing room.
It feels like things are getting worse before they get better in some areas but as I consolidate and put like with like it gives me a much clearer picture of what I really do have.
Now I finally get to use the box for something else.
I've tried several methods of storing my sewing scissors and rulers. The last method was hanging the scissors and keeping the rulers in a drawer. Both were really annoying and didn't work that great.
So I cut the lid off of the occasion card box and I'm using it for my scissors and rulers.
I think this is going to work much better for me. I don't like how this space looks today as compared to yesterday, but one step at a time. I think I need to get rid of some of those rulers too, perhaps I'll start with that tomorrow.
I've tried using the lid of the card container too. I'll try to remember to take a photo and show you tomorrow.
Finding the right container can make the difference between solving a clutter problem and failing.