Wednesday, March 22, 2006


In my apartment, I have a fairly good amount of storage space. There's a hall closet lined with shelving; a bedroom closet two doors wide with clothing rod and upper shelving; and tons of kitchen cabinets. I've added an IKEA armoire that I had in my last place.

As for storage boxes, I currently have a mismatch of stuff, with much being in cardboard boxes. One of the main things is that they'd have to fit in my closet and still be easily removed. I have a tough time removing my tool box and drafting box from the hall closet because they're stuck up against the side next to the door frame. If I had two storage boxes, I could put one on each side and put things easy-to-remove like pillows and tool boxes in between. Right now I have the long plastic containers and they take up almost the whole shelf, making the empty side almost unreachable. This requires measuring.

Storage boxes:

these are not clear, but they have a cool clear flip down door to access stuff without unstacking.

clear, useful, multiple sizes, cheaper

I could probably find stuff for cheaper at Target or IKEA.

First stage 'to do' list

To do list:

1. Hang mirror in hall; on a fabric back? to hide elect. panel. Maybe I could buy an artist's canvas w/ an extra cross piece to hang the mirror on, then hang the canvas from each side of the elect panel.

2. Frame Whistler photo & Alaska print and hang (where?)

3. Organize clothing. move what I can from armoire into closet on left side and move out shoes.

4. Get rid of the junk under my bed. I don't need to save styrofoam packing material and I'm not moving anytime soon, so most of the boxes can go away.

5. Clean up the desk and put the drafting table under the bed.

6. Assemble the second shelf for the desk. put printer on/under it.

7. Remove extra panel of desk

Stuff, I mean, my stuff

The start of the de-cluttering...

I need to purge some clothes, or at the very least, start to organize things by season and activity. I've got tons of winter wear that I don't use much here in CA other than some sweaters, but I'd hate to purge it and find myself moving to Boston. Right now it's the ski jacket that gets the most use. I bemoan the fact that I haven't had any reason to pull out my wool coats.

And then I have warm weather activity wear, like sarongs and surf shorts and a snorkel and mask and fins. Then there's rollerblades and climbing gear. Man, I really need a garage (all this stuff is important!). Also, where do I put my ski rack during the summer months? I've used the car 'til now. It looks a bit silly to drive around with a ski rack in CA in July.

What I really need to do, is get rid of most of the clothing in my IKEA closet thing, or reorganize it to go in my closet. Then I could reclaim that space for storage for neatly organized plastic storage boxes of sweaters, outdoor gear, drafting supplies, college and hs memory boxes, linens, etc. I think that's realistic.

My closet shelves are not being used to full potential because they're unreachable w/o a chair. *lightbulb* Maybe that's where I should store my ski rack! on the top shelf of my big closet! Hmm... do I have room for that?

Tall/long things: skis, vacuum, laundry, ski rack, file cabinets, tent, folding chair