Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Under stairs invention

While searching for the jam jars to get ready for jam making I decided to go all the way and clean out the pile of boxes under the stairs that got left in there when we moved in nearly 2 years ago. Some things went to the shed, some to the recycle bin and some just needed using up (like the half packet of oven cleaner). Having lost 50% of the rubbish, only 3 long term storage boxes needed.

From the shed I dragged out some old book shelves and hosed them off. the jumble of garden feeds and sprays on them just needed a good sort and stashing tidily elsewhere.

The shelf unit slid in perfectly and are going to house my jam making kit, wine making supplies and picnic things for the summer.
I might paint them and sort out the rough walls in there later in the year, but for now problem solved at no cost.

12 comments:

  1. I love storage it makes my life so much easier. Your jam and wine shelves look brilliant.

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    1. It was one of those nagging things that needed doing which will make life easier. thanks for comments!

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  2. Doesn't feel great when something you already have just fits into a gap comfortably and you know that you've saved yourself a load of hassle (and possibly cash) - it's like 'a perfect solution' isn't it? Looks so tidy now too xx

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    1. I wasted 10 mins in Wilco last week calculating the cost of bright boxes and decided £25 would go no where in helping with storage.

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  3. Blimey, They look made to measure. x

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    1. I did measure before dragging the shelves inside. Had about an inch to spare because there is a silly bit of wood at floor level embedded in the plaster!

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  4. I love it when suddenly you think of another way of arranging things ... how suddenly something strikes you as being blimmin' obvious and you're surprised how you've not considered it before! I love the little shelves in the cubbyhole under the stairs. These places can be useful if they are well-organized and not allowed to be come an open-the-door-and-chuck-it-in sort-of places. For this very reason when our house was built (we had a hand in its design) we asked our builder not to box in the stair case so that our hall would visually appear wider - this became the ideal place for my old pedestal desk which I was given as a 12th birthday present (it was from a local antiques' shop and I suspect was actually part of an old Edwardian dressing table) and it has remained there ever since. Had the staircase been boxed in, it would've been transformed either into a cupboard or a downstairs loo and we didn't need an extra loo already having two bathrooms in the house. So if anyone has a glory hole under the stairs, I'd say either sort it out or get rid of it entirely. Yours is now a super space, and so well-organized. Well done, Trish Wish!
    Margaret P

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    1. I agree these odd places need opening up otherwise it is dark and full of spiders! A great place for a desk.

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  5. I love it when you fit the perfect fit, even better when you already own the item. It's the time of year for sorting, we are not hoarders but still i find messy corners.

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    1. There is a hoard of magazines in the corner right behind me as I sit here right now. I am trying not to look!

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  6. Bravo! It's grand to discover a way to look at something familiar and see new potential.

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    1. One of the benefits of down sizing is you look at things afresh and do anything to avoid buying anything.

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