If you can dedicate some time to cleaning, the final result of a decluttering session will be ten times more satisfying. Decluttering uncovers a lot of stuff you probably weren’t expecting: papers and old pens that have fallen behind cabinets, glitter from childrens craft projects, and cobwebs – lots of cobwebs.
Spiders, like any bugs, love those cosy heaps of stuff we make. They make a happy, peaceful living in those little nooks and crannies. Don’t be too hard on spiders; they’re very good at keeping your house free of other bugs that no-one wants.
But it’s still your space, not theirs, so they have to accept a little bit of upheaval now and again. Don’t feel bad about ‘evicting’ your spiders; they’re very resourceful, and soon find somewhere else to go.
Floors are wonderful spaces. You can put things on floors. You can stand, sit, lie, exercise, eat, read, sleep and work on floors.
Here’s a mildly amusing
anecdote I heard many years ago – so many years in fact, that one might have
whimsically referred to a radio as a ‘wireless’, and not caused too much
confusion among younger people around you.
A man was stuck in a traffic
jam and noticed a small shop that always appeared to be open, yet didn’t appear
to sell anything. The lights were on,
the door was open, customers occasionally went in and out, but their window
display showed only empty shelves – it didn’t appear to sell anything.
The tailback was very long and
it enabled the man to take a good look at the shop, finally to realise that it
sold shelving systems.
Which brings me conveniently to
the subject of this week’s epic blogular post.
It may provide a solution, if you feel your situation would benefit from
If you can’t see your floor, or can’t see much of it, this is because you have put too many things on it. You will be unable to achieve many of the wonderful activities listed above, and that would be a shame.
Fig 1: A floor, seen from above (actual shape and colour may vary).
Try doing those things on a wall. Tricky, isn’t it. No matter how hard we try, we can’t do anything on walls without
having to ‘hang on’ in some way, and that prevents us from doing anything
else. So what’s the point of walls, and
how can they help you sort out your stuff?
I will tell you.
Walls are great places to put shelves. Shelves are great places to put stuff. In fact, that’s the only purpose of shelves! It is their one real purpose in life, and, unlike many of us, they achieve it well. Brilliantly, in fact.
Take a look at your floors. How much of them can you see?
OK, now take a look at your walls. I expect you can see a lot more of them, yes? If you’re the sort of person who likes pictures, perhaps you won’t see much wall, but for many of us, if we were to work out the area of wall we could see, and compare that figure with our floor space, we’d find a lot more wall.
Fig2: A Wall, Two or three Shelves could be built-in to each alcove, or free-standing shelves could be placed here, to take items off the floor. I’ve removed some pictures to demonstrate just how much space is available.
So here’s a notion: how great would it be if we could turn
all that useless wall space into useful floor space? It would be very great, I think.
But how do we turn vertical spaces into horizontal spaces? The answer lies in Shelves.
There are two principal types of shelving system:
wall-mounted, and floor mounted.
Shelves mounted anywhere else will not work properly. I would not recommend mounting shelves to a
ceiling; that’s just asking for trouble.
The wonderful thing about shelves is they come in many forms so you should be able to find a form that suits you. If you feel unsure about fitting them yourself, there are many people out there who may be able to help, even me. Yes, I will fit shelves if you think they will help you sort out your stuff (and you would be right about that). My only stipulation is – you buy the shelves. It’s simpler this way.
Shelves are wonderful things. They turn lots of ‘dead’ vertical space into functional, useful
horizontal space. They get stuff off
your floors. They place useful stuff at
eye-level (a wonderful place), or very nearly so. So all your important stuff is easy to find.
At a pinch, with judicious use of hooks, you can even hang
stuff underneath shelves! This
is useful in places like kitchens, where utensils and cups can be stored for easy
access, or where storage may be limited.
Just don’t put too much load on them.
Best of all, shelves enable you to appreciate your floor
again for the fabulous space it is. A
great floor is one you can stretch out on and not be able to touch anything,
preferably in all directions. This
enables you to reclaim a fabulous space to yourself, one that is all yours to
with your floors in your life – install shelves.