Monday, January 28, 2013

Working on the Workshop

Even before I had to move everything around in my basement workshop to gain access to dig out and repair our water main last week, the room was a mess.  It has shelves and cabinets and lots of flat surfaces that collect all sorts of crap ... whether it's crap that belongs in a workshop or not.  I need to reorganize things in there and try to concoct some sort of system that will reduce the likelihood of this type of mess in the future. 

My dream would be to have a workshop where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place ... but I'm realistic enough to admit that this will probably never happen.  At the very least, I will be satisfied with having a general idea of where to look for most of my tools and supplies.

Today, I concentrated my efforts on the east wall of the workshop.  When I started, that area looked like this:

So much of this is stuff is here because it was displaced by the water main work.  Other things have been sitting there for weeks.
Doesn't the scene remind you of the photos that the original archaeologists took in King Tut's tomb?
This wall is supposed to be a work space with cabinets above it.  The way I had the various cabinets and things arranged just wasn't working, though.  It took a few hour's work, a quick trip to the Habitat ReStore for another kitchen drawer base cabinet, and some rearranging of things I already had.  I'm really pleased with what I ended up with.
I have had these yellow cupboards forever, and they have just been sitting around without a purpose.  For now, I will use them upside down like this, just sitting on the counter top ... till I figure out if it is possible to mount them securely to the soft brick wall.
There you have it.  It's a start, and I still have a LONG way to go till this room is acceptable.  The top of my work island is still piled high with all sorts of stuff  ... I'm okay with that for now, because I know that I will (hopefully) put it to rights very soon.


  1. I have to keep organizing and hope one of these days it's done?? oh it will never be done!
    hugs, Linda

  2. I'm so glad you said that those cabinets were upside down! I would never have figured out that curve on the top of each section. This summer my basement is going to get a serious cleaning! Why wait--School! It consumes my life and energy. Counting the days until I retire.♥♫

  3. Wow-That is going to be a really, really great workspace when you are done with it. Looks like you have good bones started there. xo Diana

  4. If anyone will get it squared away and workable, YOU WILL!

    I don't have a basement, but you should see the garage! Yikes!

  5. We're thinking along the same wavelength -- I'm trying to get my basement organized too!

  6. Ahahahaha! King Tut's Tomb! I spit my water out on the keyboard!
    I just watched "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy", so this was extra funny!



  7. Well, that's impressive! Way to repurpose!

    Looks like you've been working hard. Will you come here, now, and help me, please?

  8. I LOVE those yellow cabinets!!!.. against a brick wall, awesome.

  9. That's a good start to a seemingly overwhelming task. I hope you're able to find a place for everything and get it workable for you. I've been there with my craft space. I never did get it where it worked the way I had envisioned. Probably because the space was shared with the office. What can ya' do, lol?!

    I wish you luck and can't wait to see how it turns out!

  10. I really like what you did, Connie. One wall at a time . . . I’m into labels now. A place for everything and a label so I remember to put it back there. Pretty brass ones from Habitat, cards inside plastic containers and luggage tags with jute ties. That’s a great carton in the before picture. I’m a hoarder of boxes and that’s a good one.

  11. The upside-down yellow cabinets are similar to the upper cabinets in my former house's kitchen. Cute.

    Nice winter project - organizing. You've got a really good start on it.

  12. Ohhhhh....I feel your pain, girl! You should see my basement. DISASTER!!!!! I have crap sitting all over the floor, pillows that seem to reproduce all on their own spilling off of shelves that are crammed full of ..... crap. I sooo need to get down there and declutter! I think you may have given me a nudge in the right direction. lol!

    xoxo laurie

  13. gosh, it's a job big enough to make you cry. best of success...


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