Much of what I do here at The Junk Pyramid is part of an effort to, if not get rid of things entirely, then at least to get them behind doors and out of sight. My latest project had me doing the exact opposite.
See, I have this weird little room/stairway landing/space that served as Quinn's room for a year that has a great feature—this fabulous room-length cedar chest:
It is a wonderful place to store things like extra towels, extra sheets and comforters, and pillows. Unfortunately I also use it to store my board games and my photo albums. I'll deal with the games another time.
My photo albums, for obvious reasons, are difficult to access.
Because they are so difficult to access, I never look at them. Occasionally I will be looking for a particular photo or a photo from a particular era, and I have to drag out all the albums on top and dig through the ones underneath.
It's a poorly designed system.
I decided that my decluttering efforts aren't just about getting rid of things, but making my house more livable. One way to make my house more livable is to put things I love where I can get them. And I love my photographs.
Can you tell?
I'm only 35 by the way. Can you imagine how many there will be when I'm 75? Unless I'm killed in a freak accident where a pile of photo albums falls on me.
I may need a new bookshelf.
Oh, and did you see Sam's beautiful artwork on the wall behind the shelf? Pretty, huh?
Obviously I didn't get rid of any photo albums. Except for this one, that reqires you use photo corners to put the pictures in. Chances of me doing that are slim to none.
Total items: one photo album and one package of photo corners