It’s really embarrassing, but this is what greets us when we walk in the door. A little table in the kitchen where we drop our junk. Then never return for it, apparently. A tiny bench for the kids that they can’t even sit on. I hate having this table by the door. I hate this being a first impression when people stop by unannounced. I’ve decided not only to clean up this table, but to eliminate it all together. No table means nowhere to drop stuff, and probably we’ll find the right home for it all!
I started by getting a new garbage bag and actually going through all the junk mail. I collected all the stray toys and laundry and put them where they belong. I filled quite a bit of the bag with plain old junk and old school papers that had just never made their way off the table. Finally, once the table was cleared, I folded it up and stashed it away. I had my husband bring up from the basement a small freezer we were talking about using again. This is the perfect spot. The freezer itself was in bad shape, lots of mildew and dirt from our dank basement. I scrubbed the freezer back to life, and to our happiness, it still worked after sitting in over a foot of water last spring (yay!).
I set up the freezer, and later shopped to fill it! While I was shopping I picked up some baskets from the dollar store to slide under the bench. Each child can put their hats, gloves, etc. in their own basket (and find them again later)! This is such an improvement over the last picture. I feel much better about someone stopping by and seeing a neat area instead of that “table of doom” we had before!!
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