Our house is over 160 years old. It has an “extra” stairway in the kitchen that we suspect was originally used by servants. Since we moved in, it has turned into a disaster zone! Thankfully, my mother came to my rescue and helped with an amazing stairway cleanup.
Are you ready to see the horrible before photos? *gulp* Here we go!
I know. I know. It really was bad. Let’s take a closer look at what we had going on here.
My goal was to use this space for:
- cloth grocery bags
- plastic grocery bags
- lunch bags
- extra food that doesn’t fit in cabinets
- rarely used kitchen appliances
All of those things were on the stairs, but they weren’t organized at all. Plus there were plenty of items that needed to be trashed completely.
As you can see, we couldn’t use these steps at all. My mom and I hoped to change that as we reorganized the space. Nate and I don’t have plans to actually go up and down these stairs, but it would be nice to be able to use them in case of a house fire without breaking our necks on the way down.
The first thing we did was remove all the items to see what we were really dealing with. I was able to throw trash (like empty boxes) and relocate things that didn’t belong (like paper products, which I store somewhere else). I also declutter items I don’t use (like the bread machine).
Ta-da!! Isn’t that much better? My fabulous mother even mopped the entire stairway for me!
It was my mom’s brilliant idea to use command hooks (affiliate link) to get all of my bags off the floor. Now my cloth grocery bags, plastic grocery bags, lunch bags, and aprons are fabulously organized instead of in a pile on the steps.
Extra food items can easily be stored on the steps.
We put my crockpots and extra pans (long story!) on the steps also. We made sure there would be enough space for someone to walk up or down the steps on the other side without major tripping hazards.
And that little bucket on the hook? That is a discount refill bucket for hubby’s favorite french fry stand at the beach. Guys, I am so terribly frugal. I insisted that we find a place for this used-only-one-time-a-year bucket, but we found the perfect spot for it!
I am pleased to be able to say that even though this stairway cleanup was completed in May, it still looks just as organized today.
Do you have any unique spaces in your house that could use a major decluttering? How about a stairway cleanup of your own?