Thanks (D------) for sending me your photos! We have 4 or 5 photos here so let's take a peek...
First we are getting lost in an "I can’t see the forest for the trees" kind of scenario here. On the surface it all looks pretty tidy until we do the close ups. You have a nice bookcase. You have some nice albums, tool storage and artwork. But you can’t SEE any of it to appreciate it. You are the victim of a a slow crawling clutter eeking toward you...let's take care of that!
- Address the safety issue first. Heavy items and 12x12 albums to the BOTTOM of the bookcase please. Light items on top. Heavy on bottom for stability.
- You look like you have adjustable shelving on this bookcase so let’s make this not only safer, but more pleasing to the eye. Place the smaller albums up toward the middle or top shelves. Intersperse the decorative plate, spiral photo pot, and small albums or tool caddies on a second or third shelf for a varied look. Right now it all looks like straight-row-i-tis. No visual variation.
- Save most of the arm-height shelves for the tools. Your scissor case, xyron, stamps, and immediate page kits or plastic project box should be at this height for easy reach. Your back and shoulders will thank you.
- I love RL Stine, paperback novels, psychology, Taz, law books, and Marilu Henner too. But all the books you are done reading need to go bybye. This area is a working area not a storage area. And books you want to read next should have their own basket perhaps on the shelf only if you have room or by a comfortable chair. Weed those out a bit. DONATE if you can. I think the basket with the burgundy lining is going to be the new home of the books you want to read! <>
- I am not sure what the green checkered thing is behind the bookcase (looks like a page protector and paper) but unless it is a rotary cutting mat, it needs a new home.
- Re-adjust the shelves to fit the height of the albums/books if possible. Once you have the bigger books on the bottom you can shorten the upper shelveing heights.You have a lot of albums and papers and so on sideways including the mulberry handmade paper roll. These need to stand up. The paper could go on top of the shelves BEHIND the photos or better yet rolled up in a large pretty vase-- upright if it will fit.
- Clear off that top of the cabinet area. I am not sure why you are hiding all those family photos with electronic cords, old candles, flower pots, disney ears, saran wrap on a plate, and what looks like a coffee grinder or pencil sharpener.
- If the plate is decorative, get a tripod holder and DISPLAY it. Use that space on top of the cabinet for ONE thing--family photos. Don't hide the loved ones inadvertantly with clutter. Their smiles can inspire you better than gold mickey ears and an old candle can anyway! :) Clustering like items makes it a valued collection not an afterthought.
- Loose photos and accents are only going to get lost or damaged sitting on top of other items in the open like this. Frame photos and make them a focal point. Be careful of clutter in your memorablia. And the nail polish book needs to go in the bathroom closet or in your dressing table. ;) Flashlights, tupperware, and christmas gifts need to go to their own homes.
- Your drawers are awesome and colorful. Now weed through them one more time and label them.
- I see a really big plastic tub at the lower right of the bookcase. Presuming this is paper storage --or if not it maybe should be-- instead of the albums. Verticle storage in file folders can be great if it is accessable and protected with the lid. You can make your own folders too. It won't curl the paper much at all if you have as much as it looks like you do. Keep it packed in snugly--not tightly and folders might work better for you than albums and page protectors? You mentioned the albums were hard to leaf through and get papers out. Don't put anything on top of the paper tub and lid. You want to be able to swing it out, grab paper from a file and swing it back in. The more things you have to move to do this the harder it is to put things away and the messier you will be.
- Your cardtable and chair look functional. Consider upgrading to a rolling swivel chair soon since most of your tools and supplies are behind you and you have to either turn around or get up to get them.