Day 126: A Morning Walk and Two Utility Room Shelves Organised

Whilst out walking…

The sun was shining down on me whilst out walking this morning; however, the strong wind felt cold against my ears. I still kept walking (occasionally breaking into a light jog) as I needed the exercise. When I came back home there was what I can only describe as a lovely warm ‘chocolatey’ smell; it was evidence that my daughter had been in the kitchen making her and her sister a hot chocolate. I opened the dishwasher and it was empty. The little sweetie had done that as well and I’d only been out for 20 minutes.

The utility room

Later in the day after work, I had a random conversation with my husband about where we should store paint. We bought a couple of new pots a while back so that we could touch up some areas downstairs and never did it. The paint was left in the hallway when I cleared the shoe cupboard, and then got shoved back in the cupboard when I cleared the hallway last week (tut tut!).

My husband thought that the paint would be better stored in the utility room rather than the garage. Any paint we put in the garage ends up being unusable due to the changeable temperature in there.

So, that got me checking out the shelves in the utility room to see what was in there. I couldn’t believe that two of the shelves were taken up by all of this stuff…

Utility room cupboard before decluttering

When I sorted through it, I put some of it back into a tidy basket and the rest didn’t even belong in there (such as the candles stick holders that we hardly use but still want to keep). This allowed the pots of paint to fit nicely on the top shelf along with the shoe polish box. And there’s still a bit of room. I still need to work out where to put the candlestick holders. Maybe they can go on a shelf in the garage.

Utility room cupboard after decluttering

This has made me want to start on the rest of the utility room; however, I need a plan first, as it’s a bit of a free-for-all in there at the moment.

Do you have a utility room? If so, what do you store in there, and is it all organised with everything in its place?

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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3 Responses to Day 126: A Morning Walk and Two Utility Room Shelves Organised

  1. Maria Smith says:

    Ah, yes, the utility room. mine has a sink, and the washing machine is under the sinks draining board. There is also a tall cupboard full of junk! Things like spare lightbulbs and batteries. Cleaning products, dusters scourers and spare toilet rolls.

    My microwave sits on the other side of the sink and there is a small fridge under the unit where we keep the beer! There are three doors in there. One leads to the garage, one goes into the garden and the other goes into the kitchen.

    I’m not ready to tackle it yet as there are other things to be done first.

    What you’ve done looks good.

    • Thank you for sharing what you keep in your utility room Maria, I appreciate that. I think that there are so many things that we tend to keep just in case, that the utility room ends up being the perfect dumping ground.

  2. I think the term utility room is odd as really it is just storage. I don’t have that type of room I guess that is what my basement is, and yes it is large but just because I can spread things out doesn’t mean they are organized always.

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