A couple of weeks ago I went to my sister's to clean out Mother's sewing room. Our parents died 9 years ago but since the apartment they lived in is part of my sister's home we only took out the most personal things at that time. Since then she's used it for guest quarters for her family and friends who came for a visit. Now our aunt is moving into the apartment so I've made a couple of trips there to help move everything out - all the furniture, dishes, linens, etc. have gone away....some we shared, some we sent to charity, some will be part of a yard sale. The only room left was the sewing room - maybe the hardest for us to do. Mother was a pack rat and never got rid of anything; we needed to make this room a dual purpose area with a place for my sister to sew and a place for my aunt to set up her computers and desk. My aunt is blind and her computers are a special kind which talk to her so they need a bit more space than you would think.
I forgot to take the normal before pictures but here are a couple after we started dumping things in the middle of the floor and on any available area we could find as we sorted!
Mom and Dad loved to go to auctions and if there was a box for $1 they would buy it no matter what was in it - consequently we threw away lots of rusty scissors. Lots. Did I tell you there were a lot of them? :)
It took us two days but we ended up with a pretty and usable space I think.
Is this cabinet not to die for? Sigh. My sister bought it at auction from an old hardware store where it was used to hold seeds and tools. It was dirty. It was really dirty. Covered with spider webs and eggs. We cleaned it and scrubbed it and wiped it all down with a nice wood soap. Well mostly my sister did that part but I supervised. That's my job as the older sister and I'm pretty good at supervision if I do say so myself. :) But together we wrestled it into that corner and I'm quite sure it weighs at least 4 or 5 thousand pounds. Minimum. I would not exaggerate about that. We labeled every drawer and now she's all organized...needles, pins, rulers, tape measures, snaps, velcro, embroidery patterns, lace, ribbon, pens, pencils. I want that cabinet. Well maybe not that exact cabinet but one just exactly like it. Except already clean. :)
I think Mama would have liked it. Well, she wouldn't have liked all that we threw away but other than that.....