Friday, March 18, 2011

Never Too Soon For Spring Cleaning!

The time change has brought with it more energy than I imagined. Or maybe it's the unseasonably warm weather? Either way, I tackled the most massive spring cleaning job I've ever tonight. I wish I'd taken pictures.

Our Girl Guide group meets at a hall downtown, and over the past few months our 'supplies' have reproduced grown from a cabinet-full to multiple cupboards, boxes, bins and plastic bags overflowing across our storage room. Now that the former Guider's basement has been unloaded into our storage room, we were finally fed up with the mess and decided it was time to do something about it.

It wasn't quite this bad, but every week when we walked into the room, we felt like it might as well have been.
Photo: Ed's Project Bike Blog
It was more like this:
Photo: X-tropia
Our storage room would be Blue Raddish Girl's dream. Oodles of boxes of wooden craft cutouts, pipe cleaners, silk flowers, ribbon, lace, beads, Popsicle sticks (4 boxes to be exact) boxes and bags of felt, foam and 3 bins of crayons. It looked like White Rose had dropped by with a truckload when they were going out of business. In fact, we are fairly certain something like that went down.

We tried to document as much as we could. Our goal is to not buy another craft supply for our unit. We should be okay. Yep, that's FIMO at the bottom. That clay you cooked in the oven to make beads! Do you know what else we found? Gimp. Apparently, it's not called that anymore though. Too politically incorrect. Sheesh!

Pipecleaners - red, neutrals, sparkly, 
Fake flowers - pink, white
Wooden craft pieces, clothespins (dollpins)
Popsickle sticks - large, coloured and small
Tin lids
Barettes, porcelin faces
Pom poms
Googly eyes
Film canisters
Easter egg dying kit
Photo matting frames
Foam letters, confetti
Scrap paper, construction paper
Silk flowers 
Paper bags - brown, white with handles
Red twisted paper
Cotton batting
Plastic Bottles (Bracelets)
Pringles containers
Walnut shells
Straw hats and lace
Foam, felt, paper
Seam binding
Drinking straws
Cotton balls
Trillium SWAP kits
Be Prepared Kit
6 SWAPs - don’t know what they are
Parafin wax - 1 box
Crayons - 3 tubs
Coffee filters

We actually didn't throw out as much as we expected, but we still left with 2 bags of garbage, 1 recycling bin of cans and bottles, a couple boxes of paper and cardboard and a few boxes still to sort. It took 4 hours, but now we have a cupboard of craft supplies, labelled and accessible to our girls. We have hula hoops and balls where they can reach them (rather than buried under a mountain of boxes that was certainly a liability) and a cupboard of "Guider Only" material. Oh, and we can also see the floor again!

Perhaps, I'll take an 'after' shot next week to brag a little...


  1. Maybe it's not just the amount of stuff but how it's stored. If it was all nicely sorted and organized and put away, maybe you'd feel better about it? We have a basement that's full of clutter but it's not as bad as it potentially could be because we've used containers and shelves, etc.

  2. Turns out it was all in how it was stored! It compacted down far more than we expected! Amazing what some containers and organization can do!

  3. It feels good to be clean and organized! Will make your spring and summer projects so much easier! Now, you can pat yourselves on the back!