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Organising painting supplies.

Welcome to week 27 of Tidy2020. Well, we’ve officially passed the mid-year point! What a strange first half of the year it has been. It has certainly been a corona coaster here, some massive highs and some deep lows, but so far I would say that I am definitely winning overall! Anyway, this week is painting and decorating kit and I’m illustrating it with some of the rooms that I have painted since moving into this house 3 and a half years ago because they are much prettier than my tins of paint…

Right, you know the drill by now. Ferret round and bring out all the kit that you use when decorating – paints, brushes, rollers, sanding paper, filler, white spirit etc – anything that you need to get hold of when you are decorating a room. Then divide it into categories and go through it. Be pretty ruthless with this category, don’t hang on to old paint for too long – it can go “off” quite badly (as I found out when I was painting the cabinet in my utility recently!). Usually old paint needs to be recycled in a special area at the tip, so make sure that you know your tip’s rules.

Old paint brushes – do make sure that you only keep the best ones. Again, as I found out when painting my utility, you want to make sure that your brushes are up to the job – I was cursing at the quality of the paint I was using (usually I go to Johnston’s buildbase, but even with lockdown easing, I could only make it to Homebase and then I felt all rushed when it came to picking the colour and type – not the fault of the store, I must add – so I just kinda grabbed the nearest paint in a colour that looked vaguely right and hoped for the best), when I came to realise it was actually the fault of the old brush that I was using. Once I picked out a better brush, the paint went on much better. So let those old brushes go, there is often only a certain number of times you can use them.

Once you have let go of the items that you do not wish to keep, make sure that you store the rest of the items together; I am reading Francine Jay’s, “The Joy of Less” and in it, she talks about creating “modules” for storage. I like this concept very much, in fact, I probably already mainly do it! Certainly, all the kit that I keep for painting sits in one box – having cleared out and redesigned my garage recently, I will be buying some of the extra-large Really Useful Boxes to act as storage in there, just as soon as I can afford to (right now, all my money is going on vet’s bills, converting my shed to use as a studio for Photo Management, and investing in the equipment for Camera Scanning). Maybe the boxes will make it pretty enough to finally put it on Instagram…

Anyway, good luck with this category!