Scrappy Storage of Possible Scrap

A month or so ago I wrote a post about making things. (read it here if you missed it) and my good friend Mrs Snail suggested I join a group of crafty bloggers who post monthly about things made from scraps. It is all curated by Kate who blogs as Tall Tales from Chiconia. You can find her blog (here ) with links to all the other happy scrappers. So this is my first post specifically on using up rubbish creatively.

Every few years I get this strange urge to have a good clear-out, a massive de-clutter; and I withdraw from groups I no longer feel such a bond to making more time in my life. Then of course I acquire more stuff, get involved in new things until the next time! After a couple of limbering up exercises with my daughter helping me to purge the loft and the collection of slides my husband had taken (if I don’t recognise the person or place why keep them?) I started on the house.

Three walls of the sitting room were lined floor to ceiling with shelves of books and more overflowed into the spare room. An old parish chest had been full of them for ten years or so. I took down all the ones I thought I would never read again. There weren’t many left! Which made me lose my nerve. What if I was being too ruthless? Many were old and out of print so if I changed my mind they would not be easy to replace. I started to carry them up to the loft – filling up all the space we had cleared. But the piles started to wobble, putting them in boxes just gave me tottering piles of boxes instead!


Then I had a brainwave. My friend Jeni and I had bought compost for our gardens in a large enough quantity for it to be delivered – on two pallets, which were still in the carport waiting for a use to be found for them. A quick check proved that a pallet was exactly the right size to fit into an alcove in my studio – perfect. Lurking in a shed was a stack of terracotta cylinders. They are made to stack as the inside of a chimney when a house is built. Why we bought them is lost in the mists of time but they have come in handy for a number of projects. Even so there were 8 left. 4 pairs lifted the pallet to just the point where the sloping ceiling meets the wall. Non-fiction went underneath with the stacks holding each other up, fiction and theology went on top (the juxtaposition was entirely subconscious I promise!)


Problem solved! If they are still there in a couple of years time I will start taking them to the charity shops. Then I can either use the shelf for storing something else (the clutter will be building again by then I know) or dismantle it and use the pieces for something else entirely.

12 thoughts on “Scrappy Storage of Possible Scrap

  1. The Snail of Happiness May 15, 2019 / 7:52 am

    computer going mad because Daisy is determined to sit on my keyboard!
    Anyway… nice to see pallets here and on Wild Daffodil’s blog. It will make Mr Snail feel right at home!


    • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2019 / 9:40 am

      It’s cats who sit on my touchscreen tablet and send it daft! I expected something pallet-ish from Mr Snail but it was a bulb holder moment instead! The pieces on Wild Daffodil’s blog were wonderful – have you got him working on replicas yet?


  2. katechiconi May 15, 2019 / 10:46 pm

    You score a gold star for creating functional storage from scrap!
    Having unpacked 12 boxes of books yesterday onto the shelves we’d salvaged from the previous house and put up here, I have fellow feeling for the task of putting that up and then stacking it – pallets and terracotta are not light.

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    • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2019 / 9:37 am

      It WAS hard work carrying everything up the stairs – the pallet was the worst because it was so awkward and I was getting tired. But well worth it to get the books stored tidily and out of the way. I just have to find a new home for my spinning wheel which used to live there!

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  3. tialys May 16, 2019 / 9:08 am

    It’s hard to throw away books so I can understand why you are reluctant and, after your ingenious use of pallets and chimney stacks, you now don’t have to until you feel ready.

    The last time I got a strange urge to have a big house clear out was when I was pregnant – I believe it’s called the nesting instinct – but that was 24 years ago and neither is likely to happen again . 🤣


    • Going Batty in Wales May 16, 2019 / 9:17 am

      a s I am 69 and a widow I don’t think that is the reaxon! I do feel that there is some quite big change on the way in my life but I have no idea what. Time will tell.


  4. claire93 May 17, 2019 / 8:17 am

    an excellent idea to maximise storage space.
    I think we all have difficulty getting rid of old books . . . so best to keep them until you decide what to do.


  5. Joanne S May 17, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    Another use for pallets! This is a grand idea.

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  6. dezertsuz August 15, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    That was a great solution to the problem. I, too, have trouble ridding myself of books, even if I never intend to read them. Someone might! My Kindle has helped a lot with that, but there are still books I just want to hold.


    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2019 / 5:43 pm

      I love reading a ‘real’ book but these days I borrow them from our local public library unless it is non-fiction and I know I will refer to it many times. I was spending far too much on novels I read once and then just stored!


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