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In a fit of mild prosperity some years ago, we invested in a top of the line tool chest on chest. It was an over-ambitious statement for a home shop, but coughing up the money seemed like a good idea at the time. Me, I’ll buy anything that’s the right shade of red, and this chest is as good a piece of furniture as anything in the house.
We’ve been downsizing in place, and I keep discovering how very pleasant it is to live with empty space. And how very easy it is to maintain space with little in it.
When we bought our first house, a six-hundred square foot working man’s cottage, a canny older friend reminded me to “leave room for people”. She also advised not to over-restore, but to respect the textures of old plaster and wood.
Leaving room for people has also meant leaving room for us, the best surprise of all my adventures in home furnishing. The peripheral areas of the house are close to empty, and it’s a snap to configure and knock down a room for guests or a big project.
The plan is to centralize the working tool collection on one side of the kitchen. I’ve never known a kitchen that didn’t have a junk drawer. Since my kitchen has no drawers, I have kept detailing gear in a plastic mechanic’s tool box. From that kit, it was a small step to persuade my partner to move the big rig up from the basement so we could enjoy it every day.
The thing is a feast for the eyes, and a feast for the hand, too. It’s easier to wipe clean than any furniture, cabinetry, or appliance I have known. Since each part of the unit locks, I can secure small valuables with no bother. It’s on really good wheels, so it can turn up front and center in seconds.
Most of our home maintenance projects take less than half an hour to finish, but until now, setting up and putting away has taken that long again, at least. I am very happy to be parking shop gear close to the food and graphic production areas of the main floor. I’ll segregate the work tops, avoid toxins, and do dusty procedures outside.
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