Then again…

Remember that comment last week about wanting to move a bookcase?

There is no way to move a bookcase without emptying it first. As you can see, I succeeded in both the emptying and moving part. What you can’t see are the multiple piles of books that were on the floor behind me, lining the hallway outside my office door. Of course, emptying and moving a bookcase implies a third step to restock those empty shelves, which can’t be done without sorting, reading inscriptions, reminiscing, and evaluating the keepworthiness (yes, that’s a word; at least, it is in my vocabulary) of each volume.

Two days later those shelves were full again … but it became obvious that now the bookcase in the background needed to be moved. Even six measly inches to the right required a repeat of the entire previous process.

Two more days and the second bookcase has been emptied, shifted, and its restocking is almost complete. I imagine you think that means my floorspace is now clear, but you’d be wrong. If you look carefully at the first photo and the one below, you’ll note that much of the clutter is NOT books. Things that had resided on bottom shelves, stacked in corners, and stuffed under the desk still don’t have a tidy, out-of-sight residence.

All those items had to be temporarily shunted somewhere so I had space to work on the bookcases. <sigh>

It’s been almost a week now, and I’ve succeeded in clearing my desk (yes, I admit much of it went on the floor against the wall, in the spot previously vacated by the first bookcase; please don’t laugh), and I’m working on the rest.

I’m trying very hard not to take the lids off those four business file boxes, each of which is filled to the brim with family photographs needing sorting and filing!

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3 thoughts on “Then again…

  1. Darlene says:

    Good for you for getting it done. Always a good time to weed out some things.

  2. You’re doing a fabulous job. I know it may not seem like it, but huge progress has been made. Think of the mess we make after Spending all day preparing Christmas dinner only to be left with a huge mess and nothing to show for it. Yours is nit the case.

  3. Carol says:

    You two are very encouraging, thanks. I can’t say that my office is actually tidy now, but I’ve completed as much of the task as I intended, and am now on to other things. 🙂

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