Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Bookcases!

Yippee! We got some knotty pine bookcases at an estate sale, so now I can get more books moved out of my craft room. Of course I was so busy over the weekend moving books around that I didn't get anything done, but here's what they look like: (oh and they're not going in my craft room because they're too big!)

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Not much progress yet...

Yesterday was a tough day for me because I had every intention of spending the afternoon working on this room and well, let's say my fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue kicked my butt and I was moving rather slowly, if at all. We spent the morning out of town at garage sales and helped our daughter and SIL get a desk and dining room hutch, so it wasn't a loss, they got great deals. Anyway, on the ride home I knew I was getting the butt-kicking that happens any time I try to get out and do physical things (that means anything besides sitting at a desk or on a recliner.) Sooo, here's what my room looked like after I'd removed a few books from the bookcase. Notice the desk is still a complete disaster, as is the side table under the window.
I tell ya one great thing that happened as a result of taking these pictures though, I noticed that the cubies on the left side of the desk hutch have holes to adjust the shelves. Well guess what??? My 12 x 12 inch paper fits perfectly in that space, so I'm going to see if I can find more thingies to put in those holes, then have some thin fiberboard or something cut to size and viola! I'll have my own paper storage cubies! Awesome, huh? The pictures below shows some partially emptied bookcase shelves. Believe it or not I really did make a dent!
See! One shelf is almost completely empty below...

... and this cubie on my hutch had a bunch of other books in it that I'll be donating, so now it has "keeper" books that don't need to be out in the bookcase. You know, things like those antique poetry books and Bible College research books (Nave's, Vine's, hymnal, etc.)

Just to prove that I really did remove books, see the box below. My DH already carried two big tote bags out to the car. How I possibly found the strength to cart those things around I'll never know!

Ok, now for the piece de la resistance (you know what I mean, right?)... tada... I carried the folding table up from the basement (not an easy task with the Border Collie behind me, cat running up the stairs and old dog Charmin at the top of the stairs) and put in at the end of the bed so I could pile stuff on it that didn't belong in my craft room. Yeah, so I cropped it to disquise the messy bed... anyway I decided the little dancing guinea pigs, furbies, Valentine bear, etc. no longer have a place in that room, so now they're in the hall closet until I find new homes for them *sniff, sniff, sniff*... Perhaps I'll get them out to play again once in awhile, but for now I must remain serious about the task at hand!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Transformation To-Do List

Here's how far I've gotten so far this week. I got a to-do list created. TA-DA!!! Hey, at least I got that done, and being the type of person who needs to have some structure to keep her on track, this was an important first step. The actual list has squares to the left of each number so I can check them off as they get done. There's also a line going all the way down about 2 inches from the right side of the page so I can scribble notes if needed. As you can see, this is quite a project. Tomorrow morning DH and I are going garage saling (sailing looks better, but that's not how it's spelled) with our DD and SIL, then when we get back DH is going to a baseball card sale, so maybe I'll get started on it while he's gone. Of course having received some books from the library in the mail today I might be a little distracted, especially by this one:

Pretty Little Patchwork

My To-Do List


  • 1. Take everything off
  • 2. Sort and categorize
    Paper crafts
    Computer supplies
    Books – relocate (see bookcase)
    Misc – relocate if not craft or computer
  • 3. Put storage items in bottom drawer of metal file cabinet
  • 4. (There's a blank line under each category for last minute tasks.)

  • 1. Categorize books
    Keep – catalog
    Scan – put in other den
    Donate – put in box
    Sell – put in box
  • 2. Relocate non-book items
  • 3.

    File drawers
  • 1. Remove and shred outdated material
  • 2. Categorize and label all files
  • 3. Organize files in drawers by category
    Household (i.e. receipts & warranties)
    Other (i.e. travel)
  • 4.

  • 1. Remove boxes and cases from floor and sort/toss/etc.
  • 2. Remove clothing not worn in past year
  • 3. Evaluate magazines and notebooks on shelves and toss if not needed
  • 4. Install rail on floor or remove doors (?)
  • 5.

  • 1. Organize craft table
  • 2. Organize wire cubes
  • 3.
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