The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #148390   Message #3447468
Posted By: Bat Goddess
05-Dec-12 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
Subject: RE: Declutter & Exercise )()( December 2012
I'm in the middle of one of those "it's complicated" de-clutterings. Tom wants to use the bedroom upstairs before we get a Christmas tree in about a week and a half.

Since he's been sleeping downstairs, his side of the bed is covered with telephone, notebooks, calendar, books, magazines, unsorted papers. The floor is covered with piles of books, piles of notebooks, boxes of papers, boxes of photographs, more piles of books (because I had to repair the built-in bookcase), two big bags of cowboy boots and shoes he wants to keep (the bags of cowboy boots I need to sell are downstairs), and other miscellaneous ephemera in varying degrees of organization.

Okay, I just started in the logical place -- the bookcase just outside the bedroom door. In taking the stuff off that's piled on top so I can fill the top shelf (I've de-accessioned a bunch of stuff), I had to clean out between the bookcase and the built-in bookcase on the wall. (The little bookcase backs up to the solid side of the stair railing.) That's opened up a bookshelf I haven't seen in years -- so I have to do something about that.

See what I mean?

After that's done, I'll pull everything out of the Christmas boxes which are temporarily in the bedroom (taking up even more floor space). Since I've recently de-accessioned decorations, I think I can consolidate what's left into two boxes instead of four.

Then I HAVE to do some errands -- pick up my meds, check that grocery store for items I couldn't get at my primary store, stop at the post office and mail a package to my sister and, if I'm really organized, one to my secret santee (I just have to find a box and finish the letter; I just ran out the label), if not, then tomorrow. And go to my preferred grocery store for a couple necessary items.

I'd like to think that by the time I get home, I'll do some more organizing in the bedroom, but what is a LOT more likely is that I'll finish the last 40 pages in one of the books I'm reading and then read a bit in one of the others.

Gotta go put shoes over these socks so I can go down cellar and find a box and bring up a couple things to take up to the FREE sign.