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Changing Plans 
9th-Feb-2008 11:23 pm
I'd suggested to daisy_knotwise that we spend some time sorting out the boxes in the basement that need to go back on shelves while Katie took her afternoon nap. But Gretchen needed to do some Capricon work on the computer, so by the time she got down to the basement, I'd busied myself by cleaning off one of the old shelves in the basement and sorting it into sheep and goats.

The goats included some old cans of paint and varnish that had hardened into uselessness, along with a bunch of leftover cassette inserts for cassettes that we'll never run more of. The former will wait for a hazardous material recycling day; the latter have gone into the recycling bin.

When that was done, I pulled out the old shelf, laid down carpet tile, then pulled out a second old shelf so I could carpet under all the space that the new shelf would need. Finally, I build two of the new shelves, leaving just two to go in. One of the shelves in the new set was bent and will have to go back to the store, but I had a spare shelf to replace it with, so that wasn't a problem.

And Gretchen managed to consolidate two boxes of old junk down to one box, so she made progress too.

There is light at the end of this tunnel. Somewhere. :)
Comments 
10th-Feb-2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Sheep and goats?
10th-Feb-2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
It's an old expression about separating a field filled with sheep and goats into the ones you want (the good sheep) and the ones you don't want (the not so good goats).
10th-Feb-2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
There's an online cheerleading site for decluttering called Flylady that tells us that getting organized can be done 15 minutes at a time. Just do something everyday for just 15 minutes, and it'll be better than it was before. I thought this crazy at first, but my house looks better.

Soon (if not already!)Katie's stuff will dominate the home!
10th-Feb-2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work. Maybe I can usu you as an inspriation.
10th-Feb-2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. Seeing the light is a Beautiful Thing. I admire the way you guys have been going at this.

Of course, sometimes, that light is a train. For the past two years, I've been thinking about and working on the new house, with the task of moving in my backbrain. I'm at the point now where the moving planning is moving to the front (2-3 months maybe?). Unfortunately, the next train is already coming down the tracks; fixing up the old house. And after *that* one, comes the selling of the old house.

If I can avoid getting run over by any of them, maybe I'll see a non-train light in a year or two!
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