I've spent the last week working in the basement. Having an unfinished basement leads to the very strong temptation to store 'stuff', and I'm determined to get rid of it. I thought that I'd done a pretty good job of cutting back when my basement flooded, but there's a long way to go. I want to pare down until everything is put away and organized, so I've been going through a lot of boxes. I'm being brutal and getting rid of a lot, and it hasn't been easy.
One good thing about taking the time to go through all the boxes is that I've found a whack of books. I had (and lost in the flood) quite a few boxes that were specifically for storing books, but it seems that I had a bad habit that's now paying off. Rather than putting books where they belonged, I often tossed them into piles and random boxes; I'm finding them now.
I also cashed in a couple of gift cards by scooping up any classics that I could find in the discount sections at book stores, and adding those to the newly 'found' books means that my Library is starting to have a fairly good selection. I've got them sorted by gendre for now - mysteries, classics, romance, general fiction, comedy, language, gardening, art and children's books each have a section. The library has a ways to go before it's full, but it doesn't look empty anymore.
I still need a table, console or something to go in front of the window. I also need a file cabinet, so I'll be heading over to the Habitat for Humanity's RE store. I'm hoping that I can find something with a little bit of history to clean up or maybe refinish and then put to good use.
Then I'm going to start saving up for a new closet door.
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