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Household reclamation / road to a library 
29th-Dec-2011 03:39 pm
I'm going to let the pictures -- lots of pictures! -- speak for themselves, except for one note: this was done over the course of five days, with the invaluable help of my_partner_doug and his partner, ysabetwordsmith.



Okay, I lied; there's more to say. When Doug mentioned a few months ago that they were cataloging all their books, I half-jokingly suggesting hiring them to do the same for us. Over the course of the next several months' discussion, that became a serious conversation, and Dale and I did hire them for a week.

Based on this project, they are willing to consider being hired for other, similar reclamation and organizing jobs.

Because the room in which the Library is to live was such a complete disaster, the first two half days were spent clearing out Mount Trashmore. Of course, it wasn't all trash and had to be painstakingly sorted into what was worth keeping, what could go to Goodwill, and what could be thrown away.

Then there was the dismantling of my old (pre-fab, particleboard) desk upstairs, the one you've seen in all the previous pictures, and moving the rolltop desk into that space. Fortunately, the rolltop comes apart into four pieces. This also meant taking down the shelves that had been over my monitor.

The next step involved figuring out how to fit ENOUGH bookcases into the library to hold all the books. Current count is somewhere around 1,000; I know for sure there are more boxes and stacks hiding in various places. No way all of those were going to fit into bookcases just lined along the walls, and the way the room is set up, I wasn't sure we could do bookcases in the middle. Between Elizabeth, Doug, and Dale, though, they came up with the "nook" configuration just inside the door, while still leaving room for the futon to be opened should we need it for a guest.

Then, of course, we had to buy and assemble all the new bookcases. That part was actually sort of fun (although also frustrating, because the instructions were in pictograms, and we're all pretty verbal).

Finally, after all that, we started sorting and shelving books. And sorting and shelving books. And sorting and shelving books.

It's amazing. I can has library. I can has ordered sets of books. I can has cheeseburger, too, as long as I don't eat the bun.

Also posted at my journal.
29th-Dec-2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
wow that is so good and really inspiring :)
29th-Dec-2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It was a huge amount of work, and there were times I just wanted to throw my hands up in despair, but my_partner_doug was an outstanding Team Lead, and kept things going smoothly.

Now, standing in that nook by the door? Is like being hugged by books. It's wonderful.
29th-Dec-2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Speechless! You must be over the moon with this progress! A library how totally cool is that?!?!?!? Almost better than a craft room. Possibly better... I am undecided!
29th-Dec-2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Seriously, for the last four days I have been randomly exclaiming, "I can has LIBRARY!"
29th-Dec-2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Braver than I am... when I moved, I just ditched about 500 books rather than deal with them!
29th-Dec-2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
I do have five or six boxes of books to go to the used-book store.
29th-Dec-2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
LOL! I can identify so many of those books just by spine decoration (like the Rawn - Roberson - Robinson - Robotech shelf)! I hate to mention this as you've just bought new bookshelves, but if there is an Ikea anywhere near you, their "Billy" bookshelves are wonderful. Not too expensive, and you can buy extra shelves and adjust so that you waste less space putting paperbacks on shelves that are too tall for them.
29th-Dec-2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
The nearest Ikea that I know of is in Atlanta, which is three and a half hours away. I'm amused because I mentioned that, myself, during the project.
29th-Dec-2011 11:34 pm (UTC)

Seriously. It's like looking at a totally different room! You must be thrilled! *I* am thrilled! It looks... amazing.
30th-Dec-2011 03:39 am (UTC)
It really is stunning.
30th-Dec-2011 12:28 am (UTC)
That is AMAZING!! Well done you!! I love it. You must be so chuffed!!! Congratulations!!!!
30th-Dec-2011 03:40 am (UTC)
It really is a blessing -- and we couldn't have done it without my_partner_doug and ysabetwordsmith.
30th-Dec-2011 01:11 am (UTC)
You lot did a super job there!

I am deferring doing much more than cramming as many books into the shelf space we have at present, as the whole lot has to come down and be reconfigured when we take the ceilings down and lower them all when we build the loft conversion...
30th-Dec-2011 03:40 am (UTC)
That seems like a good reason to not spend a lot of time on shelving, yes. Best of luck with the construction project!
30th-Dec-2011 02:50 am (UTC)
I'm also smiling to find out about your friends -- those we're comfie enough to share our messes with are a treasure, aren't they?
30th-Dec-2011 03:42 am (UTC)
They are wonderful friends. We've known each other for almost 17 years, and I hope we have at least 17 more.
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