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29 December 2011 @ 03:33 pm
Household reclamation / road to a library  
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.



BEFORE




AFTER











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 http://flylady.livejournal.com/1044845.html .
 
 
 
Violet Tigress: Serendipityviolet_tigress1 on December 29th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Nice job!
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on December 29th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)

Bravo!

You need a couple of cases like my Bookwall.
I designed it for the maximum amount of books in the minimum amount of space. Made one for Hardcovers too, but I don't hace a picture of that one.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 29th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! Yes, we certainly do.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on December 29th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)

Know anyone who does woodworking? I can send you dimensions...
It's based on a 4x8 sheet of plywood. There's a little routing to set the shelves and that's about it.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 29th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I bet I can find someone! janet.d.miles@gmail.com, if you wouldn't mind.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on December 29th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)

Got it.
Will remeasure tonight.

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 29th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Could you send both sets, the paperback and the hardback?
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on December 29th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)

Yep. and I have some mix cases. Two deep 12"x12" shelves at the bottom, perfect for old records, then setting back to the paperback depth up to the 8 foot mark. I have one of those at about 3 foot wide in my living room. Shelves set a little further apart for DVDs.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on December 30th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
Please! My partner can do enough woodworking to build something like this, and we need a few more cases specifically sized for MMPBs.

stardreamer@mindspring.com for contact.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on December 30th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)

Got your address. Will work on better plans!

FF
~M~je_reviens on December 29th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
ahhhh I love organizing and cataloging books....
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 29th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
That was the original plan. I honestly did not realize how awful the room was; I thought it was just a thin layer of stuff over boxes of books. So the cataloging is still to come.
~M~je_reviens on December 29th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
I worked as a professional organizer and I am a librarian so I love the sorting and deciding where it all goes!
une idee fixeideealisme on December 29th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Yay! That looks well tidy.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 29th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful. I can't express how much more comfortable and happy the room is.
amaebiamaebi on December 29th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
Glorious!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
It is truly wondrous.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on December 30th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
If you ever get the bug to spiff up the shelves themselves, you could always go this route: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/05/paint_chip_shelves.html
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Hm. . .
Gretchen: readingwren08 on December 30th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Book pron! I love it... You've done a masterful job and I know just how difficult it was too.

Theres something wonderful about actually having a library- and something even more wonderful about like-minded friends!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
They are wonderful friends, indeed, indeed.
Barbrahirah on December 30th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh, that looks awesome! And I envy you the space to have a library room like whoa. :D
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
It is! You should come visit our library! :-)
Ayesha: Seshat (found online)browngirl on December 30th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hooray for your lovely library!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hooray! indeed. :-)
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on December 30th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Looks fabulous!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
It is; it's wonderful.
Pernicious the Musquodoboit Harbour Farm Catpernishus on December 30th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
What a glorious reclamation! Congratulations!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on December 30th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I enjoy it more every day.