Saturday, May 16, 2009

Spring Cleaning

I'm working on the second bedroom that is supposed to be my "study" but really is the room that gets very dusty and filled with stuff I'm not sure what to do with. I have decided the following:
  1. I am doing a massive book weed-out. Seriously. I am never going to read Dryden's plays again, or if I am, I'll just buy the book again, or check it out of my library. Further, there are some books that are crappy pleasure reads that I surely do not need in my life. I'm turning over a new leaf. Time to get rid of things!
  2. It's time to accept that I am not the sort of person who files, but rather that I am the sort of person who piles. With this being the case, I am getting rid of my two file cabinets (who even knows what is in them? It's not like I use them....) and moving to a system of bins for research-related materials. We'll see how that goes.
  3. Projects like these always actually make the room messier first. Doesn't that suck?
Ok, back to it. Sigh.


Dance said...

I also have a study exactly like that, while I work at what is supposedly my dining table.

I lined the study with bookshelves and I put piles right on the shelves, skipping the whole bins part.

Belle said...

Me too. I have a spare bedroom/study, and recently admitted that I too don't work in there. Rather I work at a table in the dining-room-I-don't-use-for- dining. I don't file either - but I don't pile either. I think it's closer to 'it goes in that box over there.' Bins are simply too small. I am currently begging TPB for another bookcase or two for my office and a decent desk. If the bookcases & desk appear, the existing file cabinet is a goner fer shur. Actually, all I need is a full time filing clerk and my office and working spaces would be nice and orderly. Lacking that, I need more boxes.

Bavardess said...

Wish I lived nearby - I'm sure I could take some of those books off your hands!

Susan said...

I'm always torn about the trashy reads -- I have some that I re-read, the reading version of comfort food. They engage my eyes and require no brain.

Bavardess said...

Susan, I'm the same re: the comfort reads. I have a tattered collection of 1920s-1930s mysteries (think Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers etc.) that I've read umpteen times and I KNOW whodunnit, but I still will never part with them.

Dr. Crazy said...

Oh, I have books like that (though from the sounds of it much trashier than yours - such as the Judith Krantz oeuvre) which never get weeded. That said, I'm fairly confident that I will never reread the fake sequel to Valley of the Dolls. :)