Even though you didn't tell me you were astonished at what I was ACTUALLY going to do, I totally feel like I accomplished a lot. Wait till you see the before and after shots! Prepare to be AMAZED! If you want to read the story of the bookcase my dad built, go here.
Of course I have to do before shots for you to ogle. It really is a mess, but there is no place to put any of this stuff. I started by moving the pieces of stuff, I don't dare call it JUNK, to clear out a space for the bookcase to go. It slid easily in place and is not going to interfere with the fan, thank goodness. All puffed up in his best OSHA voice, he says, "WE need to make sure it doesn't cause undue damage to the fan before any of this can happen." Yeah, right, power to the man!
Here is my poor ironing board laden with my extraneous stuff. Remember, not junk.
After about 3 hours of work, I came to this place. Did I throw away a lot? Did I put any in a pile to give away ...........only tossed one paper bag and three huge Hobby Lobby bags I kept for some unknown reason.
I guess that puts me squarely in the category of Ultra Pack Rat. I accept that designation. UPR Proud!
Here is the bookcase in place. Or most likely very close to where it will live. I want it closer to the other bookcase to form an L. Like a nice quiet library.
Now I will work to fill it. I warn you, when you see the next picture, it will be of my stuff put on the shelves in no apparant order. That will come in later bursts of energy.
Here is the bookcase filled with my precious stuff. There are many things there that represent the entirety of quilting. From just plain ideas, to fabrics, to cut out fabrics ready to be put together, to blocks ready to be assembled to tops, to tops, to things that just need to be quilted.
Keep in mind that I still have to go through and organize those shelves yet. I think I want to get the same size containers and organize like that. the small drawer unit between the bookcase and the window is a series of drawers. I can clean the useless office supplies out and put in my sewing notions and small stuff. It is not really sturdy but it will hold a lot of small things in a small space
I really feel open and cleaner. I did sweep and debated about how much of the tiniest scraps to toss. Yes, really. You never know when you are going to need those splinters of fabric. What if they stopped making fabric and you needed a quilt?