As you may know from reading previous posts, I’m in the midst of reorganizing my books and media.
When I bought this place twenty some years ago, I was single, and after a year or so I hired a carpenter to build in bookcases in the second bedroom. Here in California, most homes are built on slabs, so I have no basement, the attic is a hands-and-knees affair and I needed an office-library a lot more than I did a guest room. I call the resulting space my Study. It contains an old solid walnut accountant’s desk with shelves over, two low storage cabinets with shelves over, a window seat under which are stored the extra tall books like books on art and illustration, a computer desk with shelves over, a lamp table and reading chair on the wall with the door to the room and shelves over door height to ceiling, two large bookcases and the closet door (a small walk-in that once held books but has since been claimed by Wife).
The ceilings in this place are high, on the tallest wall of the bedroom it’s sixteen feet, on the low side fourteen. I had shelves built floor to ceiling on the low wall, five feet to ceiling on the side wall, over door to ceiling on the tall wall. I knew I’d never run out of space. Ha!
On the remaining wall are the Ikea bookcases which hold the CDs. Some of them. Most of the classical CDs are in a set of shelves in an area dividing the living room and dining room. When I say most, I mean, by composer, A-M. The rest of the classical, plus all the multiple-composer compilations are in the Study. Also in the room was a spinning CD holder for rock, musicals, non-rock vocalists (think Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, June Christy and the like) and some soundtracks. The rest of the soundtracks were in another bookcase. (!)
I went years with just putting new purchases on a separate shelf because I’d not left any space at the end of existing shelves for additional items. Thus the CDs and the books were “mostly” organized, but frustratingly NOT organized at the same time. Arrrg!
So I made it my New Year Resolution to get things organized, and I started with the CDs.
So far, so good. I set up a large folding work table in the living room. I boxed all the CDs, cleaned the shelves, reset the ones in place to give me the maximum storage with the minimum space above the CDs. I’m having to add shelves to the largest bookcase. It’s a little complicated because I’m reusing some shelves a neighbor gave me. Then I planned where the new shelves would fit. I’ve cut them down to the right size, but they have to be painted (they were stained). So I’ve cleaned them with a de-greasing agent which took off all the surface stain.
While that is happening the CDs, by category, came out onto the work table to be alphabetized, vocals by artist, soundtracks by film title, classical by composer and so on. Starting Saturday, while watching the Olympics I began this task. In the process I found a lot of things I hadn’t heard in a long time, but I decided if I started playing things I’d never get done so everything stayed in boxes and in order. I had little alpha stickies on the table…it was quite a process.
Meanwhile those shelves still have to be primed, then give them a final coat of paint. All for three extra shelves, but every inch counts. I’ll be working on these shelves today.
Status as of Feb 16 – CDs:
- Non-Rock Vocals – sorted and on shelf
- Soundtracks – sorted and mostly on shelf
- Classical – Living room shelves re-sorted. Rest partly sorted, none on shelves.
- Spoken Word – not begun
- Rock – not begun
- Jazz – still in a different, separate bookcase, not begun.
Status as of Feb 16 – Books:
- Tall shelves (under the window seat) cleaned and books replaced large box of books donated to library.
- all other books – not begun
That last one is the kicker. As you can see, I am making progress but there is a long way to go. Especially when a lot of the book re-shelving must be done on a tall ladder. Ouch.