Monday, September 15, 2008

Reclaiming the surface

The surface of the dresser, that is. It's a lot like reclaiming the kitchen table. This project had results just as dramatic, and it, too, is an ongoing battle.

The before picture, wide angle. In the foreground you see a crate overflowing with Braille books, in the background a dresser masquerading as a bookshelf.

Close-up of the dresser; it has more than just books on it, but the books are the hardest to handle. Note that the actual shelves to the right are full to overflowing. I can't help it; books are awesome!

Here's a closer look at the overflowing crate. Amigo isn't likely to reread these; his favorites are already on his bookshelf. Now what?

The solution: sort.

1. The Braille volumes are in the box on the left awaiting donation to either the local school system or the state school for the blind.
2. The orange crate is the "hold" crate for books that I might part with -- or maybe not.
3. On the right are the books designated for new homes. I posted every title in this crate on

The result? I can see the dresser top now! My geode bookends look lonely, though. Maybe I need a few new.... no. Just no.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Those books! The crates seem to do the trick of keeping them from getting bent & crunched, though. I love a freshly cleaned space:)

I tagged you, BTW.

9/15/2008 1:28 PM  
Blogger whatloknows said...

Hi. I came across your site via 'after the dust settles' blog.

Yeh, it is amazing how quickly things clutter up. oh well, it shows character and a lived in life!!!!!

Great blog.

9/16/2008 12:54 AM  
Blogger Holly (me.) said...

Mmmm... I am a big fan of clear spaces. I laugh at household hints that suggest spaces be utilized for only one purpose to reduce clutter; yet, the site of your dresser brings hope.

9/16/2008 8:14 AM  
Blogger ORKMommy said...

I get my books from the library. No cost, no clutter! I used to buy them and couldn't stand the clutter so I converted!

Good luck keeping it clean!

9/19/2008 2:11 PM  

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