February 9, 2015 by Jean
In the past week, I’ve made serious progress on turning my old bedroom into my new study. A week ago today, I got three of the four bookcases to line one wall of the room assembled and set up. Before I went to bed that night, I wrestled my desk across the room and into place. And then I started moving some of my books from the bookcases in the old study into the new.
The first thing I did the next morning was to move my computer and printer into the new study. Then I brought up an area rug and my desk chair from the basement, where they have been stored since July. I spent the rest of the day putting office supplies and files away in the desk drawers and arranging the top of the desk. By the end of the day, my new study was in use. What a joy to be able to get organized and to have so much space to spread out after months of being cramped into an 8’ x 11’ room that was also doubling as a sitting room.
In the days since, it has been a delight to work at this desk while also enjoying the wintry, woodsy scene outside the window. I’ve spent time every day unpacking boxes of books and getting them organized on the shelves. (You can see from the photos that the shelving process still has a way to go.) Yesterday, I finally got the fourth bookcase in place, and today I brought the last of my packed books up from the basement.
There is still quite a bit left to do in this room. And I don’t just mean shelving books. I’ve carefully framed these photographs to leave out all the chaos along the other two walls of the room. Happily, when I work at my desk, that chaos is behind me; out of sight, out of mind. There are two closets in this room that need to be cleaned out; one of these will become storage space for various kinds of office supplies and files that are still in boxes. My friend Anne is going to come by tomorrow to help me move two old chests of drawers from this room down to the basement; we’ll also move up a cabinet that used to be in my living room and that is being repurposed for study storage. Once the closets are cleaned out and the furniture moved, I’ll be able to paint the remaining two walls of the room, put supplies away in the closet, and hang pictures on the walls. I will move a comfortable reading chair and ottoman into one corner of the room and a small file cabinet into another corner. When all that is completed, I will be able to look around in satisfaction and declare the study done!