15 Minute Friday: A tidier bookcase

So…this is the Saturday Edition of 15-minute Friday.

It’s just been that kind of week.

And while I pledged in my first 15-Minute Friday post that these posts would be created in 15 minutes, that was just flat-out stupid thinking. (It’s OK. I can call my own thinking stupid.) I’m now shooting for 30.  Here goes:

Given the week it was, I only got one 15-minute project done. It involved this bookcase:

This (sorta) Old Life: Messy bookcase before

This bookcase/shelf has long bugged me. It’s just a messy holding place for random stuff–library books, a few games, some decorative things we like.

I’ve got bigger things I’d like to do with this piece of furniture. Painting is high on the list. I think I’ve ignored it because I know I want to do more with it. It’s sort of like telling yourself you’re not going to buy a new pair of jeans because you know you’re going to be losing 5 pounds and it would just be a waste of time and money to do that right now.

Meanwhile, 6 months (or more!)  go by and you’re wearing old jeans that make you look and feel crappy. This shelf is the equivalent of those 5 pounds, and the previous “arrangement” was the old jeans. I’m not going to be painting it any time soon, and I don’t really know what I want to put on it, but that doesn’t mean I have to let it go on looking like this.

This (sorta) Old Life: Messy bookcase before

See that weird little thing sticking up above the bluish box on the lower shelf? It’s a hole in the back. Any arrangement has to hide that hole. Keeping things real…

So I took 15 minutes to clean it up, which meant:

  • Processing the books on it that I’m not going to read and that belong to other people.
  • Moving some poetry books over from a different, over-flowing bookcase to fill the space created when I got rid of the other books.
  • Putting downstairs the games we don’t play upstairs.
  • Tidying up the tchotchkes.

And now it looks like this:

This (sorta) Old Life: Messy bookcase before and after

Actually, it doesn’t look quite like this. I moved that lamp from the right side of the middle shelf and re-arranged a bit more–in a different 15-minute session. But this is what it looked like after the first one.

Is this the most awesome-looking bookcase ever? Nope.

But it does look better, and it makes me feel better when I’m hanging out in the living room. (Just like a nicer pair of jeans would make you feel better about those 5 pounds you really don’t need to lose anyway.)

This was a WAY more productive use of 15 minutes than, say, getting sucked into a stupid and pointless Facebook debate about the politics of abortion would be. (Yeah, I really did. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back around here.)

Last week I floated the idea of creating some kind of 15-minute Friday link event, and a few of you said you’d be game for that. Creating a link-up will take more than 15 minutes (because I haven’t done it before), but I’m putting that on my list of possible to-do’s for the coming week. In the meantime, I’d love to hear about what you did. If you’ve got a blog, please (pretty please) leave a comment with link.

Wishing you a great fall weekend!

This (sorta) Old Life: Fall leaves

(Oh, and in the interest of full disclosure, this post took longer than 30 minutes to create. More like 60. Progress, not perfection.)

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