Thursday, Already!



My little thumbnail sketches keep getting smaller and smaller!

This week, with a rare three days – sort of – away from my main jobs and in anticipation of two sisters coming to visit next week, I decided to do some cleaning and rearranging.

I emptied and moved two large (32″ wide x 62″ high x 12″ deep) bookcases that had stood on either side of the window on the west wall in the living room. I replaced them with deeper shelves on the north wall, that hold the small TV and the stereo as well as books.

The stereo – along with the record albums, cassette tapes, compact discs and speakers – had been housed in my bedroom, which is much too small for all of that excess.  I may read a bit before going to sleep, but that’s about it. I don’t spend enough awake time in the bedroom to listen to music, so the equipment was never used there.

Moving the stereo allowed me to move the two deep bookcases out of my bedroom and into the studio. One bookcase under each window there, with art books categorized and alphabetized on the shelves.

Having a new home for the art books allowed me to dismantle the shelf unit that took up the entire stairway wall in the studio…and freed up the shelf standards that I needed to support the new living room shelves. They needed to be spruced up first with a fresh coat of paint, of course.

As for the bookcases I took out of the living room: one went to the landing at the top of the stairs, the other to the kitchen, to replace a ratty looking set of shelves that had been holding my cookbooks and gardening books.

The kitchen shelves got stored in the shed; the standards got painted for use in the living room with the others.

To free the landing for the bookcase, I had to move a cabinet that held bed linens. That is right now taking up space in my bedroom, but I think it will fit in the closet space under the eaves.

When I finish, everything will be much more organized and more suited to my lifestyle.

In the meantime, I’ve created a big mess.

In three days, I have moved four bookcases and two dozen shelves, a linen cabinet, stereo system and about four hundred books. I painted and hung five shelf standards – twice – and patched twenty four holes (from my misguided first attempt at finding the studs without a stud-finder). I also taught my after school art class, made up the guest rooms at Aunt Katie’s house and drew the sketches you see here.

The living room is looking cute and cozy as can be…but I still need to find a place for the rocking chair, the trunk, and the low table.

My bedroom will be much more open and inviting, with the dresser, hope chest, nightstand and bed as the only furniture. I’m banking on being able to fit that linen cabinet (as well as the trunk, the second dresser and possibly the rocking chair) into the closet.

The kitchen shelves look great.

The studio is not quite there yet. I lost a great deal of storage when I took down that wall of shelves. All of the excess is temporarily piled on my drafting table.

Granted, it would have been better to plan a major overhaul for a better time…maybe for a time when company isn’t coming in just a few days.  I may be frustrated and angry with myself by the weekend, but I’m not there yet.

I’m pretty proud of all that I’ve accomplished. In fact, I’d have been blasting Helen Reddy’s “I am woman, hear me roar”…if I hadn’t accidentally snapped the speaker wire while moving the stereo.


About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

10 responses »

  1. I’m proud of you, too, Cindy! How lovely to have everything so organized. And all that hard work — what an accomplishment! I’m also jealous of what’s sure to be some Wonderful Sister Time. Please enjoy every minute of it!

    • Oh, I’m so looking forward to seeing Brenda and Cheryl! We’ll be celebrating birthdays…Cheryl’s and Aunt Katie’s both fall in the next week. The colors are really popping, and the weather is still mild, so a nice time to have them here.
      Thank you for being proud of my accomplishments! If you could only see the mess I’ve created, I’m sure you’d take that back in a hurry! I think I may be able to pull it all together, though.
      Thank you for reading, Kate, and for your comments.

  2. Nice drawings! I’m in a similar state of change and overhaul. Now that the weather’s getting cooler and dark early, I’m somewhat looking forward to winter studio time. Hope to settle the mess into something more functional for me. Enjoy your time with sisters.

    • Oh, I appreciate the compliment on my – tiny – drawings, and for the good wishes for sister-time. Any rearranging process seems to – at least temporarily – create more mess than was there to begin with, doesn’t it? I only hope to get it all pulled together in time for company and for studio time now that the weather is cooling. Thanks for reading, Gretchen, and for your comments!

  3. I hear you roaring, Woman, all the way in the U.P.! Great job. You had me nervous for a while, thinking that you wouldn’t get done in time for your company. I always smile fondly at folks like you who are artists and have so many creations to move around your house. You would find our house much more bare.

    • Well, I have a LOT of books…otherwise, no, just a bunch of inherited or hand-me-down or traded for things that I couldn’t pass up but are really too much for the tiny house I have. I’m aiming for a less cluttered look (which is my reasoning behind trying to store so many items in the closet under the eaves!). I spent a little time last night hanging three little pieces of art in the living room; it has been ten years, I think, since I’ve had anything on the walls! Thanks for reading, Kathy, and for your comments!

  4. How productive of you! Your upper arm strength must be phenominal to accomplish all of that heavy moving. It sounds like your living spaces are much more practical now. Yay!

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