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Hoarding...not just on TV

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  • lostinrates
    lostinrates Posts: 55,283 Forumite
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    More advice please. Bookshelf number two has arrived. I have all the cookbooks from the floor up now. Do i get more cookbooks for number two, or just keep going with on the floor books? I like the idea of having all the books of a type together i have to admit. I could however start on gardening books and house renovation books from the floor....
  • GreyQueen
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    More advice please. Bookshelf number two has arrived. I have all the cookbooks from the floor up now. Do i get more cookbooks for number two, or just keep going with on the floor books? I like the idea of having all the books of a type together i have to admit. I could however start on gardening books and house renovation books from the floor....
    :) I'd want to get the books off the floor, if it were my home. I'd be concerned about them getting damaged or me tripping over them and damaging myself. I've also heard floor mess described as "psycologically-devasting" which I think is very true. It'a hard to do anything when you can't even walk around.

    Ahem (sideways glance from pooter desk, I must get my own floor in order):rotfl:
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  • Possession
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    More advice please. Bookshelf number two has arrived. I have all the cookbooks from the floor up now. Do i get more cookbooks for number two, or just keep going with on the floor books? I like the idea of having all the books of a type together i have to admit. I could however start on gardening books and house renovation books from the floor....

    Do you have enough other cookbooks to fill the bookcase? In which case I can see you'd want them all together. On the other hand it's tempting to get the books on the floor and re-sort later. Are they somewhere else so you'd still have the books on the floor? And do you have another bookcase coming soon?
  • Cheapskate
    Cheapskate Posts: 1,757 Forumite
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    edited 3 July 2012 at 1:06PM
    GreyQueen wrote: »
    :) I'd want to get the books off the floor, if it were my home. I'd be concerned about them getting damaged or me tripping over them and damaging myself. I've also heard floor mess described as "psycologically-devasting" which I think is very true. It'a hard to do anything when you can't even walk around.

    Ahem (sideways glance from pooter desk, I must get my own floor in order):rotfl:

    You never said a truer word, GHQ, and I know whereof I speak! :eek: When I have a good day/weekend, and clear the floor in one room, it's staggering how much better I feel. I've not done anything of note yet today, but DD and I are about to put clean sheets on her bed and her brother's, and we're taking a bin bag upstairs with us to fill for either CS or tip - we may be some time! :rotfl:

    lostinrates - I'd get them off the floor, too. When they're shelved the room and books will look much better. Work out how to organise them another day - getting them all off the floor is a major achievement in itself!

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  • blossomhill_2
    blossomhill_2 Posts: 1,923 Forumite
    LIR - well done on the bookshelves, will be a good job jobbed when it's done

    Personally I find book spines (and CD/DVD) are "visual noise" to me, as my brain won't let my eyes stop reading the title, and they end up circling in my head (especially if the title is a play on words), so I store mine on their sides or behind cupboard doors
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  • short_bird
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    I'd vote for "get the books off the floor". Sorting by topic can come later.
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  • Cheapskate
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    Well, I've filled 1 bin bag with stuff for CS and 1 for bin/tip, just from the littlies' room and in half an hour! I think that every time I wash/iron I'll sort things for the CS there and then, will probably save me loads of time! :D

    Hope to do some more after the school run! :j

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  • VJsmum
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    <<groan>> MIL has just given me some Danish china plates. They are only about 3" square but there are around 15 of them!!

    We were talking about them and i said they were nice but I wouldn't have anywhere to put them here and they don't suit this house. I come back from working abroad and find she has left them for me!

    I don't want to upset her by giving them back but don't want her to think I can be a repository for stuff she doens't want but can't bear to get rid of. I guess for now they can go in the roof. I was going to say to whoever was going to give something to their niece - please make sure she woud like it, first.

    OH said we can get rid of them when MIL is no longer with us, but i know him and it'll be "oh but they were mum's". We already have some LP records that were his dad's that he won't get rid of but doesn't play. She is after giving him some books too and I have to play the bad guy by saying no. She asked me if I wanted some christening robes - one set worn by OH to be christened in. She was a bit upset when I said no. I still think to bring and leave the plates when she knew I wasn't here is a bit sneaky.

    This thread is inspiring me - I am not a terrible hoarder but there are things I struggle to get rid of. I have old material, chipped mugs, tons of old make up, OH keeps magazines and tatty old clothes. I am going to surreptitiously get rid of stuff. 3 things a day
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  • mollythewestie
    mollythewestie Posts: 1,929 Forumite
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    Personally I find book spines (and CD/DVD) are "visual noise" to me, as my brain won't let my eyes stop reading the title, and they end up circling in my head (especially if the title is a play on words), so I store mine on their sides or behind cupboard doors

    I thought I was the only one who did this, :eek: I thought I was slightly insane for doing it too! Glad to know I'm not alone.

    I am a complete book lover, but since living in this house, my collection have been confined to a single book case in the hallway and in the study (And, I confess, 4 very large plastic crates in in-laws cellar at the mo :o) and I have found it a much more calm and relaxing environment. I never really thought about it as "visual noise" before, but that makes total sense to me now.
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