speaking of whom, I found another hoard in the corner of the living room, when I moved things so I could vaccuum the carpet that was looking more like Circe fur than carpet. And the uncarpeted areas and hall were full of fluffy dust-Circes. Sigh, what I get for having a long-haired Siamese. (Hairball season is going to be a joy...)
I also got rid of a lot of the Amazing Box Collection, those cardboard containers that seem to multiply until broken down and sent to recycling. What scares me is how small a part of the accumulation it was, but the sheer volume of cardboard (and styrofoam). Between junk mail and collapsed boxes, I filled a recycling bin, and have some items waiting in the wings for next week. (I could fill the container half again.) Scary.
I was thinking of ways to reorganize the living room, and realized there is too much furniture in there. And why is there all that furniture, which I would rather do without? Media storage. Tapes (VCR and cassette), CDs, old LP records... Some in racks, some stowed out of sight in cabinets, but 6 (!) pieces of furniture are exclusively media storage. Not books/bookcases but media storage. I think it's going to be time to ask some hard questions about the video part of it. I hardly have time to watch anything as it is (another goal accomplished--watch the 2nd Hornblower episode on the tape Rosemary loaned me, which I did during breaks from housecleaning, in 3 sittings). Music I listen to, and doesn't take up as much space. But am I ever going to watch thousands of hours worth of movies/anime/B5, Farscape etc? I suspect not. There are more important things in life. Sooner or later, it will be triage time...
Soon, the next batch of new curtains will be here, and refresh the living room. I'm wondering if there is a laundromat with one of those old dry-cleaning machines, since I am reluctant to spend a huge lot on the dirty old apartment-style curtains. At least all the curtains I got this time can be washed!