New Years Cleaning – Purging Books

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I had a wonderful week off work between Christmas and New Years. And, in that time, I did a lot of new years cleaning. Instead of starting with my closet (which probably does need a cull) like I usually do, I decided to start in my office.

My office had degraded to the point that books were piling on all table surfaces, all chairs, and even in boxes on the floor. I am a book hoarder, plain and simple. And this had to be addressed.

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So, winter cleaning commenced and, after 140 books were purged, a few garbage bags of things no longer needed, and a thorough dusting session of my two desks (yup, two), and one major software update on my desktop that I rarely use, I finally had my office back.

I had hoped to change my desktop into an extended display for my laptop, but my desktop is 6 months too old to have the capability to do so (many curse words ensued this realization but I am now resigned to this fact).

Having a dedicated space to work is really beneficial to my concentration. I had made my place at the dining room table which was nice, but I was constantly distracted and the wife was not pleased that I was taking up real estate there with multiple devices. Now, back in my office, I am working on having the discipline when I am there to not goof off and watch anime, take a nap in front of the fireplace, or just hibernate in a daze.

I am also working on not bringing home so many damned books. As a book buyer, I get a lot of advance reading copies (ARCs) and while I do bring home only a couple from each batch, I was still bringing home too many.

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