Two weeks after our carpet was installed we still have not moved everything back into the family room. Our procrastination is partly due to the number of boxes to go through and reorganize. But for me, the main reason I am in no hurry to bring stuff back into the family room is that I have grown to like it in its uncluttered state. Reintroducing clutter is not something I necessarily want to do at this point. We can use this opportunity to perform another purge, but neither of us is feeling ambitious enough. So the boxes sit.
I had been hoping to at least reorganize the bookshelf that holds our stereo. The system is one that I’ve had for about 25 years– an all-in-one radio, dual cassette and turntable with an add-on cd player. I inherited my dad’s much smaller radio, cassette and cd system that was only a few years old, plus a three speed turntable frommy parent’s old 8-track component system from the 1970′s. Since I had also inherited my mother’s collection of 78′s, I really wanted the turntable. Unfortunately, when I hooked it up to my dad’s system, the sound quality left much to be desired. I’m not sure exactly where the fault lies but, long story short, my 25 year old system has been returned to its former home and my dad’s system will be going back to storage.
I think I will be shopping for a new stereo at some point in the future. I must have a three speed turntable. There are too many 78′s that need to be heard again.
Looking much further in the future, I am formulating plans for some sort of walk-in media storage closet when we rebuild the addition. The racks and cabinets and bookshelves that house our CDs, DVDs and videos take up too much floor space and just don’t look good. Besides, getting all of our media out of our living area and into a closet will allow us to keep them under lock and key.
Getting back to the present, there are boxes of stuff that need our attention. At the rate we’re going, it’s going to be a while before we’re finished.
Update on the Lowe’s saga
To date, we have received refunds that amount to what we believed was owed to us (and then some) for the excess carpet and pad. Kudos to Lowe’s for their exemplary customer service.