“Never mind the quality; feel the width…” a catch phrase popularized on a “60s British comedy show about two Jewish tailors always trying to palm off cheap materials on their customers.
I was going to do a spreadsheet inventory of everything I own, marking a “K” by each thing I planned to Keep and an “X” by everything I wanted to get rid of. The reward would be in seeing progress as X’d things were deleted.
But after inventorying two minor rooms (entry hall and guest bath) I realized the process could go on till the Second Coming — and if everyone was raptured except unbeliever me , nobody would be left on earth to buy my stuff. Plus you’ve got to be pretty anal to list every book and piece of music.
So I decided that I’d start counting that sort of stuff in shelf inches instead. Feel the width!
Here’s how I measured up this week:
- Sold 24″ of books to Powells for $74
- Gave a 20″ selection of political and gardening books to our Democratic Party for the annual auction.
- Bringing 42″ of books to the Friends of the Library sale
- Gave 6″ of sheet music to the local arts magnet school
- Bringing 3″ of choral music to our church choir director
- Tossed 4″ of ancient violin music in the recycle bin
That’s 99″ (8’3″). Seems like a lot, but almost every room in my house has bookshelves, so there’s much much more where that came from. I’ll measure and report back…