‘Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic’ is a phrase which is often used to describe a futile action in the face of impending catastrophe.
Far from being a futile exercise, I have been rearranging furniture recently. As we continue to gradually reduce our possessions we have less need for storage. Bookshelves/display units are a perfect example.
A few years ago we had 2 of these shelves filled with books. One was sold a couple of years ago and the other is going to a new home today.
When we seriously downsized the number of books we had a couple of years ago, this shelving unit became useful storage for sewing fabrics and projects.
The sewing is now housed in this large IKEA cube unit which was previously a display unit/bookshelf in the lounge room.
Here is a closer look at the sewing table which is ‘new’ to me.
This white laminate desk came from my daughter as it does not fit in her new accommodation. I was very happy to have it to replace the folding trestle table which I have used as a sewing table for many years. This one is more compact and suits the decor of the room but, most importantly, it is solid and does not shudder when I am using the sewing machine at fast speeds.
Additionally, there were 2 smaller IKEA cube units in the lounge room originally which have since been moved around. One of them spent some time in the sewing room and the other as a stand for the television before we gave one to our daughter and the other became the bookshelf in the library.
The other smaller cube unit has recently come back from our daughter as she no longer needs it. So, back to the lounge room it went.
The other significant piece of furniture in the lounge room is the television stand. This was made by my father about 60 years ago from then-salvaged silky oak. I had it restored and modified slightly a couple of years ago and it now has pride in the lounge room.
I am pleased that nothing has been wasted and many pieces have been able to be repurposed by thinking laterally whilst reducing our overall possessions.