But even ten second tidies only go so far. It was time to call in the cavalry. In the early years of wedded bliss, my wife and I used New Year's day to re-organize and re-energize our first home. It was a tradition that Gina deemed, "pillage the village." Closets, cabinets, drawers and shelves were scrutinized. Not all items escaped the fate of our local environmental engineer's pre-dawn visit.
It was time for the railroad room and surrounding areas to experience such scrutiny. I was guilty of storage build-up. A lot of extra stuff that had been saved, "in case I ever need it," had to go. Other items were more sensibly stored and/or consolidated. It may not have been a cleansing of the heart, mind or soul, but it was of the basement, and that's all that mattered.
Empty boot boxes, scrap Gator Board and bagged weeds were combined for better storage through a quick fabrication of dividers that will better protect these crafted trees as I experiment with several harvested varieties. Win, win, win.
Ultimately, I concluded that for me it's psychologically more costly to continue storing items that pretty clearly will never be used. They unnecessarily take up space, create visual noise and are just too much of an inconvenience. And yes, I know that next week there might be something that I could use that I just tossed. But I'm willing to take my chances. All things considered, it's just cheaper.
I also realize the time may come where I need to use under-the-layout as storage space, but until all electrical is done, and skirting completed, I will make every effort to keep that area uncluttered so as not to distract from the layout above. Of course, we still have quite a way to go on that front.
More on that, and a rather major development, in a few days.
BONUS: RHETORICAL QUESTION OF THE DAY...
What development over the Labor Day holiday facilitated such a cleaning/organizing effort?
A) The layout has been expanded.
B) The layout has been contracted.
C) The layout has been modified.
D) The layout has been dismantled.