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And to think how excited we were about that tiny apartment we had found in Chicago and the fact it had an extra “.5” bedroom. It really was a modern-sized closet. I don’t know now how we would have been able to do it. Well, actually I do. We would have simplified. A LOT. And we started to back when we tried to figure out what to do with our biggest stash of stuff: our books. We ended up storing about one third of them which left us with 3 bookcases plus one small bookshelf instead of 5 (the other two were quite small). It’s funny because we’ve made one trip back since the move and did go looking for some books to bring back. I have a feeling that they will all find their way back…

Post-move week four “progress” (if you want to call it that)

I think William Phelps would be proud of our failure to totally detach. He said it best:

Everyone should begin collecting a private library in youth; the instinct of private property, which is fundamental in human beings, can here be cultivated with every advantage and no evils. One should have one’s own bookshelves, which should not have doors, glass windows, or keys; they should be free and accessible to the hand as well as to the eye. The best of mural decorations is books; they are more varied in color and appearance than any wallpaper, they are more attractive in design, and they have the prime advantage of being separate personalities, so that if you sit alone in the room in the firelight, you are surrounded with intimate friends.

 

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