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Store Room Shuffle, Part 2

October 17, 2013

The real problem with swapping store rooms around is that we are incredibly short of space, it’s just not possible to totally empty one room and then fill it with the contents of the other.

For the last 10 days we’ve (‘we’ being me and Philip, who I’ve roped in) been playing a living game of Tetris, trying to fit as much of the contents of the less full room into a corridor shelving system, so that we could move enough pictures to be able to take out the room dividers from the old picture store.

I smiled sweetly at Dick and Phil, the regional building team to remove the dividers for me, which they did super quickly and without complaint, even though it turned out to be a bigger pain than it originally looked to be. That left us with a bit more room for manoeuvre in there, we got a set of storage shelving put up and managed to move a few crates in. It’s a start.

New shelving in the old picture store

New shelving in the old picture store

The new Picture Store is looking much more promising; we’ve adjusted the shelving that was already in the room to accommodate crates of smaller pictures. In the old Picture store there was no room for shelving as well as the dividers, so crates were all over the floor making access to the larger pieces difficult.

Philip moving crates of smaller frames

Philip moving crates of smaller frames

Now I need to fashion some black-out blinds so that I can hang some light-sensitive watercolours on the newly placed dividers, and then it’s just leg work to bring each large frame up to its new home.

Dividers in their new home

Dividers in their new home

I do keep having small crises of confidence, suddenly worrying the new room is in fact no bigger than the old one and it is all a waste of energy. I’m sure it will be worth all the hassle when it is finished.

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