But in preparation for and during this Lenten season, I have been reading a book called The Little Oratory. The book is about creating sacred spaces in the home, in particular a prayer table, or oratory, to be a bridge between church and home. I loved this idea, and wanted it for my home. But where to put it? I considered each room of the house. The dining room is too crowded, as is the sitting room. The foyer is too busy of a space. But the parlor, which is also our music room, seemed perfect: quiet, peaceful, and we even have two small stained glass windows there! The recommendation is that, if possible, if one could be facing east when at the oratory that would be ideal. But we had our love seat in that space:
However, I thought that if I reversed the placement of everything in the room from east to west, I could have the harp by the window on the right, and the oratory on the left. This seemed ideal. But then there was that pesky little problem of disorganization of the music. I wanted the room to be worthy of a sacred space. But this is what I saw:
And this was just the tip of the iceberg. Besides this and the files already in boxes, I had another stack near the files in the basement, and another huge stack in a small cabinet in the dining room. The writing was on the wall - I had a big job to do, and do it I must.
It "helped" that right around the time I decided to do this, I had a small cut on my index finger: one of those tiny, but horridly painful cracked skin cuts from winter weather and handwashing as a nurse. Small as a paper cut, but infinitely more deadly in pain, rendering me unable to practice harp. So I gathered everything together: all of the music, the four file boxes, file folders, label maker (for the outside file box labels; the label tabs were done by hand or I would be working forever on this), a Sharpie marker, and a good movie to watch:
It is important to note that I did this gradually, over at least a week, because it is boring tedious work. Plus the fact that I tried to move everything out of the way once done for the day, do we could still live in the space. It was important to be by a TV while doing this to stave off boredom, but it was right plunk in our living space. During, before moving out of the way (I Spy - three cats!):
Stayed tuned for the next post: After!