Happily, the shelf support plug thingys finally arrived, so I was able to re-install all the shelves after working out the exact configuration for maximising space for all the storage boxes, which flank the bureau on both sides.
If I take all the boxes out of the bureau drawers, and put them into the bookshelves, where they fit absolutely perfectly and are immediately accessible, that will help clear a lot of the stuff which came out of the wall and base cabinets, which were sold last week.
However, the resultant mess was a sight to behold.....
Having reached peak chaos, there was nothing else to do except work through it all and do the 'keep, recycle, sell' thing with each item. This starts off being difficult, and as the hours tick by, and decision fatigue sets in, it becomes much, much easier. Lots of stuff in that pile is now in the dining room, awaiting collection by buyers and/or freecyclers.
With the space cleared, I was able to set about restoring the room to a workable state.
First we moved my cabinet bureau to the wall by the window, between the freshly painted bookshelves...
I've moved stuff into these boxes from the drawers in the base of the bureau, which are relatively inaccessible when the desk is open.
I have installed a strip of LED lights inside the desk unit, which are powered by a USB plug and throw a lovely, bright, white light all over my working area
I treated myself to a new magnetic cutting mat, specially for the bureau desk. It will hopefully make it quicker and easier to clear off the drop-down desk by doubling as a tray!
Elsewhere in the room, I've moved the shelves which were on the worktops into the space vacated by the cabinet, and relocated the chair.
My day nursery room box now resides on the worktop and is much easier to get to.I've moved my table centrally between the south-facing windows, where I will get good light but not full, blinding, direct sunlight.
There are still things to sort though, and a few areas to tidy, but overall, considering how it looked a few days ago, the transformation is almost complete and I can now get back to work.