As predicted, the clearing out of the study/office has spread chaos and mayhem through the entire ground floor like a creeping miasma.
PP is now temporarily relocated to a desk in the sitting room, with a panoramic view through the patio doors out into the garden. Aside for a panicky hour or so when her life support system (t'internet) was disconnected while we moved all the computer gubbins from one room to the other, she is now happily ensconced in a spacious new (albeit temporary) workspace.
I, on the other hand, have now downgraded from a rickety folding table to a tray on my lap on the sofa, with even less workspace than I had before, so I am not a happy bunny.
Small Dog is completely traumatised, and seemed to be convinced that we were aiming to move house. She watched the activity from a vantage point at the top of the stairs, poking her head right through the banisters to keep an eye on things.
So the sitting room looks like a disaster area, as does the dining room, into which we piled all the books, business paraphernalia etc from the office.
The office, although emptier, is also a guddle, as I am working my way through the filing cabinets to get rid of all the paperwork we no longer need.
Which is a lot.
However, I think that tomorrow we should be able to relocate the small desk to an upstairs bedroom, and the filing cabinets temporarily into the dining room, which will leave the office completely empty.
I can't begin to describe the horrors we've uncovered behind the desk and filing cabinets, which we haven't been able to get to since we moved 6 years ago. Imagine 6 years worth of dust and debris, pens, paper clips etc bound together with structurally engineered spider webs and you will have some idea.
When the room is completely empty, and the old carpet has been lifted, it will take several hours with gallons of sugar soap and very hot water to clean the paintwork and get the room ready to repaint.
The workroom, despite its customary untidiness, is a positive haven of peace and calm compared to everywhere else, which is just as well as I will have to put in a reasonable day's work tomorrow to catch up with things.
However, I'm tentatively hopeful that by this time next week we will have a freshly painted, newly re-floored, de-cluttered office in which to work. Just what state the rest of the house will be in by that time is another matter.