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I think model railroading is best enjoyed in a clean, organized space, and I decided to do some spring cleaning in my hobby room, on my work bench, and in my collection in general to better align with that belief.
Here's how the room looks now:
I went through my HO scale collection, which had filled the closet completely, and did some thinning out.
Some locomotives didn't fit with my current goals and aims, and are being sold or given to friends. Some Blue Box kits that I used as weathering experiments are being thrown away. Some other rolling stock will be offered to a local club. Getting rid of stuff can be hard sometimes, but I think its important to have focus in a collection. I had a bad habit of buying older Atlas Classic locomotives for "someday" projects, but I barely have time to enjoy my current slice of the hobby as it is, these locomotives have now sat for a year or two waiting on decoders, etc.
I also decided against expanding the layout this year. As much as I wanted to, we are thinking about moving in less than a year. So, I decided to direct my hobby funds towards an airbrush, compressor, paint booth, and expanding my workbench and supplies. Next, I'll focus my funds on upgrading more locomotives in my collection with sound decoders, and having some of my more pricy stuff custom weathered. Not as "exciting" as expanding the layout, but I think it will pay off in the end.
Here's the layout as it sits in the space, with newly purchased crates for organizing parts of my collection and supplies. Other parts of the collection now reside in a much more organized closet:
Now, here's an idea I took from a blog post by the great Lance Mindheim on his website a while back. A "bullpen" for cars not currently on the layout; I went with a rolling cart from The Container Store. It sits nicely under the staging cassette.
Minimalism can be tough to practice sometimes, but I think if you're willing to practice discipline and make some difficult choices, it makes the hobby so much more enjoyable. Now I can crack a cold one and get back to weathering rolling stock and butchering Pikestuff kitbashes and running trains in a very nice, clean, and organized space.
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