So here's what I want to do: Solve the problem of book storage by buying bookcases for the spare room (which right now contains a desk and a bunch of boxes full of parts and cables), and then just get rid of all of my living-room furniture. That reduces the problem to one of furnishing an apartment from scratch, and since I don't have anything I particularly want to keep, I can do it right by finding a piece or two I like and decorating around that.
I'm not going to be buying anything expensive -- in fact, it'll probably be mostly Ikea that I end up with -- and I've got an investment account that was intended for university and forgotten about to play with, so there isn't too much of a cost burden in buying everything at once.
I'm not sure how to do it piece by piece, because I can't buy stuff to work with what I have, and if I'm going to ignore what I have, then keeping it around is just going to complicate things.
So my question for you: Am I on crack?