I hate moving.
Since the beginning of college, I’ve moved probably a dozen times between house moves with my family or moving back and forth from dormitories. This includes the process of deciding what crap to pack, throwing out crap I don’t need or don’t want anymore, the actual process of packing my crap, the physical moving of crap from one place to another, and then unpacking that crap, and figuring out where that piece of crap’s new home with be in the new location.
I DESPISE moving!
I’ve been in my current apartment for two years now and that’s by far the longest I’ve stayed in any one place for a very long time. That being said, I’m very eager to finally leave this place. My commute is a bit too long and being under the rule of a landlord isn’t exactly what I’d call ideal. It would also be a huge improvement to move to a place that gets an equal distribution of heat in all the rooms!
In preparation of the impending move, I’m beginning to mentally go over all of the items I’ve procured over the last few years. I could stand to do without some things; especially since Adam and I will be coming into the marriage with duplicate items like dressers and desks! I’m a little disheartened to part with my old wooden desk that matches my bedroom furniture, but I can’t see us having space in the new apartment for a desk that is mainly used for its drawer space.
In my lifelong quest to improve myself, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m an avid reader of blogs like LifeHacker. Today they posted a link to another blog outlining “Nine Quick Tips to Identify Clutter.” It’s good every once and a while (especially when moving!) to assess our material possessions and ask ourselves why we keep these things around?
I’m slightly envious of the minimalist home owners out there that are able to run their entire household on the very bare essentials. I’m a sentimental person and enjoy doing things like creating scrapbooks and am susceptible to holding on to mementos which in turn take up space. I also anthropomorphize objects easily which makes it hard to part with things, but that’s a problem unto itself.
I’m an organization addict. I used to be worse and I had to check certain things were in their place before I left my house/dorm room/apartment. (Probably borderline OCD issues.) I’m “better” now, insomuch as now I make piles of stuff to organize but then fret over where to PUT stuff because now all my worldly possessions are in a small apartment out in the boonies of New York and I just don’t have enough space to do what I want to do!
I lovingly refer to my “office” as “the place where things and projects go to die.” It seems as soon as something enters the frame of the doorway, I stop working on them and get tied up with other things. Most likely because I just don’t spend a lot of time in that room because I have a crappy desk made before any parent could foresee their child owning their own computer so it is a pretty pathetic and horrible work surface. My closet in my “office” if full of book boxes from when I moved in almost a year ago. I can’t actually put anything useful in there because there is no where to stuff things between the boxes and the at ready crutches I keep in case I have another fall down the stairs (I’ll save that story for another time!)
During a pause at work last week I happened upon Lifehacker’s Featured Workspace of Before and After: The Inherited Office and became inspired. The woman who posted in the Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool described how her new office had been passed down by many people over the years and had grown like a monster. Papers were everywhere and things were shuffled around each time someone new took over the office. She did some research on Feng Shui and cleaned up the office to be a nice airy workspace for her and for those visiting her in her office.
When I work from home or want to work on a project while at home, I usually camp out in my family room on the couch pointed at the TV with my laptop on my thighs (feet usually propped up on the coffee table.) My back aches, my ankles ache from being balanced on wood and I get distracted my the TV and from Isabella nuzzling me every five minutes for “petting” time – NOT a good work environment. Not surprisingly, I haven’t accomplished many personal projects since moving to my new apartment.
What I would like to accomplish in my office is to get rid of my old bookshelf that is worn from use and water damage and buy new bookshelves to house the multitude of books and supplies I have accumulated over the years, buy a new, large desk from Ikea capable for inspirational computer work, and keep my old writing desk for well, writing. I want to have separate areas for each creative thing I do. The writing desk will house my art supplies such as little do-dads I create, my colored pencils and paints and other things of that nature. My computer desk will be mostly clean except for references books I may pull from time to time and a single bluetooth keyboard and mouse (apart from the actual computer that will reside on it of course.)
I am going to try and detail this grand reworking and take some pictures and if all goes well this will be a great success. I might even be able to post it to the Lifehacker stream as well and inspire other people – who knows.