I am having big, big plans for this next (long MLK’s) weekend. I want to transform our apartment, once again, in some sort of spring cleaning frenzy. I mentioned numerous times that it is tiny and that I feel like there is NO space for anything… but I need to make space. For my own sake. After reading Mom Grind‘s article about a clutter-free home, I again realized how much more important decluttering is if you don’t have much space to begin with.
I don’t necessarily consider myself a person that holds on to a lot of unnecessary stuff (ok, some! But I am nothing close to a hoarder. Have you seen the show ‘Hoarders’? Dear God.), but my problem is that most things just don’t have a designated place (for lack of space and better organization) and therefore frequently end up on the computer desk, the dining/living room table, the coffee table or any other free counter-space. It’s pretty much inevitable. I try to keep up by filing my papers weekly and throwing stuff out as soon as it renders itself dispensable, but I still end up with quite a messy place over and over again.
Not to mention the fact that my so far non-existing (but tentatively planned) crafting nook in the bedroom corner would take care of the stuff that is strewn around on the floor and on the coffee table in our living room right now; which, frankly, is driving J up the wall. (So sorry, hun!).
I am planning to take pictures of the before and the after. I know it’s always nice to have a comparison and actually see the extend of the improvement. I bought a new drop-leaf dining table at IKEA the other week (when it was on sale for 60% off the original price), which is basically perfect for our small living room. However, I have been driving it around in my car since then, because I hadn’t made the space to actually assemble it and replace the old dining table with it. But this weekend, it’s on!
I am determined.
While I am at it, I am planning to rearrange the bedroom to fit the old dining table in one corner as my crafting table. I wish I had a separate room for such things, but unfortunately our rooms have to do double-duty, I am afraid.
I also, finally, have to hang up some things on our walls. I’ve put this off way too long, but you see; the walls in our apartment are ridiculously… ahm, let’s say… crumbly. Every time I hit a nail in the wall, it will either make a REALLY big hole (so big that the nail falls out) or it will go right through it. I think the walls are hollow. (Don’t even make me think about what we’re going to do about this when we move out of this place!)
What’s up with the building regulations in California? Is this considered normal? Ah, I know what it is; it’s this – excuse me – stupid chipboard construction.
I don’t even dare to put up a shelf, fearing that it’ll tear a big whole in the wall. Definitely a minus in our apartment.
But just watch how I’ll turn this place around. You just watch!