I’ve set myself a little challenge today. Actually I set myself this challenge back in January, but as you might know, life got in the way. Now it’s March 1st, I’m no longer on my “death bed”, so I’m rarin’ to go. Here’s the plan…
I’m going to take one room in my house, and spend one whole month focusing only on it, each and every month this year. Well, okay, I’ll be taking care of some dustbunnies in other rooms occasionally, but I’m really going to give one specific room the “designer treatment”. To make it more of a challenge, and keep the focus on sustainability too, I am setting myself a spending limit of $100. That way, I can’t run out and buy a bunch of new staff just to fill space. That budget is going to force me to focus on things like painting, making things by hand, searching for fleamarket finds, and using things I already own. Like I said, it’s going to be a challenge!
Last week, full of excitement for all my ideas, I diplomatically asked my husband which room HE thought I should start with. Embarrassingly enough, he immediately suggested my office. I had to give it to him, it IS a disaster.
See what I mean?
In my defense, during the holidays and my subsequent illness, my office became the convenient dumping ground for everything that didn’t have a home. It has become so bad, that I find myself doing most of my computer work at our dining room table, or on the sofa, because there’s so little room to maneuver in the office. My poor intern couldn’t even use my desk to do research at the other day, and had to crouch over her laptop sitting in an armchair in the other room. Embarrassing!
So, here’s the goal for week #1 -
Purge! Before I can do anything else, I need to get rid of what’s already there. In the case of my office, that’s a lot of stuff. Especially because I’m going to use this as an opportunity to get rid of the furniture I had at my other office, and bring in some antique and vintage pieces I already own. More on that part when I get to the design stage (week #3).
So I have until next Wednesday to figure out what I’m going to do with all this stuff. Some will go to Goodwill, some may get sold on Craigslist, and some will go to friends and family if they want it (hey, just because I don’t want the extra clutter doesn’t mean someone else might not – right?).
I am electing you, my dear readers, as my accountability partners in this. If I don’t get all this junk cleared out by next Wednesday, I expect you to give me plenty of grief. Got that?
Now – wish me luck!