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Sunday, January 5, 2014


"A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff."
- George Carlin

I finally now see the true wisdom in the late, great George Carlin's classic bit about "stuff".  Here's more, for those interested.

Now for the record I am not moving just to get a bigger place for my stuff.  Yes, while in moving I actually have more room, the reality is that I am shortly going to be sharing the space with Ms Rivers, who will be moving here at the end of January.  She has some stuff too, so my task between now and when she moves in is to better manage my stuff.

In my old place I did't really have a ton of storage, so I had a ton of stuff around my work area.  In fact, when I look back, I previously only really had two rooms I used with any regularity:

1) My office area, where I spent most of my waking (at home) hours.
2) My bedroom, where I spent most of my non-waking hours.

I do have an office in the new house, but it is actually smaller than the space I had at the old place.   Smaller yes, but nicer, complete with it's own covered porch.  That's a nice addition, but pretty useless when it's about 10 degrees outside.  But so I digress.

Luckily for me, I suffer from whatever is the opposite of claustrophobia, meaning that I am actually more content in close quarters where I can reach things.  That's my new office.  Everything is within reach, mostly, and I am kind of tucked into a corner.  I'd post a picture, but it's mostly still a disaster area, as I manage the following piles of stuff:

  • Work files that I reference at home.
  • Good stuff that I no longer want to keep (hoping to get brothers to take).
  • Wall hangings that I don't want to put up until the rest of the stuff has been organized.
  • Stuff to be thrown out.  
The last category is the smallest, thankfully, as I tried to do my best to purge things before moving.  Nothing makes less sense than moving something that you will end up throwing out anyway.  I need to get through all the office stuff soon, as I have a closet in one of the bedrooms that is massively in need of a rehab before Ms Rivers moves in with her stuff.

The last frustrating thing about my current stuff situation?  I don't have any dressers.  Well that will change, as Ms Rivers and I bought a very nice bedroom set manufactured by Vaughan-Bassett (real wood...not some pasted together beaver-board stuff...manufactured in the United States), but it's going to be a few weeks before it gets here.  That's the price I am paying for getting something decent, but until then I'm making due with some hanging stuff and other stuff (mainly just long-sleeve casual shirts) sitting in tubs.  Tubs are great vehicles for holding stuff, by the way.

Well I have to get back to organizing and putting away stuff.  Before more stuff arrives.

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