Back for a new round of Weekly Wishes – boy, I missed this link-up. It’s become the easiest blog post I write all week and one of the most satisfying, too. The Weekly Wishes community is such a great, encouraging one! I usually pick a prettier type picture for the post graphic, but I thought my cat sitting in the middle of my desk was appropriate for this week’s goal and hey, Oxford is in it. That’s plenty of pretty. If the picture were also good, y’all’s eyeballs might explode.
As I mentioned in my previous post, you’re going to be getting a proper yearly resolutions/goals post soon — or possibly several — but for the purposes of Weekly Wishes, I am going to stick to one thing that I want to accomplish the bulk of this week:
I want to revamp my workspace.
My workspace that doubles as my bedroom — which I finally have all to myself again now that my grandma’s gone and my sister’s back in her own room — and which I basically spend 90% of my time in. Possibly more. I’m a major introvert and homebody and my parents smoke around the house, which makes me feel literally sick, so I really do spend a lot of time holed up in here, and that’s just how I like it. The other 10% of my time is divided in trips to the kitchen, trips to the bathroom, shopping for supplies, and shooting stuff in my patio. Boring yet necessary stuff. Except the shooting, that’s really quite fun. Cold, but fun.
For the past couple of years — okay, for the years between 2008 and 2012 I was too depressed to give a fuck about how my room looked, and then in 2012 I made a goal — a new year’s resolution, actually, almost a word of the year if it weren’t two: get out. At that time, “get out” meant move out with my mom and sister and away from my father. I still want that, but that goal shifted to moving to the UK on my own (though preferably with my friend Annemari) over the course of 2013, and it’s currently moving to London, same parenthetical. The point is that my room felt — is — temporary and even now it makes little sense to buy heavy things, even if they’re business investments, because I’m not hauling a printer or a sewing machine across the continent, that would be ridiculous.
The line that runs through my head a lot lately is “let’s pack up and move this year,” which I got from the title of a fanfic a friend wrote, which she got from Matt Nathanson, which I suspected before I actually googled it, by the way, Jess, you’re really predictable and I love it. What I want to emphasize in that line is the ‘this year.’ I want to move this year, and I’d like to move before or in September. The nice thought behind it is being settled there by the time Annemari’s birthday rolls around.
Either way, that’s a whole lot of months, and if I’m going to be pushing my business hard enough to save up enough money to make that move, that is also a whole lot of work. That I will be doing in this room. So I think it makes sense to spruce it up a little into something mildly photographable. I don’t want this project to drag me back or to drag, period, so I’m focusing on it this week and this week only, at least for now.
The first thing I did this morning, after showering but — perhaps ill-advisedly — before breakfast, was move a corner shelf to the corner where it was last year, between my bed and the wall. I like it there because it does the job of a nightstand and clears a nice pathway to the right of my bed that I can walk through. There’s a waist-level shelf affixed to the wall there, and placing my bed like that makes it usable as opposed to a dumping ground for stuff that my cat will doubtlessly kick off once a day and twice on Sundays.
I don’t want to do a lot more furniture moving. My lower back keeps glaring at me in the form of intermittent sharp pain. Besides, I already did a bit of rearranging when my sister first claimed the other bedroom as her own and made it inhabitable by human beings with eyes (RIP the Panic Room™). I’m going off on a lot of tangents here. Let’s skip to the part where I list all the things I want to keep in mind/change/replace.
- Get a new damn chair. I’ve been waffling over this because I thought it would be upwards of 60€ and ha, ha, what money, but I think I may be able to catch a sale on an office chair for 30€ and it would be invaluable to have a chair that doesn’t creak every time I move. Also, one that has wheels in the event that I also
- Get a small desk for my sewing machine and/or my laptop. It’s exhausting hauling it up and down and it hurts my motivation. It just does. It needs to fit into the space between my bed and my desk OR the space where the corner bookshelf used to be, which means it can be 60 cm wide at most, which is just fine with me and will probably be cheaper than a proper desk. It also needs to have plenty of space for my legs, and if it has a footer for the sewing machine pedal, that would be swell, but not necessary.
- Find someone on Etsy to trade me a coaster. I’m tired of cleaning coffee rims off my desk. I realize that this is my fault but hey, that’s why I’m the one fixing it.
- Hang something up. This is more of a long-term thing because I’m hoping I can collaborate with a company and get one of my images printed as a relatively visible canvas. It may not be an awful idea to find some hangers to hang like… scarves and shit off of. Don’t actually make that many scarves, though, so maybe shelving. Need to keep that in mind when looking at desks/sewing machine tables/drafting tables.
- Storage is definitely a big important thing, though; now that I have more space, maybe I can finally organize everything in a way I can see it. I have a couple of nice sturdy boxes from perfume my grandma bought, which I’m definitely going to use, though I’m not sure what I’ll put in them yet. I really want to keep some stuff permanently on my desk. I won a $25 gift card to Etsy from The Dahlia Scene and this may be what I spend that on — that is, if I don’t spend it on sewing supplies instead. We shall see.
Budget-wise, if I don’t have to touch the money in my Paypal account, that would be excellent. That would mean I worked all my semi-superfluous expenses (including my shopping “spree” last week) into my Christmas money from relatives + the money leftover from the last two phone bills I transferred money to my mom’s account to cover, and I won’t feel as bad about investing in my living space.
That said, if anyone has tips, DIY tutorials, words of warning or anything else they’d like to share with me on the subject of redecorating a room (even stories about how you’ve done it yourself, or product recommendations!), I am all ears!