One of my current goals (I have a lot of goals, okay?) is getting my office to look more like a “room” than “that space behind the room divider where they shove stuff they don’t know what to do with.” Especially as I try to blog more consistently (every day if I can) I have found myself spending more and more time in this cluttered area.
Last night was a big deal! I did some major rearrangement and reorganization. It’s your lucky day… I dug around on my memory card and came up with a “before” picture. It is actually from quite a while ago. I think I took it back in September when I was taking pictures for my room divider post, to show what was going on behind the room divider.
Not a ton has changed. The shelf I’m about to show you is over there on the left, covered in a blue piece of fabric because the “organization” on the shelf itself was, as they say, a hot mess.
I pretty much swapped the positions of the green chair and the shelf. This makes the office seem much more “roomlike.” Also, several rugs have been added which adds to the eclectic nature of the space. Once I do a little more in here I’ll share more pictures.
The blue tote now contains our power tools (2 cordless drills, a dremel, and attachments). The boxes below that contain an assortment of things–one contains cassette tapes and vhs tapes for example. Also featured are sewing patterns. The two boxes on the top (one black, one white) hold CDs. Doug and I each have one and we got our most-listened-to CDs from our collection and put them in an accessible place. The rest are in a cabinet elsewhere.
Speaking of tapes, I am currently listening to an Emmylou Harris tape (including a rendition of “Mr Sandman,” a song that reminds me of Back To The Future every time!) on that radio you see there. Very nice.
In high school, I would annually carry around my little orange box for Trick or Treat for UNICEF (at school mostly) and feel it slowly but surely fill up with spare change that would get donated to the organization. A few times, I actually went door-to-door as well.
UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) is a global organization that saves kids’ lives in over 150 countries by providing clean water, nutrition, medicines, education and aid in emergencies (taken word-for-word from the UNICEF website). I found out that in 2005 kids set a record by collecting $18.25 MILLION in order to help kids affected by Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami (stat from here). That’s a lot of donations!
Evidently, this year marks 60 years of the tradition. I found this out in my UNICEF e-mail newsletter today. This is remarkable! A small gesture that was started 60 years ago is continued even now by elementary, middle, and high schoolers, and of course adults.
I’ll be taking my 2 (very heavy) jars of change over to the Coin Star soon to donate them… Did you know that when you choose to donate it to charity Coin Star doesn’t take a percentage like they do when you just do it for yourself?
Especially after looking at those Apartment Therapy closets, its clear to me that I’m doubly blessed–I have a walk-in closet, and Doug has his own walk-in closet (sometimes I think if we had to share, my part would be neater).
Can you guess what I’ll be doing today instead of catching up on my Dawson’s Creek season 3 DVDs?