I’m often complaining that my apartment is too cluttered and there are too many things that are out of place or have never had one to begin with. Over the years I’ve often purged using the old TLC show Clean Sweep’s mantra of “Keep, Sell, Trash.” However, as I’ve learned, no matter how much I get rid of. I basically have the same size apartment. Being that I do so much work from home it makes the apartment feel even smaller. A living room that doubles as my photography studio and a second bedroom that doubles as an office. It’s a juggling act to say the least. If things are out in the open or out of place it creates chaos. Having to deal with that chaos means I get less work done while spending more time doing it.
So today I got up at the crack of dawn and started erecting my own little “Man Cave”. Moving furniture from one room to another while taking random frames off the floor and giving them the walls they have been missing for months. With a little hammering and finagling I created a wall Martha Stewart would be proud of. I cleared my desk to the point I could actually see the surface and created a little nook where everything was within reach. In the end, the only thing missing was a heaping cup of coffee just left of the keyboard. Though I’ll surely be tweaking it with different pictures and such, it is my little peace of mind that takes away some of the stress I feel when I’m sitting here doing what I do. Like the wise man said “Surround yourself with the things you love.” Soon we’ll be moving to a new place. I have visions of a room all my own with nothing but records, photography and all things geeky. A Geek can dream. Right?
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Cool setup you’ve got. When I finally have my own Man Cave – with nothing but my records/CDs, music posters, my turntable, and a sweet sound system – that’s how I’ll know I’ve finally “made it”.
Will do! Might be awhile, though. Like… a few years…
I honestly had this conversation with the wife the other day. “What if we put the books and your dresser in the other rooms and just bring the CD’s and records in here.” I wish I had a video camera rolling when I got the response.Get to work Ethan. I’m counting on you. Lead by example.
Haha, uh oh, I can imagine what kind of response you got. Don’t be using me as your justification – I don’t want your wife to hunt me down!