IKEA?! Yes, IKEA! I've often disdained IKEA furniture as being grad school furniture along the ranks of milk crate shelves and mass market paperbacks. IKEA is notoriously cheap and flimsy. But not all of it. In fact, the original Expedit shelves that I purchased about nine years ago survived a trans-continental move and serve as my non-fiction bookshelves today. The new Expedit shelves that I purchased a couple of years ago serves as my fiction- and TBR- shelves now. Neither has buckled under the weight the way the Billy bookcases did in my old apartment (yes, the one I had during grad school!) So yes, off to IKEA I went last week-end and this is the transformation wrought:
Obviously, some other things had to happen in order for this arrangement to happen: Most notably, what's left of the Great 48 has been moved into the living room. This coming week, all of that will have to be dispositioned: thrown away, put into storage, whatever; but it will no longer take up unorganized residence in my home office. There are some other finishing touches to this area that need to happen as well: I need to dress the cables, get a poster framed for over the printer area, replace the generic office chair (IKEA's Jules swivel chair in birch finish,) decide how the remaining squares in the work station are to be filed, etc.; but it's a start.
Next week, I'll talk about the last of the Great 48: "Letting Go, Part 2" and "Going Paperless."
My Future Self: Home Office Excavation (Physical & Psychological Effects of Clutter)
My Future Self: Home Office Excavation: Week 2 (Light and Planning)
My Future Self: Home Office Excavation: Week 4 (Paper Demons)
My Future Self: Home Office Excavation: Week 5 (Donations)
My Future Self: Home Office Excavation: Week 6 (Sharing Space)