As I have mentioned in some comments around blogland, Dale and I spent the weekend reorganizing the computer/yarn/fiber/book room. I don’t have before pictures because I was just too embarassed to show you. Believe me when I say it was a disorganized mess of fiber, yarn, papers and junk.
First, a bit of background. This little project was inspired by the purchase of a new computer. Now, I have had a home computer since 1992 and back then it just sort of got stuck in a corner of our guest room. The only reason I got it was because I was in graduate school and also the mother of a one year old. This meant I couldn’t trek to the library to study and do research whenever I wanted, hence a computer at home became a necessity. But, remember, there was no World Wide Web in those days, people. There were no search engines. There were gophers and Archie and Veronica and that was about it. Really, it was just this big black hole called the Internet. Therefore, a home computer just wasn’t part of our daily lives, it was just something I used to get through school.
Well, I don’t know about you all and your computer use, but things sure have changed at our house since 1992. For one thing, it’s a different house these days. For another, everyone in the family now has an email account and everyone uses the computer every day, including some family members who don’t even live with us. Therefore, we decided that since the computer is part of our daily lives, it should be situated in a clean, organized and comfortable environment. Our goal was to create more of a den and less of a junk room so that it would be a space everyone could enjoy.
After 2 trips to IKEA, lots of anxiety, some cussing, and maybe a few tears (mine) this is what we’ve accomplished.
See that nifty new desk? And comfortable office chair? Woo and also hoo. And the bench under the window holds all my fiber.
The green thing (as we so lovingly call it) holds all Dale’s
junk crap important stuff, the rolling cart has all my quilting and sewing supplies and the POANG chair from IKEA is for sitting, reading and knitting.
Ahhh. Here you see books of all sorts but mostly on the subjects of the Civil War, quilting and knitting. And there’s some yarn. That’s pretty much all of it, too. Well, except for that Lantern Moon basket hiding under the green thing. Clearly, I need a bigger stash.
We still need to get a rug for the floor and rearrange the stuff on the walls. We’ll probably wallpaper, too. In the meantime, though, I think we’ve succeeded in creating a nice place to hang out.