this has been driving me nuts for at least a month – messmessmess! Well, it’s a mix. For once my kitchen is only a bit messy with a very small, respectably sized pile of dirty dishes. The problem is big and small bits of clutter here there and everywhere.
BUT! One partial solution may be in its beginnings. After searching the city for a 2 drawer file cabinet to no avail, I have at last acquired one from a foreign couple who are going back to the US this year. Not sure why it’s so difficult to find file cabinets as this provincial capital has loads of offices – maybe they all order them online so it’s not worth it for the stores to keep them in stock? I’m hoping this purchase will not add to the clutter but instead will help me by providing a place in which to organize my class notes, as well as important documents that always seem to be floating around in odd places.
A big thing that would help my sense of equilibrium is that I’ve had a pile of broken computer equipment sitting on my couch since shortly after an electrical surge broke it and I really need to get it out of here. I’ve been planning to take it to the friend of a friend who has helped me with computer problems in the past in the hopes he would want to buy it to see if it was fixable or had salvageable parts, but the idea of transporting it backwards up a one way street without a vehicle of my own has seemed too daunting to figure out a way around it. I just need to do it at some point – maybe see if he can come pick it up.
And I’ve been wanting to start eating dinner at a table again and currently my table is in my office acting as a repository for all my class materials and my living room has an extra sofa – everything is a long story, and I tend to think I’ll have a use for everything, so now I’m trying to figure ways to juggle furniture around the various rooms of my small apartment in a way in which all the pieces will be useful and not abused by el gatos (my 2 oh-so quiet and oh-so destructive cats).
yesterday I did some shifting and moved the file cabinet into my office, ejecting a bitty bit of a sectional leather-ish sofa to the little back porch/sun-room/drying room. I was surprised how much of a difference that seemed to make in my mental outlook (why am I such a prisoner to my environment and emotions??), along with washing parts of the office and kitchen floors.
And look, I’m sitting in my office again, which I haven’t done in a while, residing primarily on my living room couch – I’m starting to think this is both a bad idea and a bad habit.
So… the seesaw (almost like better the ‘seasaw’ that I started typing originally) that is life in general and that reflected in the shape of my apartment.
I need some people to start hanging out here – now that would be cool – a trip back in the direction of the wonderfully communal life that is college residency.
So today… I don’t have a plan and I think I need to make one. Three things are hoped for, or maybe 4:
- school work – class prep
- cleaning/organizing + laundry
- my own studies – Chinese and GRE math review
and Bible reading and prayer – I want to say ‘of course,’ but with current irregularity of this at present I should probably make it thing #5 :)
Is anyone out there really able to separate the goals in their lives? They always seem so interconnected to me that I can’t avoid, in addition to my wordy rambling, talking about different goals as they coexist with and impact each other. 1 month ago