This will (hopefully) be the last full summer that we live here in St. John’s. Accordingly, our friends and families are taking advantage of it and we are having four separate sets of guests staying in our house from June all the way until August.
Normally when we have guests, we cram an air mattress into the tiny space that is my home office floor and force our guests to live in cramped conditions for the duration of their visit.
This summer, probably because the Pie and I will be sleeping in there while our parents take our bed, we decided to move things around to make for a little more room.
We got a Groupon deal for a new memory foam mattress, and so when (if) it arrives we plan to keep the old mattress for a few extra weeks and use it on the floor of the guest room/office. As crappy as the mattress is, if you have ever slept with another person on an air mattress you will know how much more preferable it is to being flopped around every time the other person rolls over or gets in or out of bed. Anyway, in order to do this we had to make a bit more room for ourselves.
Many of my teaching materials are going across the street to my school office. I should really use it for more than meeting with my students, as it’s pretty spacious and, unlike most of the students in my department, I only share it with one other person, a per-course instructor like me who is never there. I plan to stake my claim on the desk by the window. I’ve already dusted it, after all.
If we could afford it, the Pie and I would be all over some amazing furniture that better utilizes small spaces. Watch this video from Resource Furniture and see what I mean — it’s very inspiring. As we can’t afford it, we did the best we could. I found this desk online and decided that a small rolling desk was probably the best option for us, and that $60 was a decent price for it. My old desk, which was actually originally in the Pie’s office, was a sturdy structure from IKEA, in the JERKER line. I hated it. Mostly because if you are familiar with IKEA furniture, you know that once you put it together the first time, you really shouldn’t take it apart ever again. And we moved this heavy sucker FIVE TIMES.
Fortunately our friend Kirby had a serious crush on the desk, and with no IKEA nearer than Québec City, had no way to get one of his very own. So we gave him this one, and he’s very happy with it.
So, after de-cluttering my work area (so much stuff that was out in view that could be put away somewhere else), and shoving the freezer over to the other side of the room, there’s a lot more floor space in my office, plenty of room for a queen-sized mattress and some more to spare.
We can simply roll the desk into our room or the dining room or wherever, so that I can still do some work at home while people are here. And I will use my school office more often as well.
I bought this little metal shelf from Canadian Tire to support my herb farm once I re-potted it and I suspect another one will do a handy job of holding all my fabric (the shoe shelf I am currently using is not really up to the strain).
The new shelf in the office.
Of course, removing a large and tall piece of furniture left a huge empty spot on my wall. But I can fill that easily enough. I added two more prints I got for Christmas, and then used Rasterbator and a picture of Gren to fill the rest of the space. Cait tells me she looks forward to waking up to Gren’s looming face when she and her sister come to visit this August. I told her that not only would she have the poster version, but the real Gren would probably loom over her to wake her up as well. This is his favourite room to play ball in after all.