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drat, foiled again

I wasted a good part of yesterday fighting with Brian over some stupid house projects. He is of the opinion that I should be able to use the items I have at hand to organize a storage room and my office.

The problems I was hoping to solve:
  • I have a storage room with camping things, art things, toys, bike things, etc. stacked on the floor. Every so often, I restack them neatly, but then someone needs something and the flinging begins. It's usually a mess.
  • My office has a huge Sauder desk wrapping around two sides of the room. It also has a four-drawer metal filing cabinet. They came with the house and I've been using them, but neither is a handy shape for my needs. I have at least two dozen boxes of books stacked against a third wall and finding anything when I need it is a big ole pain.

Since he will be out of town from today until the end of August, I proposed using the month to organize these two spaces with:
  • storage shelving
  • a smaller desk and some book shelves


That doesn't look too controversial, does it? If you said no, then you are not a man who has had to put up with my haphazard, mindless way of throwing furniture all over a room with no plan so that every room of every house we've ever shared has looked like a junk collection and it's his house, too, and he doesn't want to live in a crap heap. It was depressing. Later he said forget it, do whatever I want, he didn't care. Which means I can't win: either I live with the situation I have or change it and get the disgusted eyeroll thing. Depressing.

Then I had a dream about removing my tongue, which seemed germane given the day I'd had. I decided to brave the eyeroll. My tongue and I went to Lowe's and bought a couple of shelving units for the storage room. I just put one together and it's missing the caps for the top posts AND the wall brackets (which aren't necessary, but I'd use them if I had them). How freakin annoying is that? Since I still have one unopened package, I was thinking maybe I could slog on over to Lowe's and open it there. If the pieces are missing from it, too, I can return it then and bring the mostly-assembled one later. If they aren't, maybe Lowe's can round up the missing pieces for my first shelf. I don't know, maybe I should just take it apart now and return them both. But I want to make that room work! Bleh.

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koralleen
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
hehe
Well now you've done it: now that I have seen the phrase "no jury would convict me" I can think of nothing else.
slightlymadmom
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Argh.
Oh. I use the phrase "a jury of my peers wouldn't convict me", and once in a while point out that my peers generally get out of jury duty. I *think* I use the phrase jokingly, but I'm not sure...something else to think about!
ednoria
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
How annoying. I'd say open the unopened one, and if the pieces AREN'T missing, take them out and use them for the first shelf, and take the unconstructed shelf back to Lowe's and say they are.

That probably sounded confusing. Let me try to make it simpler.

Steal the caps and brackets from the second shelf for the first shelf. Then take the second shelf back and claim it has no pieces. This is assuming they are both the same type of shelf, of course.
koralleen
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
Of course! You are brilliant. Thanks!
thirdbase
Aug. 5th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
I'm with Ednoria.

Shelving is important. I told my mom this weekend that if she ever got on a sailboat with me, she'd never believe it because I'm so neat and tidy. She disagreed, saying I was always organized, just not in a way anyone but me ever recognized.

Looking around my living room, I sorta have to agree.

So go you on the tongue, the eye roll and the shelves.
slightlymadmom
Aug. 5th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, my mom wouldn't say that, although she is very forgiving of most of my slob-ish habits. She does understand how I want to be (organized) and can see that something is wrong that keeps me from doing it, and she tries to help me make the leap. Really, since she doesn't know what would make the difference in my brain, she is a big help and not critical. (Unlike my mother-in-law, but I won't go there. And she is at least very subtle and not outwardly offensive.)

And koraleen, I agree with ednoria (great idea!) and thirdbase -- go you on everything. I've found that I am at the point where if i have a solid organizing idea, I can actually make it work, especially if I can put the time in and am willing to be somewhat flexible. It only took 40 years, but I'm getting there...

Good luck, and have fun with it! and :-P to Lowe's. Shake out the box, btw, I found some missing pieces that way the other day.
whimmydiddle
Aug. 5th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
a man who has had to put up with my haphazard, mindless way of throwing furniture all over a room with no plan so that every room of every house we've ever shared has looked like a junk collection and it's his house, too, and he doesn't want to live in a crap heap.


Are you trying to drum up sympathy for Brian? Not happening.
lavidamd
Aug. 6th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to read about the tiff. That's unfortunate. S and I have similar, uh, discussions.

I have a few kind of related/unrelated things going through my mind, so I'll just type 'em out:

The famous quotation "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission" is often attributed to Grace Hopper.

A couple of my favorite Instructables:

a paper box

a paper bowl
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