We have the luxury of two small extra bedrooms in our apartment: one is used for the guest room, the other is used as my project room. It swings wildly from tidy to chaotic.
It exploded into a mess recently, as you can see, but after a new year’s organizing frenzy, I think I have it under control for good. I can now open the door and say to you, dear reader, “This is where the magic happens…”
I bought the IKEA IVAR shelving system off Craigslist last year for $60. (Thumbing my nose here at the people who dismiss IKEA stuff as “disposable” – most of the IKEA furniture in our apartment was purchased second-hand.)
A digression: isn’t that vintage anatomical model great? Hand-painted, from Germany. My brother-in-law saved her from going into the dumpster at the elementary school where he teaches. I have since sold it on Craigslist to an oddities collector.
The clear storage boxes are from The Container Store, provider of all perfectly-designed storage solutions. Case in point #1: this simple, white, handled tray, which holds my most frequently used tools.
Case in point #2: this adjustable divider box, which organizes all of my screws, bolts, hooks, etc. in an extremely satisfying manner.
The other side of the room holds the tool I will admit I don’t use as often as I should: my elliptical macine.
We have a pretty nice mini-gym set-up: I have interlocking rubber tiles hidden under an IKEA HESSUM runner rug. This base layer absorbs noise, provides stability and reduces wear on the machine.
I mounted a simple shelf on the wall to hold a laptop. Streaming a show or a movie on Netflix or Hulu is the only thing that can motivate me to work out. (Well, that and the shame I feel because Jarrod exercises like a crazy person.)
These days I’m working (slowly) through My So-Called Life and thinking (seriously) about wearing plaid flannel dresses.
6 thoughts on “A Project Room of One’s Own”
WHOA WHOA WHOA. You come to my luxury room and fix it right up right now.
I never thought I’d like it, but I got hooked on Depserate Housewives. I walked miles and miles while watching all nine seasons. One day I did five miles just because I didn’t want to stop watching it. :)
The room looks great! I’m looking at kayak to get Steve and me to tickets to come see you guys maybe over the summer!!
Great job! I had to laugh when you mentioned that your husband “exercises like a crazy person.” That is an apt description of my husband too, while my exercise bike collects dust. Sigh.
BRAVO!!!!! Nicely done! Container Store……droooool!!!!! How I miss it up here in Canada!
Not only are your projects admirable, your writing style is very engaging. Well done!
Thanks so much, Bonnie!