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The thing about IKEA

The thing about IKEA is that you go there to look at kitchen cabinets and go, "Oooh, cabinet! $39!" and somehow when they ring you up for everything you need in order to actually install two of them, like doors and stuff, it's $345 and you're too embarrassed to say, "Whoops, I was in fantasyland."

So I ponied up. It's all part of Project Empty, my new hobby.

avventura1234 helped steady my nerves getting through IKEA--honestly, is there a portkey to a graveyard in the middle of that store?--and load the heavy flat-packs into my car. Now they're lined up in my kitchen, and as soon as I finish drinking this restorative pot of tea I'm going to flex my Allen wrenches and start assembling the thing.

Here's the Before picture that this cabinet purchase is intended to make an After picture out of. Note: this represents Project Empty, Area 3.1. It's in my kitchen.

Of the three worst junkpiles in my house, this one is the easiest to clear because almost none of it has sentimental value, and most of it belongs at the Metro hazardous waste disposal center. All I need are trash bags, rubber gloves, and a dust mask.

The stuff that's left after I clear this heap will still have to live in the kitchen. That's where the IKEA cabinet, with its suprisingly pricey doors of tool-and-hardware concealment, comes in.

Oh, and for the tally of Project Empty completed areas (and I can't emphasize enough how important it's been to slice this project very, very thinly):
  • 7.1 Outdoor areas: Front porch
  • 2.8 Bedroom nightstand a: top surface
  • 2.8 Bedroom nightstand b: drawer
Only 63 more to go.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
3 down!!
Woooo. *drops towel around your shoulders, gives you enegy drink and quick massage* You've got your work cut out for you! But not to worry--you can do eet.
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: 3 down!!
Thanks, Coach!

*puts tooth-guard back in*
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Okay, I haven't chimed in yet, but I wanted to tell you I stand in awe of this project, and your very organized approach to it. Getting rid of stuff feels so amazingly therapeutic...I'm actually a little jealous.

As for Ikea, it's a very love/hate thing for me. I come away so exhausted (and often overwhelmed) I can barely face whatever project sent me there in the first place. But let's face it, they have such great goodies for getting little spaces organized, who can resist? Can't wait to see your cabinet in all it's final glory.
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
The more I tackle this project, the more I realize how...psychological...clutter is. Clearing it is so much more than just housekeeping. It's really kind of an adventure in, ummm, "self-actualization." You should pardon the lame term.

The thing that takes me back to IKEA time and again is that inherent respect they have for living in small spaces. I love the little "375 square foot house" vignettes. They make my house look big.

Edited at 2008-01-07 06:30 am (UTC)
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
I am inspired by your project! I love the updates!

Are you feeling more powerful/empowered yet? I know you will! :)
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
I am! And it beats the heck out of dwelling on negatives!
Jan. 9th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Most excellent!
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Baring it all!
I think that taking photos of my messy house is very powerful. I think SHARING those photos of my messy house is, well, like getting naked. In front of everyone. When I think about it, it makes me realize how insidious my mess is! It manifests itself in every area of my life.
I'm taking charge, goddammit! I want my life back! Actually I want my life (I don't think I've ever had it! I cleaned off one shelf tonight, and am tackling another. I approach the really overwhelming projects in 5-minute increments. After 5 minutes, I allow myself to stop or continue. By then, I usually want to continue. Forward ho!
Jan. 7th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Baring it all!
Who you callin' ho?

I'm finding that strictly limiting my exposure to any one part of the mess is necessary. Even fifteen minutes can be overwhelming. I agree that five-minute increments, in between other, less traumatizing activities, is working well for me.
Jan. 7th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Bring down the tower so that it may be rebuilt!
Jan. 7th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Ha! Yup, that's about the size of it. Except I hope to rebuild it out of a whole lot less crap.
Jan. 7th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
I've heard "crap" can make excellent mortar. So don't get rid of all of it.
Jan. 7th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
IKEA is evil, but in a good way
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Yup, definitely a love-hate thing.
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