Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So I Went To The Shed


Despite my enthusiasm to embrace minimalism and enjoy a simpler existence in this 'residential transition period' in my life (actually I just asked myself when am I NOT in a 'residential transition period'?) one sometimes has to draw a line in the sand... and go rummaging for 'yearned-for' belongings.

I have been in denial, that the majority of our belongings can stay neatly bubble wrapped in storage until we're on the move again... I mean life is simpler with 4 plates, 4 cups...a la ships galley kitchen style.... but when you start muttering, "my kingdom for a damn rolling pin", you realise... maybe I am living a little bit too lean, maybe I have taken this 'life in storage' a bit too far. Life isn't the destination is it, it's the journey... and on this journey, I decided last week, I sorta need my desk.

I did a bit of rearranging in the main bedroom, hauled my desk, chair and other paraphernalia out of the storage shed (giving the whole shed a big tidy on the side as well... never miss an opportunity to 'sort and chuck' I say) and set up my 'spot'. Ta da... it's a bit lean, and not too much thought was put into 'staging'....nothing on the walls (good excuse for a neat and tidy inspiration board).. but I now have 'a spot'. Good things are going to happen in this 'spot'.... let me tell you!
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33 comments:

  1. I have found that when things are in storage for too long the yearning gets so great I start to buy things I already own but have forgotten about. That's how we end up with two rolling pins... and countless metal kathmandu drink bottles... (my husband's shopping weakness)!

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  2. I see you managed to pinch Mr A-M's lamp as well! Can't wait to see what's going to come out of this spot. ;)Sharyne

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  3. Oh Sharyne, it's a different one to his, it's my old one dusted off... we're just heavily into shiny silver things! A-M xx

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  4. your spot looks lovely - i agree, perfect place for good things to happen!

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  5. Looks like a great space to make things happen

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  6. And what a lovely spot it is! I have a love for all things silver and shiny too. Would love to hear how the new website is progressing. Letitia x

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  7. Great spot! I do believe we need our desks. I used to have so many things in boxes, we have moved many times and are contemplating doing it again. I think I have it in me just one more time. Mimi xx

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  8. A-M, your spot is PERFECT!! Enjoy, lovely lady ~ Txx

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  9. That looks so organised and purposeful, I think lovely creative physical environment helps develop mental space and energy don't you?x

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  10. We lived in an apartment for 4 months after we moved back from regional Qld and couldn't get into our house because of tenants. I really enjoyed this time of pared down living especially since it was in a fabulous location next to the river; no clutter, no big mess but not much life to the place. It was nice getting all of our possessions out of storage but then you come to realize that unless you declutter, possessions possess the possessor!

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  11. And a gorgeous little spot is it AM....its nice to be surrounded by the little things that bring a smile to your face..dont deprive yourself...you are right..its all about the journey :) xo

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  12. Ok so today I am tidying my desk to resemble your beautiful desk A-Me. Must get me one of those shiny lamps.
    We gave up our storage unit after a thorough cull. What remained fits in the garage. Upon reflection this is the course we should have travelled 2 yrs ago. But I couldn't bring myself to be decisive with some stuff only to realise last month, yep I can.
    Now were saving ourselves a bucketload of dollars. Pity about the car, am praying for no hail storms this summer...ha!
    xx

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  13. Oh A-Mi, when we were building our house, we rented a house with a 3 car garage so I could stash fixtures, fittings and furniture during the build. No car space - it hailed ....and how.... I drove around with those hail dings for ages......my trade-in was tragic. Here in our apartment, we have undercover parking but no garage.. oh we have 'a cage' where we can store stuff.. big enough for my violin and some fold up tables. Our storage shed is the size of a single car garage and it is about half full of house stuff. I don't think I can cull any more.... or maybe I can? Hmmm. A-Me xx

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  14. Letitia, slowly... side tracked with a few other projects.. but hopefully it will all come together for 2011! A-M xx

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  15. Living too lean can drain your spirit so i think you did the right thing. Looks lovely.Fiona

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  16. I totally understand A-M, we have been living in storage for 18mths now & we have slowly began filtering things back in to this rental, which is now becoming rather cluttered & driving me NUTS!!
    A girls gotta have her space, your desk looks lovely!!

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  17. AM, what a gorgeous spot! Where did you get that gorgeous chair? I would have had to do the same, nice to have nice visuals around you

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  18. Oh I love your desk and now have some serious desk envy. You should see what poky little table I am currently sitting at sideways! I love the lamp too and first thought you may have swiped it from Hubbies desk until I read some of the comments. Enjoy your new nook. ;-)

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  19. Well done you. A perfect space just for you. I think we all need one of those. Beautiful desks and chairs don't hurt either!

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  20. Looks tres stylish my dear...hope you have a fun week cheers Katherine xx

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  21. A-M, this is a lovely and moving post. It is of course, about so much more than just our things. There is always that longing for comfort and home underlying our daily lives.
    What a beautiful, inspiring nook. Do keep, keepin' on. Gorgeous, happy spaces and days are sure to come of it all ; )

    Cheers, Alcira

    thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

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  22. Your study is gorgeous. I've just updated my office too - with some chinoiserie wallpaper. There's a photo on my blog.

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  23. Gorgeous! You've inspired me to do a little cleaning up and culling around our desk. I love the silver in-tray - is it an actual tray?
    Vx

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  24. I love the calm orderliness of this little desk. I have just come over to visit, don't know why I've never been before, I know I often meant to! Love your blog, now I've added you to my blogroll so I'll definitely be back.
    Sharon
    My French Country Home

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  25. We all need our spot A-M....When you love houses like you do and as much as the intention is there to be as minimal as possible.....home lovers love to home make, wherever and whenever. Have fun in that storage shed....I have a feeling you might go back there once or twice. Love your desk....xv

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  26. It's perfect as it is and better than the dining table, although that's nice sometimes..Hope having your desk makes you feel a bit better..Rachaelxx

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  27. What a terrific 'spot' - perfect for inspirational thoughts and the genesis of great things.

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  28. Everything is beautiful - how can you not have staged it!! Some people just have natural creativity...Your chair and desk are gorgeous, oh and the lamp. Very envious of your space.
    Rebecca

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  29. A-M thank you for your lovely comment about me on Fun and VJs- it was very kind and made me smile.

    I don't own a rolling pin- I use a bottle of wine and you should too!

    So funny that people are now blogging about spotting me and Old Mr FF. Too crazy xxx

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  30. Oh what a lovely spot A-M. Looks like the perfect spot to conquer your new kingdom that I am sure is not far away! Leanne x

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  31. i reckon no matter how short a time you're in a place, you still need to make it home! good for you A-M! jx

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  32. A-M, so glad you have some of your favorite creature comforts back with you. Desks are useful things, even a minimalist would agree with that! ;-)

    Kat :)

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  33. As someone who lived for a year and a half with all of my things in storage, I so get you wanting, actually 'needing' to have some of your things around you! It's good for the soul!

    joan

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx