Because the kids are in Little Rock at a summer camp this week, and don't get home with their designated parent (or carpool driver) each day until about 90 minutes after I get off work, I find myself at home with a bit of alone time around dinner. I really shouldn't be left by myself when there are boxes of furniture awaiting assembly. It gives me ideas.
I was going to wait to assemble the big Expedit shelf unit, desk, and worktable that will constitute my new crafting area until the weekend. But while I was waiting for Noel to bring the kids home from the city, I started looking at websites and videos showing the assembly. I started to get antsy. And when the rest of my family walked in the door, I was stacking up empty boxes in the hallway and inventorying all the pieces.
Commentary on the web suggested that the large 25-cubicle square could be assembled in as little as 30-40 minutes. With some trepidation, because I wasn't sure I understood how the pieces went together and because I tend to be a blind follower of instructions, I took the advice of Ikeafans.com and put both sides on first, then stood it up and put all the shelf and vertical pieces in from that position. It was an absolute breeze. I couldn't believe how fast it all went together. Within an hour of turning the first screw, I was turning the last one. It was so effortless that I went ahead and put the attached desk together, too.
I also got a trestle table, but it's just a bit too wide for the space that's left between the desk and the wall, unless we move our bed a bit so there will be more room on that side. I may not be able to resist setting it up even so, though; I'm so close to the crafting space I had envisioned that I think I could deal with having to squeeze through on my way to bed temporarily. I'll post pictures soon.
Now I get the joy of moving all my yarn and equipment into my new space -- maybe the part I've been looking forward to most, since it involves getting reacquainted with my stash. Can I hold off long enough to let Cady Gray help, as she has pleaded? My self-control just isn't the best when it comes to new spaces, new organization, new inspiration.