I have been (not so) patiently waiting to announce a little project I like to call: The Summer of Organization 2007. And today I can! Why the wait you might ask? Well, yesterday Apparent Dip and I finally signed the lease on a new apartment and in a month (or so) we’ll be moving! We’re not all that excited about the actual process of packing and carrying something like 50 boxes of books down a flight of narrow stairs, (in fact, I’m still convinced that the boxes will somehow pack and move themselves). But we are thrilled with the fact that we won’t have to drive in to work anymore, we’ll be close to a natural food store, and we’ll actually be living in a neighborhood where we can take nice evening walks. And…drum roll please….we’ll have a washer and dryer! I know, I know, it doesn’t take much to make me happy, but at least there will be no more trips to the laundromat. Although that does mean saying goodbye to any future sightings of the man who smells each piece of his laundry before putting it in the dryer (and then repeats the ritual when taking them out). Good times…
Anyhoo, moving means packing, and packing means organization of the highest order. Every time we move (and we’ve moved pretty much every year for the last 8 years–sometimes twice in a year) we swear that this time it will be different. This time (or so we tell ourselves), boxes will be labeled with their appropriate destination and they will contain only those items meant for that destination (no more blenders ending up in a box with bathroom supplies). Everything will be packed in advance and there will be no last minute boxes filled with crap we never meant to keep but have no time to throw/give away (and which will remain stowed in a box until we are old and gray). Possible? Not on your life. But a girl can dream, can’t she?
Hence, the Summer of Organization 2007. To ensure that I don’t misplace or lose the 10 inches of articles stacked on my desk at the moment or the DVDs we’ve been collecting over the years, or, most importantly, my books, it is time to delve into the world of organization. It is especially important for this move because Apparent Dip is leaving for 3 weeks to go gallivanting around in the mountains of Europe, for “work.” I don’t care if he is a geologist, it sounds like too much fun to me. That leaves me with the task of trying to get things reasonably organized by the time he gets back and at least boxing up my office and the books I know I won’t be reading or referring to this summer.
So, bring on the boxes and garbage bags! The Summer of Organization has officially begun!