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Monday January 03, 2005, 00:30

In a attempt to exert increasing amounts of control over my environment and my life, I have recently taken the following steps to organize and otherwise arrange my apartment:

1. Replaced the toilet seat in the bathroom - For the past several years, every time I went to the bathroom I noticed that the toilet seat was a bit old, a bit dented, and just hovering on this side of disgusting. The top of the seat was banged up where it would hit the tank when it was lifted, the little plastic feet between the seat and the lid were cracked (and one of them was missing) and the underside of the seat was discolored, even after repeated cleanings. It had been there when I moved in, and I would often wish that there was a way to easily replace it. Apparently, I am an idiot. For ten dollars and a trip to the newly opened Home Depot not twenty blocks away, I am now the proud owner of a startlingly improved bathroom. I would never have guessed that one improvement could clean up the room as significantly as it did, and all it took was the turn of two plastic screws. Now if only I could decide what color to paint the walls.

2. Bought a new plastic bag organizer for the closet - I love The Container Store. I don't really buy too much there, but I love walking the aisles looking at all of the things that have been invented with the expressed purpose of arranging a hectic life. My problem is that I just have too much stuff, so the store can't really help me until I help myself. On this particular visit, however, I came across a home accessory so lovely that I just had to have it (and again, at ten dollars, it was quite the steal). It was a plastic bag holder, in metal and plastic, meant to mount on a wall or under a cabinet, and it was the perfect solution to the mess that has been accumulating in the closet. You see, I can't stand throwing out plastic bags. And our society has become obsessed with double bagging everything that it can. Stick of gum? Have a bag. 2 AA batteries? Have two bags. So I get home and I have bags and bags and bags. Some of them can be recycled, and I do what I can to separate the ones with a little "1" and "2" printed on them from the ones that read "4" or "6." But even better is the notion of reuse, right, and so most of the bags make it to the closet where they await their turn in one of the garbage cans around the apartment. The problem is that my "bag bag," a cloth tube with an opening at the top (for bags coming in) and a hole at the bottom (for bags going out) was hemorrhaging bags out of the bottom hole, and was just contributing to the overall mess. Enter the bag holder I found at The Container Store that will hold my bags nicely and neatly on the wall, distributing them out a slot in the front when needed.

Of course the mounting of the bag holder was a bit more trouble that it should have been, involving the wrong drill bits (wood, not masonry), the wrong screws (the kind where the heads will break off halfway into the wall) and the overall wrong approach (that ended with my pulling a six inch chunk of plaster out of the wall in an attempt to remove the aforementioned wayward screw). A quest for putty and a masonry bit and screws and anchors left me with a mis-colored patch of wall and a little more respect for the term "the right tool for the job."

3. Bought a computer stand - After two years of propping my laptop up on a cardboard box to raise it up off of the desk and promote better air circulation, I finally broke down and bought a nice metal stand for it from Staples, and darn if it doesn't make my desk look that much better. Of course an iCurve might be nicer, and might still get a stand that holds the computer up a bit higher to place the top of the machine closer to eye level, but it's so nice to be able to look at the living room and see something that looks reasonably put together.

4. Bought felt pads to go under my faux Eames chair legs - For some reason, guests like to slide my arm chair across the living room when they sit in it. I don't quite understand the urge that people have to sit down in a chair, and then scooch it around, but what was more irritating than having to move the chair back was knowing that it was scratching up my floor, so after three years of being in this apartment, I finally broke down and bought self-adhesive felt pads to go under the chair and ottoman's nine feet, and my floor is thanking me for it.

5. Did not replace the rug in the living room after the New Year's party - I'm still a bit torn about this, but I think that it's the right thing to do right now. There used to be a small rug that lived under the coffee table in the living room. This rug fit just under the coffee table, and butted up against the sofa. It fit quite nicely, but what it did was reduced the living room, visually, to the coffee table-sofa unit, separating it from the remaining five feet of the living room to the opposite wall. By removing the rug, the room is more unified, by removing the visual barriers. Ideally, there will be a large run that encompasses that whole half of the room, separating the living room from my desk and office area, but until then, this is a much better solution.

And there you have it, the way I've decided to kick 2005 off, and the way I've decided I am going to live the rest of the year - decisively, and with less clutter.

I still have not finished reading this weekend's Times, however, and feel that this is going to be an ongoing, and losing, battle.

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