Good "Housing Karma" does not always appear to us in the form of affordable, sunny one-bedroom apartments in the West Village, but sometimes it does. Or, did, for me. Yep, that's right: before I ever set foot in the West Village (or had any idea what it was!), I was given the opportunity to live in a low-rent one bedroom apartment on Greenwich Street, and by myself, at that...
(I'd say, less "Housing Karma" and more like "Manna from Heaven"!) I spent my first year in New York tearing up and down the Hudson River on my bike, skipping over to friends and work on ancient cobblestone streets, and picking up all kinds of delicious items of furniture off the curb to fill up my spacious first home. And before I knew it my lease was up and the next best situation was a room in Crown Heights, Brooklyn: where the Good Housing Karma fairy still shines through my window, but where at the moment I find myself drowning in a deluge of boxes and books.
My new room is already filled to the brim with cartons of leftover clutter, and is more than a few old screens and a paint job away from the simple sanctuary I need it to be to thrive in my gloriously populated new home with eight of my friends. (Yes! Eight!) Enter: Maxwell and Ursula to the rescue, with a bag of organic bananas and a brain full of ideas to help me transform my room over the next six weeks. Dream, Strategize, Organize:
Step One: The bones. Fix the broken screens, the shoddy paint job. Not just for color, but for a fresh start. Clean the windows. Simplify, giving away what isn't absolutely necessary. Fix the bones - the physical space to build on in the coming weeks.
Ha! Easier said than done! As we talked, the piles around me seemed only to grow, and I felt violent urges to chuck the rest of my unpacked boxes at random. But Max assures me - one step at a time, and when I've given myself a clean slate to build on, it will all be worth it.
First stop, the laundromat.
Checklist for week one:
* Sort through wardrobe
* Deal with half of the boxes of clutter
* Sort through books
* Remove torn screens and clean the windows
See you next week!
Rebecca "the winsome clutterer" Bea
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