Monday, February 6, 2012

It's the Little Things

Sometimes the littlest things can make such a big difference.

This is actually a bit of a problem for me because I tend to be pretty oblivious to the little things.

I can't tell you how many times I have pointed something out to my husband and asked, "How long has that been like that?"  To the response, "Only the past year or so.  How are you just now noticing?!"

One of my mother's favorite phrases to me as a child was, "If it was a snake it would have bitten you."

The truth is that the snake not only would have bitten me but I probably would not have even noticed the bite until it was too late.

This is why the house often tends to get just a little messier each day.  If it's a gradual process I honestly don't notice many of the little things.  A pair of socks here, a scrap of paper there.  I step right over them without even noticing.  Then one day I look around and wonder how it got so messy again.

So, is it any wonder that, when I rearranged my dining/homeschool room/office/craft room, I didn't notice the obvious furniture placement solution?

A solution that my husband would have, had I asked him, noticed immediately.

Instead, I just stared at it for days and weeks and found myself frustrated that it just didn't quite fit the way I had originally envisioned.

 You see, the corner was a bit tight.

When I had planned on putting the desk against that wall, in my mind, there was plenty of space.  The desk, the drawer craft organizers, and then the lamp.

Unfortunately the lamp was pushed pretty tightly against the wall, and though it is not obvious, the lampshade was ever so slightly tilted.

Which bothered me.

I also had a plan to put a piece of furniture along the white wall to the right.  However, I realized there would not be room in the corner to keep it from blocking the drawers.

What to do?
 My main problem was this light-switch.  See, I couldn't move the desk any further over because it would block the light-switch.

Yes, I realize quite a few of you have already noticed the painfully obvious solution to my problem.

 But it took me days weeks months to notice what was staring me right in the face.

Then one random day I had an epiphany!

Oh, right.  I could just switch the desk and the drawers so that the smaller piece of furniture is under the light-switch.  That leaves oodles of room for the lamp.  And for the other piece of furniture.

Yup, that works.

Such a simple solution.

This is why I am not good at organization.