2.21.2008

Shuffling

The last time I was visiting my family in Cleveland, my father reminded me of how I, as young girl, frequently rearranged the furniture in my bedroom. My mother regularly put up with the sounds of my bed frame scooting across the floor and the heavy drag of my dresser as it pulled at the green carpet in my bedroom. (Remember that carpet, Ma?) My college roommates lived with new floor plans all the time. (Remember the creative sofa-on-a-diagonal layout, Meg and Holly? And how about rehanging that tapestry a million times, Julie?) To this day, I am constantly rearranging things in the spaces I occupy. But now I recognize a pattern in my urges to shuffle. Like many of you, I'm sure, I tend to move things around in my physical space when it's things in my head that really need the shuffling. I've been meaning for a while to get some things straightened out up there, but have been putting it off while I've focused on "to-do" lists and other time-filling non-sense. I need to do some thinking about time management. And about priorities. And a bit about my self-image, too.


I am lucky to have a boss who is unbelieveable in her understanding and appreciation. Without my asking, she called last night and told me to take the day off today. She could tell I needed it. So now that I've shuffled things around in our kitchen cupboards and moved a few chairs to different spots in the apartment, I'm going to spend some time clearing things out in my head, too. And lucky me, I get to do it while basking in rays of the beautiful sunlight that has fallen upon Portland these past several days. I'll be back here soon, hopefully with a new floor plan in place.

22 comments:

april said...

I hear that sister! Procrastination is my middle name. Good luck.

jenifer74 said...

rearrangement of space is always refreshing. i'm pretty much in a constant state of flux and rearranging!

love those colors of your bowls.

Jamie Watson said...

Oh that is a really sweet post! Good luck today.

Mom said...

Dear Suzy,

That's one of the reasons I love it when you come home and rearrange furniture and objects. I always keep it just the way you left it and have even gotten rid of a few things (if you can believe it) - but I know there are many more things that should go the next time you are home!

And yes, who could ever forget that bright lime green shag carpet!!!!

Glad you had an R&R day - good for the body and the soul. Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

I do that (rearrange) in the garage at least twice a
year and I think tying that to "rearranging" our
thinking is an excellent observation. I don't think of it as a substitute for doing needed shuffling of
the stuff in my head, but rather a physical manfestation of the work going on up there!....
decided a long time ago that the project will never be complete so I might as well enjoy the
process! BTW, I have very fond memories of
occasionally helping you with the heavy work as
you rearranged the room!!! Love from the midwest!...miss you, Dad

beki said...

Enjoy your day! I think I could use a day to myself. I seem to have had lots of time off lately, but it's all been due to a sick kid of sick me. Yes, I think a mental health day is in my near future!

mariss said...

What a joy to read your post, and your mom and dad's responses!

I used to do the same exact thing. Often at midnight when I was supposed to be sleeping. My mom thought I would get a hernia! :)

Enjoy your day off and happy "shuffling".

ambika said...

It makes me beyond crazy that the boyfriend has things so hardwired in the apartment that there is no potential to move things around. Of course, it probably helps me focus a little on what I need to do but I still wish I had the possiblity.

Enjoy the sunshine!

amandajean said...

wow. what a great boss!

Beulah Sorensen said...

Good luck with the shuffling--internal and external. You'll figure it out!

holly said...

That put such a smile on my face! I love that you got a well-deserved day off, I loved that your beautiful home is probably going to look slightly different and I love that the sun is shining in Portland! yea. all is good and I am so glad spring is almost here.
have a great one!

Feli said...

I use to move my furniture in my bed room too. My mom was shocked from all the scratches on the floor boards that she bought me a huge rug to cover it.

I rearrange because after a few months I get bored with the look of my room. :*)

liz elayne said...

i can so relate to this...focusing on some of the "to do" things instead of the "i really need to do" things or instead of just focusing inward.

so glad you have had some sunshine! we have had a bit too and it is wonderful!

c.Rachel said...

Hope the shuffling and thinking brings a freshness to your room and world.

I love your mom's and dad's comments...lovely encouragement.

maritza said...

I'm a bit like that myself with the rearranging and reorganizing. Hope you enjoyed your day off and managed to clear away whatever clutter needs to go.

P.S. - Love that shot of the bowls - such joyous colors!

Robyn said...

i did that too! my roommate would laugh every time. r and r does a body good.

Patty said...

funny how we're so alike! you're right when you say that rearranging everything is often a symptom of a need to reorganize our outer and inner life. I've done it recently and I feel so much better.
enjoy your day off!

picperfic said...

my son does that! All would be quiet and then furniture would start being carted around his room. I think it is a good way of sorting out your mind, don't you feel clearer once you have moved it all around?

Lesley said...

That's so true! Great post. Hope you had a good day off.

The Lenart's said...

This is so funny. I just kind of did some shuffling over the weekend. Yesterday as I also stayed home from work due to bad weather I felt like I can breath again. It is February 22nd and I finally feel the holidays passed. I am ready for a new year now. :)

Sonya said...

Same way here. Part nesting, part avoidance. But I just was clearing stuff and found a large check in an unopened envelope, so bonus! And speaking of bonus, there is a chance we might be swinging by the Portland area in the summer, on our way to the coast - a blogging meet-up? Or shall I say meat-up.

Julie Owsik Ackerman said...

I'm so happy to get a shout-out on the blog! I remember the furniture being rearranged every few weeks :)

Funny, I've been rearranging a lot recently too. Often the shuffling of the physical leads to mental shuffling, usually much needed mental shuffling. Love you, girl!