My other obsession

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I have an obsession. Other than anything to do with books, I mean.

I'm obsessed with organization. It doesn't matter what the subject is - it can be organizing my bookshelf, my goodreads catalog, my reading lists, my to-do list, my career, my home, my possessions, my wardrobes/closets, etc. When I was moving out of Blacksburg and trying to pack my belongings, I was still looking at every book I owned and making sure they are cataloged in my Goodreads library. On the last day. Uh-uh. My friend had to stop me from this major distraction, considering that I still had a long way to go, and had not much time left before I had to vacate.


Lately, I've been thinking furniture. I mean, obsessing furniture. And home decor. When I moved in last year, I bought just the bare minimum, so as not to starve my bank accounts. Now though, I've been considering adding more. Even though it's been more than 6 months since I graduated, I still tend to think as a grad student sometimes. Grad thinking = minimal lifestyle. Clearly, the two clash violently. Much as I don't want to buy something I don't have necessary use for (esp since I stay alone), at the same time, I don't like living like a hermit.

I've been browsing around home decor and furniture websites, looking for a new TV, a new living room set, nightstand, exercise bike and a bookshelf. Being more of an online shopper, I'm thankful I don't feel the necessity to see something before I buy it, much as I know it's not a helpful habit. So when CSN approached me to do a review of one of their products, I jumped right in. They do have a good selection of whatever I'm looking for, so that's a great starting place.

I'm most inclined to get an exercise bike. Being a fitness freak, I've been feeling very upset that my morning regimen has been disrupted thanks to my late-to-bed-late-to-rise routine since winter started. Forget evenings, I'd rather grab a cup of coffee than head to the gym. The other alternative I have is a bookcase. The one I have is already overflowing. But, at the same time, I'd rather wait for my books to reach double-bookcase capacity, than buy a new one and find an excuse to buy books.

I'm also considering buying some patio furniture for the summer, because that's one of my favorite places to read. I particularly like this round chair I saw at All Modern, and would like to add a coffee table to go with it.

All in all, looks like I have some browsing and deciding to do. It's hard to hold back and settle for just one thing. Do you have any obsessions other than books, of course?

11 comments:

Diana said...

Enjoyed this post...maybe because I can relate..ha! I'm also obsessed with lists and just today discovered bagcheck.com...lists galore. Oh, and that chair...it BETTER include free shipping for that price..wow.

bermudaonion said...

One of my obsessions is dishes, so I can relate. I wish I was more organized!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Organization? Now you are talking my language! I couldn't live without my to-do list :-) What a fun thing to be thinking of buying furniture, I like the look of the patio chair, for sure. Can't wait to see what you get.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I am the queen of organization. I live for it. In every aspect of my life I am always looking for ways to organize things and make them run more smoothly. So yeah, I can relate.

That blog event is coming up where everyone gets more organized and I think to my self, "ooo I already did that." ;)

Good luck shopping!

Have you tried Ikea?

Aths said...

Diana, Oh goodness, did you really have to introduce me to yet other awesome site? Now, I'm going to have to explore that!

Kathy, my mom is obsessed with dishes and any crock ware! She'll raise a toast to your statement.

Helen, I'm so excited too!! Can't wait to select!

Juju, I don't have an IKEA nearby. :( But I love them! I'm going to have to go to one when I visit my friend in NC.

Ash said...

Definitely decorating. When we moved into our townhouse I spent the whole three months prior collecting furniture and decorations and making a lot of things myself. I'm looking for a new bookshelf right now too, but I'll probably just get a regular one and paint it like I did with my others.

Aths said...

Ash, I can certainly relate to that. While I'm into much into decorating mainly because I'm bad at it, I like to organize and arrange and rearrange stuff at home.

Lisa said...

What fun choices to have to make!

makati condo said...

At least you're able to organize your stuff. This makes it easy to sort through various items.

Athira / Aths said...

That's true, lol. If only, it didn't annoy others too. Sigh...

park avenue condos said...

Furniture obsession is not bad as long as you don’t renovate
your house every month. Use your organization skill to improve the look of the
house and make sure you’ll like the look for a long time so you don’t waste
money.