At the same time, we've had various home office furniture scattered here and there -- a desk and a printer stand tucked into the living room behind the couch, and a two drawer credenza file acting as a catch all in the entry way.
Tom uses the treadmill regularly. He likes to put the TV on and just go after it. I seldom use the treadmill because the room itself is so ugly it makes me crazy -- I just hate to go in there. Neither of us are frequent flyers on the exercise bike or the health rider.
I've been looking at it all for awhile now; poking at it in my mind; trying to make it all fit better and work better, and maybe even look better. Gradually, I came to see a realignment of the parts and pieces that would make it all work better. The simple story is that I moved the treadmill out to the space behind the couch where the desk and printer used to live. I pushed the health rider and the exercise bike into opposite corners, and then moved the desk so that it is perpendicular to the book shelves, facing the window. I moved the file cabinet so that it backs up to the desk -- making a sort of office furniture peninsula. Then I put the printer stand at the end of that grouping.
- The little room is much tidier. Looks neater. Makes some sort of visual sense now.
- The space behind the couch is cleaner looking, without all that desk and printer clutter.
- He and I can now use the treadmill without having to be isolated in the small exercise room. Treadmill-ing can now be a more sociable activity.
- A large, unattractive, dusty, silk rubber tree plant has been loaded into the car to be hauled off to the second hand store.
- Three sets of ridiculously heavy dumbbell weights (15 pound, 20 pound, and 25 pound) have been, likewise donated to Goodwill.
- Likewise, the giant purple core exercise ball is on its way to Goodwill.
With all of that, and a few other odds and ends cleaned out from the garage over the weekend, the "bag" count is up to 32, and things are beginning to feel more livable around here.