Pet Please #143: Spring Cleaning

It’s been 3 years since I really reorganized my home-office.

Just over 3 years ago, I started running Stonemaier Games full time. At that point, the biggest room in my condo was my bedroom and my office. My second bedroom was largely unused.

So a former coworker helped me reorganize, shifting my bedroom to the smaller space and dedicating the bigger room purely to Stonemaier.

Even though I’m pretty tidy, I’ve accumulated random stuff over the last three years: A hodgepodge of plastic, metal, and wood shelves, tons of sample games, prototypes, and replacement parts, and a number of random documents and brainstorming documents. Everything has slowly piled up on top of each other.

I use my office to host a weekly game night, and I don’t think I realized how the space had become less and less welcoming due to the piles of stuff and unsightly shelves. Fortunately, a good friend helped me see what I was missing, and today she helped me fix the problem.

It took about 6 hours of building, purging, and organizing…and man does it feel good! I keep walking in and out of the room just to experience the feel of it, and I’ve opened and closed the closet door at least a dozen times.

The cats are thoroughly confused, of course. But I think they’ll like the new shelves in the long run.

Do you know this feeling? For me, it’s intensely satisfying. Perhaps you can share in my pleasure via these before and after photos of the newly reorganized space:

Before:

After: