So, I've been thinking about how people plan living spaces (surprise!), and I've been noticing that we always seem to have desks and offices on the periphery, wedged into a corner somewhere. That's how I've always done it, too. But whenever my desk is in the corner, I end up sitting somewhere else, because huddling in the corner is not an appealing way for me to work. I sit on the couch, the floor, anywhere but at the desk -- and it's fine until three weeks later, when I realize my back is sore and my wrists can't last through a day of typing.
Here at the new place, I have two bedrooms. For a while, I was feeling guilty1 about not having a roommate, and I halfheartedly tried to keep one of the bedrooms empty for the hypothetical roommate I might find. But yesterday I realized that, dammit, I picked out this apartment for myself, knowing full well how big it was, and as long as I'm paying for all this space, why not use it? So I moved all the music gear into the extra bedroom, and as soon as I did it, I knew it was the right choice, because suddenly everything else fell into place. Instead of having one desk crammed in the corner of the living room, I now have room for a big two-desk setup that's right at the heart of everything. I can sit anywhere around the apartment, but I actually gravitate toward the desk instead of away from it. Seems like a good sign.
Oh, and the other nice thing about making the extra bedroom the music room is that I have a music room in my apartment.2
- I mentioned my two-bedroom guilt to Paul yesterday, and he said that he needed three -- bedroom, office, and "swap room". He has swap space in his house.