January 16, 2021

Today I woke up feeling motivated to get shit done. I had finished my reading binge and besides a desire to devour fan fiction from the realms of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses I was feeling as though I could conquer the world. I had other things I wanted to accomplish that took far greater precedent.

The first of which was cleaning my room, which had fallen into depressive disrepair. I love my room, I’ve never seen anything like it and I think it’s a testament to my ability to both organize a space and fill it with color that feels both purposeful and cohesive. Many maximalist rooms feel more like cluttered hoarders dens in my opinion, but I wanted to take bohemian colors and textures and add the maximalism of artwork, plants, and books to fill the space with things that I both enjoyed and felt like they added beauty. If you haven’t seen my room tour, I have linked a TikTok video and Youtube video sharing them. On one wall is my bed with a muted pink duvet and a handmade chunky knit pink blanket (the one I own is one that a friend made me herself, but I have linked a very similar one) draped across, a simple white headboard, a real wood side table that hides a cat bed and serves a secondary purpose as a desk. Above the bed is a shelf that stretches across the entire space which has a shrine to my favorite Sarah J. Mass books on one side, the books at the top of my To Be Read list on the other, and some artwork and a small barely noticeable projector in the middle. On the windowsill are tropical fauna planted alongside my travel guides to the world nestled between two gold mermaid bookends. On the opposite end of the room and diagonal from the door is my reading corner, with a cozy white Papasan chair decorated with a yellow throw and pillow and in front of a giant fiddle leaf fig plant and six floating bookshelves which have the most gorgeous spines in my collection. Most of these novels are more decorative than practical, with gold and silver embossed edges, these books tend to be collector’s editions of classic works such as the full collections of both Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Shakespeare, but they’re also alongside novels on Physics, and Collections of Fairy Tales. There is also a handmade side table beside the chair that I designed and made with my grandfather. It has two raw-edged logs at the top and bottom of the table with a spun wood banister in the middle. The top log has been hollowed out to have a terrarium inside which is filled with colorful succulents. On the other side of the chair is a Moroccan blue-tiled sideboard that demands attention within the space (I have linked a similar sideboard from Anthropologie because the one I have I got on sale at Pier 1 Imports which is no longer available) and is also surrounded by plants. And tucked into the corner beside the closet is a wall-mounted vanity with an abstract floral-patterned stool tucked beneath. That is all before we discuss the aquamarine walls to one side and the mauve walls to the opposite and the giant gallery wall of artwork from Africa and the Caribbean, rough exposed edges pinned directly into the wall, and the projector screen that hides in a custom-built sideboard at the top that can be brought down or hidden without ever leaving my bed. I have a Pinterest board filled with similar photos and inspiration for anyone looking to create similarly colorful but practical spaces.

Over the past few weeks, the surfaces have been covered by a collection of nighttime water glasses and empty plates that had been used for meals and forgotten, the trash that hadn’t been picked up, and clothes that had been discarded in random places on the floor. My vanity was covered in makeup products that hadn’t been put away and the books from my last two book hauls hadn’t been categorized and added into my Book Buddy library app or put away in the To Be Read section of my bookshelf. So today, I worked on resolving that. The first thing was getting everything that belonged in other places out of my room, the trash in a trash can, the dishes to the kitchen, and the dirty clothes to the laundry room. After that was the tedious work of organizing what I owned, the books needed to be archived before I could put them away, otherwise, I risked spending more money on books I already owned which I have a terrible habit of doing. I have to do the same thing with my clothes which can also be rather annoying.

I didn’t finish tidying my room, but I didn’t want to spend the whole day doing that so I put off the reorganizing of my closet until tomorrow and the next day. I purchased a couple of tiered file organizers that are traditionally intended for desks that I hope to put in the top of my closet to organize pants. I have a habit of forgetting what bottoms I have, which are clean, and where they are, so having them conveniently someplace that they won’t topple over when I go to get a specific one will hopefully help prevent me from losing them in the future. Once my closet is reorganized I will upload a closet tour explaining how I have chosen to organize each section in order to keep my clothes in pristine condition. I do have a small space in my mom’s closet that I use for formal wear that takes up unnecessary space in my closet for clothes that I purchased for a special occasion and may or may not ever wear again. I also anticipate uploading a peek at my closet archive which has photos of every article of clothing, shoes, and accessories in my closet, and starting a series where I either randomly select or design outfits from the app that I will then try on for outfit of the day videos with recommendations of where to buy either the exact item or a similar version.

I spent the afternoon typing my journal posts from the last couple of weeks which I had failed to do and upload, if you’re just reading this you may not have even noticed that all of the uploads of recent journal posts weren’t posted until the 17th of January and they have retrospective dates matching the day after they happened. Since my readership is small at the time of posting this, no one has ever noticed, but I don’t mind spilling the secret that my posts may seem consistent and constant with a first look, but in reality, they have almost always come in bursts when I’m feeling motivated and then tapered off when I’ve felt depressed or stressed about other engagements. I love this blog but it’s a hobby at best, I make no money and it takes an ungodly amount of time to accomplish the lofty goals and projects that I have in mind. If I had all the time in the world I would have a reading review list a mile long with hundreds of book reviews on it, a travel guide to the world that includes spots I’ve only read about, and first-hand accounts and reviews all linked onto a world map that gives people the ability to learn about anywhere they might like to go in the entire world, with detailed itineraries for every type of person, every type of adventure, and more, I would have a style guide with hundreds of outfits of the day because I certainly have the closet full of clothes to design gorgeous trendy outfits, but at the end of the day, none of those things are likely to happen today or this week. These are long-term projects and ideas that are likely to take years to come to fruition and if you’re reading this you’re right here alongside me while I try to do so. I am a highly ambitious person, but my energy often runs out before I have accomplished everything I want to.

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