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I Think I’ll Just Rearrange His Living Room…

Something weird happened the other day.  I was cleaning out my room as I do every year around this time and I found myself thinking, “Hmm… maybe I’ll bring my second desk to TWD’s house.”


Of course my game plan this year was to rid my room of every possible horizontal surface, leaving only my bed and my main desk.  (Without horizontal surfaces on which to pile my crap, I’d actually have to put it away, right?)  But there’s a big difference between saying, “If I put my trunk in my closet, I won’t be able to pile my laundry on top of it” and “I think I’ll rearrange my boyfriend’s living room to accommodate my spare desk.”

That’s not to say that I haven’t thought about it before.  We’ve actually spoken about setting up a workstation for me at his place and I did rearrange his patio furniture a while back but this was different.

This was weird.

I already have a drawer at his house.  And a shelf in the bathroom.  And toiletries—even embarrassing things like tampons and one of my three Nettipots.  I have PJs, slippers and underwear, which TWD actually washes and folds for me.  I also have cans of tomato juice in the kitchen cabinet and the only reason why I don’t have my own designated almond milk in the fridge is because TWD has started drinking the stuff himself.  He actually prefers it.

But still: I don’t have a desk.  And the minute I thought “You know what?  I should have a desk at his house,” I thought, “Whoa… a whole desk?  That’s a lot.  That’s kind of a big deal.  That’s weird.”

A few minutes later, I had the same reaction to my old curtains.

I’m a bit eclectic when it comes to my curtains, by which I mean I have three windows and a different treatment for each of them.  I keep thinking that I ought to redecorate within the confines of a comprehensive design scheme but every time I get all fired up to head over to Ikea and buy coordinated accessories, I get equally fired up about moving out, so I can never justify the expense of redecorating.

Hence the three different curtains.

I had an old set of sheers in my trunk so I decided to replace the heavy, off white drapes that I bought to block out the street lights at night but never actually remember to close.  As I took them down, I found myself thinking, “Hmmm… these aren’t too girlie-looking.  I bet they’d look nice at TWD’s house.”

He doesn’t do curtains.  He does blinds.  And although I hate the fact that curtains have to be cleaned and ironed and kept from collecting too much dust, I do think they’re kind of nice, in moderation.  In fact, I think they’d be kind of nice in TWD’s house, especially as the only non-bachelor décor he has was put there by his mother.

But it’s not my house.

They’re not my windows to decorate.

And yet, a small part of me kind of wishes they were.

Anyone else ever felt this way?

7 Responses to “I Think I’ll Just Rearrange His Living Room…”

  1. Maia Simon

    Yes, Kat, you are entirely normal. (Except for when you are not!)

  2. Katie

    Justin and I moved in together WAY too early – pretty much at the start of our relationship (it was long-distance prior to that while he was stationed in Korea – we’d met during his mid-tour R&R back home), so then I just moved right on into his crappy apartment at his new stateside station when he got back. The only good thing I can think of about doing something that nutty is that both parties are starting from scratch. We had a mattress, bed frame, and used sofa he’d acquired, and a cheap entertainment center and trunk I’d brought for a coffee table. That’s IT. After several months of living like that, Justin made a huge mistake. He surprised me with furniture. I came home from work to a new dining set, coffee table, and end tables. And I hated them. We started from scratch together, but then I still got stuck with his fugly furniture.

    So. The moral of the story? Bring your desk over. If you two are headed towards matrimonial bliss, you’re going to have to start learning how to share the space. 🙂

  3. Jill

    Nope. I never dated anyone who had his own place long enough to want to live there, and when I found Michael we just got married. Unseemly quickly, according to some, but it saved a bundle on long-distance phone bills (yup, we are that old).


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