September 06, 2006
Design for the Sexes
I'm addicted to HGTV, and I have dragged Lucas into my addiction (with minimal kicking and screaming). One of our favorite shows is "Freestyle" where they completely redecorate a room in one day using all their own stuff ( no paint or anything). It basically consists of moving furniture and rehanging artwork, but it's really cool. This concept is very appealing to student couples with no money living in housing where there is limited space and no painting allowed. So we decided that we would take the Labor Day weekend and "freestyle" our apartment (they only need one day, but we're not professionals so we figured we'd need a little more time). We decided that, while we were at it, we should clean and organize the apartment...and our storage space. Now, there is another show on HGTV called "Design for the Sexes" where they work with a couple trying to create a design that they both like. In general, I don't enjoy this show at all, but I learned the value of compromise this weekend. It turns out that when we talked about this weekend as being one of cleaning, organizing, and decorating Lucas heard: CLEANING, ORGANIZING, and decorating, while I heard: cleaning, organizing, and DECORATING. I couldn't figure out why he would get frustrated when I would jump ahead to which pictures we wanted to frame, or where to move the lamp I hate. He couldn't figure out why I got frustrated when we were in day 3 and we'd only made it through the storage unit, the closets, and the bedroom and done NO decorating. The good news is that we managed to survive the "freestyle." Our apartment is much cleaner, we got rid of a ton of junk, and we changed the furniture and art around enough so that I am happy...I mean WE are happy!