Settling in: Adventures in clothing storage

The new pad

Yeah so there is some pretty big news I guess I neglected to mention on this blog because I actually have mentioned nothing on this blog because I am a terrible blogger. And the main part of the news is that I have moved out of the old garage and I am now living in Lincoln Heights.

before: a terrible jumble

I have moved in with Dwight, who I guess is sort of a colleague of mine. He is a great key grip and you might remember him from his In-N-Out tour. His old roommate got married and moved out and so I took the old roommate’s place. We live in the top floor of a pretty rad old victorian house with some great views. I’m pretty happy with the place.

For a couple of weeks after moving in, I didn’t really have time to get around to solving the problem of having a lack of storage space in my new room. I had piles of clothes and other things just taking over the whole room.

I had been trying for a couple of weeks to find a dresser I liked on craigslist but the owners would keep flaking out after the point of letting me know where to pick up the dresser. Well, to be fair, in one case the guy let me know that someone else had already bought it before I could make it down there, but anyway, I got tired of the pile of junk in my room and decided to head out to Ikea and just buy something new.

Recently my sister bought a new dresser from Ikea for her old room and I just remember the particle board or MDF or whatever “outgassing” like crazy and just filling the whole house with these eye-watering fumes. I decided to try to avoid having the same problem by unboxing all of the parts in a well-ventilated room in the back of the house and I let everything air out for a solid 24 hours or more before bringing the parts into my room and assembling them.


In the end, the pre-outgassing was only partially successful as the fumes still filled up my room for a few days afterward but it wasn’t as strong, I don’t think. It’s been well over a week now and the smell is still there a bit, especially inside the drawers.

a helping hand

Ikea says that building this thing is a two-person job so I enlisted the help of my good friend Mr. Coleman to get me through some of the tricker bits.


The end result is looking a lot neater. I was hoping to get one of these used (and pre-outgassed!) for about a third of what I ended up paying but in the end my impatience for the huge unruly pile of crap won out over my frugal side and I made this semi-impulse buy. I say semi-impulse buy because basically all of the ones I tried to get on craigslist were this exact one, haha.

So anyway, yeah. I’m liking it so far here at the new pad. So. Yeah. End update.


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