My desk broke. Okay, no big surprise. We got it secondhand (probably third or fourth-hand by the time it came to live with us) from a Boy Scout camp that was getting all new furniture. That was close to 20 years ago, and since then it’s been through two major moves.
The problem is, I’d gotten so used to it. Knew where stuff was on it and in it. Had my office arranged where I could turn in a circle and reach just about anything I needed to. And then the stupid file drawer popped a runner or whatever and all these ball bearings started falling out and then I could no longer get the drawer open or closed without using brute force. Completely unfixable. Believe me, my husband tried.
Do you know what a hassle it is to try to reconfigure an office? We checked out the selections at Office Depot, but nothing quite fits my space as well as what I had. And, um, they don’t make furniture like that anymore. Picture the old-style black metal desk with typewriter L. The desktop was perfect for spreading out all my notes and reference books. The L was a perfect height for working at my computer.
So today we started making do so I could at least get a little work done until I decide on a replacement. Got the old monstrosity out and down the stairs. Rearranged some tables, bookcases, and other odd pieces of furniture to use in the interim. Vacuumed up all the dead spiders. Now the old desk drawers are sitting in my closet until I find a place to empty them into.
I remember when I was working at a Chamber of Commerce many years ago and they decided to undergo a complete office remodeling. The powers that be (were) did not think it necessary to consult the people who actually used the workstations, so what we ended up with was not entirely practical and took a lot of getting used to.
It takes some experimenting to figure out exactly what you do need and how best to arrange it. So I guess I’ll play around a bit longer before I make a decision. But, much as I know it’s long past time to move on, modernize, consolidate, I sorely miss that old desk. Farewell, old friend.