Jan 26

Staging Areas

This blog post has been dinging around in my brain for a few weeks.  I figure it is time to get it out.  In essence, my mind has been a staging area for this post.  Let me explain.

For the past few months, construction has been going on in my office building.  As I write that, I realize that construction always seems to be going on in my office building.  As soon as the peeps who do this work finish one project, they start the next.  They are constantly painting the walls new colors (by the way – if the outside of a building has green accents, why would you paint the interior hallway walls a deep, dusk blue?), changing the carpeting, and even removing the beautiful flooring. Project after project – I hear them washing down the walls next to my office, I step around their equipment in the hallways, and I talk to the workers to find out what is going on next (it was super cool to learn about the windows for walls in the office suite across the hall from mine before anyone else!).

Last week, as I walked out to the parking garage, I saw a bunch of stuff sitting in the empty suite next to ours.  I tried the door to see if I could get a picture, but the door was locked.  The next day, though, on my way in to work, the door was unlocked. I looked around and found that I was alone in the hall, so I quickly stepped into the room and snapped a few photos.

You see, I have been super intrigued by this staging area and the other ones throughout the building.  There is so much stuff that goes into construction and remodeling…paint, carpeting tarps, tools (I do not know what any of them are called, but I do know the category!), and scaffolding.  At the end of the work day, these cannot be left out while at the same time what a pain to have to drag them in and out again.  The staging areas are necessary.

And this, of course, got me thinking about other staging areas that we have – and ones that we do not have but should.  For example, I have a staging area for the doing the tax preparation each year.  It is my dining room table, and you should not come to visit on that day.  I tend to take a day off from work or commit a Saturday to this task.  It takes up the whole table, all eight of the chairs, and often overflows to the couches and piano.  Once I complete the task, I tear down the staging area and move.

Another great example of this is our laundry room which has the same square footage as our kitchen. Imagine what people in other country’s must thing when they read that!  I have dedicated a room – larger than any of bedrooms, I might add – to such a lowly task as washing my clothing!  When we lived in Scotland, our laundry facility included only one machine – a washer/dryer combo.  Let’s be honest, though, it did not truly dry much of anything.  Drying racks took over my bedroom whenever it was laundry day.  I miss Scotland, but the laundry drill is not part of the missing.

But what things should have a staging area but do not?  This is what has kept me from writing the post until today.  I know that I have things in my life that do require staging areas – spots set apart for specific tasks that require my time and attention.  And to be honest, I do not want to admit them to the world by writing them or even saying them out loud.  Having a staging area means that there is a commitment of space and time.  There are plenty of things in my life that should have a staging area but do not.

And today I intend to have a great think about this. If I forget, I will be reminded of it again as I walk past the staging area in my office building.  Perhaps the construction going on inside of the office building will end when I no longer require the construction on the inside of me.

I think the office building might be complete before I am!

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