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I randomly found my first lovebot this week while walking home from my girlfriend’s place. I had read about them back in August on blogto.com but only just got to see one in person. Sure I could have looked up one of the 100 sites conveniently located on the project’s website but where’s the fun in that?!

I feel like one of the joy’s in public art projects is the random sightings, the exact feeling that I had Tuesday evening around 11:45pm. While I could have caught a cab or a street car home on this crisp cool fall evening I chose to walk the 25min trek and had my own chance encounter.

Matthew Del Dagan and Rodger Beck developed the 2’-0” tall, 250lb sculptures as a dialogue on kindness. Stemming from the notion that Torontonians can appear to move through the city like robots, perceptible extensions of the cold concrete under foot. But through shared stories we communicate our acts of love and develop our community.

Each little robot’s heart is died a bright colour and sits proud of his chest, contrasting against their concrete construction. It acts like a little love push button inviting those passing by to interact and share. This opportunity is granted on the website where an open submission allows us to share a love story or a story of love, which are being curated and potentially linked to a specific bot.

I love love lovebot this project!

mission: organize closet

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I am notoriously known in my family as the pack rat, a fact which is hard to deny when faced with relocating every year or two. I have moved so often that Outkast is serenading me, “I like the waaay you move (Whoo-o-o!).

On moving day eve I could be found stashing every single person item I owned into large plastic bins and proudly decorating the exterior with my oversized initials and some curvy floral decal. Only to suffer through the following day as my family trudged bin after bin to and from the houses asking me “How do you have so much stuff?”

This legacy of stuff and frequent moving followed me up until the recent purchase of my first home. One would think that with so much moving personal possessions should dwindle leaving true necessities. However I am not a hasty packer and with each move I remember turning back to take one last glance and feeling extremely proud that I had not left a single personal item behind. Well done I’d think to myself, well done.

As an adult and a home owner I have gotten better…better at parting, better at evaluating and better at organizing. I still have a ton of stuff but I have evolved; A fact which was validated when my best friend came to visit and complimented me on my lack of clutter. Success.  I smirked because what I’ve also learned is how to best disguise it and so I wanted share my recent closet reorganization project.

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I have a large storage closet located within the foyer of my apartment and after clearing everything out into my dining area I measured and created a plan.

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Then came the task of researching storage organization to suit the small space and which would maximize the height. I found some industrial shelving options on craigslist that came in both 24” and 36” widths, which would allow for one unit along the back wall and one unit on the left wall. But the only depth available was 19” and would have drastically impeded on manoeuvring and accessibility in the space.

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U-line was my second consideration as they carry wire shelving in the appropriate 24” and 36” width options and a more manageable 12” depth. I was ready to commit as I filled up my online cart until I reached check-out and faced with a $323 subtotal plus applicable taxes and delivery fees. I briefly considered opting to pick-up at the Brampton location but more rationally decided to peruse the IKEA website first.

IKEA carries a similar wire shelf system called “Omar”. It is offered at a 14-1/8”d as one 36”h unit or as two units which when purchased can be stacked to reach a taller 72-1/2”h. The only restriction for my project was the width which came in the single option of 36”w. However at $99.98, the price was right and I made the choice to sacrifice the 24” wide shelved along the back wall in favour of an area to stack plastic bins.

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The end result is a well organize space that while full of stuff is neatly hidden away and easily accessed when needed.

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That is progress in my adult world!

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