I've never been what you would call a handy person. I can't build things, I have absolutely no patience when it comes to reading instructions, and for many years my tool box held only a butter knife and a meat mallet, both of which worked just fine as substitute screwdriver and hammer, thank you very much.
But this weekend I managed to put together, all by myself, not one, not two, not three, but FOUR flat pack items.
You see, last weekend I went shopping for a new couch, something I'd been needing for a while, and in true Kelliesque fashion I ended up buying a couch, a fridge, a set of drawers, two entertainment units and two side cabinets.
And this, my friends, is why I try to minimise my shopping adventures to once every few years.
Through some smooth talking and a touch of intimidation, I managed to convince all of the places I bought them from to deliver on the same day (a small miracle when it comes to delivery guys, let me tell you), but there was something I hadn't realised when I'd placed my order. The entertainment units and the side cabinets didn't come assembled.
So when the guy delivered them to me in four nicely packed boxes, I have to admit I had a bit of a meltdown. How the hell was I supposed to put them together? I'm not one of those people who can do things like that! That's what handymen and male relatives are for!
But I didn't have either on hand right then, and I really REALLY wanted to finish putting all the furniture in place, so I gave myself a good shake and approach it logically. Surely if I just pulled out the instructions and followed them step by step I'd be fine. I'm a grown up, I should be able to do things like putting together furniture.
And I did! I inserted screws into holes, hammered plugs into gaps, and wielded an allen key like I was a freaking pro! I assembled the hell out of those cabinets!
I'm so proud of myself I can barely stand it!
Now if only these newly discovered skills would translate to things like replacing washers and unblocking drains ... oh well, I guess you can't have everything.