Thank you everyone for the hints and tips. It's nice to know that i'm not the only non-neurotypical, poorly organized person out there ;)
Per your suggestions, we strategized, sorta measured and ended up purchasing only one thing that was not on our list (a tall bar table). We ended up going to not only the container store, but ikea (love lingonberry things!!) and REI (for mrchien).
And now mrchien is being an awesome partner and putting things together and sorting stuff. I tried to help, but i had a serious case of the homesick sads, and cried in ikea, so im now useless. I think being in the OC all day finally got to me. Well, that, coupled with being reactive to smog, which is always in SoCal, i just wanted to move back to some place cool and foggy with salty air... sigh. So now mrchien, is just trying to make me feel better. I think he's a keeper. (I know, we're still in the honeymoon phase, but i'm just going to enjoy this for once) And sourdough toast, with chevre and red wine fixes everything :)
Hayu Masi GT!!