Okay, internets, ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?! If so, too bad, because we’re just doing some pictures from my house today.
Why? Because I love, love, love seeing where other people write, and didn’t think I could get folks to ante up if I didn’t post a few shots of my own. So here is my office:
Our house isn’t all that big, but we decided it would be worth sacrificing the dining room for me to use as an office. I’m so grateful to have that space to pay the bills, keep track of finances, plan homeschool, write, and other desk work.
You can see that I have decorated my space with one-of-a-kind pieces commissioned from local artists:
Here is the view from my chair (bonus points if you can spot the Office Space reference):
The orange index card on the laptop stand was one of my last word count goals; I also use that space for inspirational quotes, pictures of saints, or a word of the year.
To the right I have a view of pictures of two of my favorite authors, Thomas Merton and Pope Benedict XVI. (It’s worth noting that those two pictures were Christmas gifts from my husband. They made wonderful, simple presents.)
One of the things that helps keep my area from descending into chaos is having a “To Go to Other Parts of the House” basket, where I can toss things that don’t belong in this space.
Another handy setup is that I have boxes on the shelves behind me for common items that I need to move from my desk (the tops are always off, thanks to the tips from Organizing Solutions for People with ADD). I can reach them without having to stand up, which helps me get organized quickly.
The four main boxes are for greeting cards, kids’ art, family mementos, and letters from you all! I often don’t have time to do something special with these items like I want to, so it gives me peace of mind to know that they’re stored in a safe place for now. Also, sometimes authors and musicians kindly send me their latest products. After I check them out I put them in that blue bin, labeled “media to review,” so that they don’t get lost in the craziness of our house.
So that’s my office. I am now going to post a linky list and sit riveted in front of my computer, waiting for someone else to come give me a tour of their writing space.