Last week, I finally moved a sofa bed out of my home office. For almost a year, I have tried to work around it or make it useful in some way, but it really needed to be in another room. It simply didn’t serve any meaningful purpose in my office. I had delayed moving it because I was afraid it would be a huge inconvenience to get it out of the room. However, I was pleasantly surprised when 2 men from my church quickly removed the bedroom door, brought in a dolly, and moved the bulky couch to another room in less than 30 minutes!
That decision set the stage for refreshing my office! I used the reclaimed space for a new 6 ft. table and an old file cabinet that was in my garage. (I had moved it out of the closet when I installed shelves earlier in the year.) I added a new 4 ft. table to form an L-shaped work area. (The folding tables are from www.lifetime.com and were purchased at Lowes. They are sturdy, yet lightweight, and could be used for parties or holidays if necessary!)
And now…I love it! It really looks like an office! Plus, it is so much more efficient! I use the smaller table for my laptop, printer, and calculator. I use the larger table as my dedicated daily work area—it gives me plenty of space for books, papers, and notes. At the end of the day, I put everything away so that the clear table top area is waiting for me each new day. It welcomes me to start working! With the printer on the left and the calculator on the right, I can easily reach either one without getting out of my chair.
On the opposite side of the room, I have repurposed a long dresser as a supply cabinet. I had removed all the drawers so it would be easy to move out of the way. I took the time to look at the stuff in each drawer and to purge some unnecessary items before putting them back in the dresser. I even got rid of some newspaper clippings from 2004—yikes! I’m most excited to designate the top of the dresser as my own project runway. First in line is my Week @ a Glance Planner, then the projects that I need to work on for the week. As I enter the room, I can easily see what needs to be done. Each pile has whatever I need to complete that task. All I need to do is pick it up and move over to the clear open table and get busy! I think it looks like planes ready for take-off! At the end of the week, it should be empty!
My file cabinet reflects 4 business priorities—organizing clients, speaking, writing, and education. The bottom education drawer is for notes from books or webinars. This keeps similar things together and eliminates a lot of random piles of papers. I can quickly find or put away papers. If it doesn’t fit in one of those drawers, then maybe I don’t need it in my office!
Above the work table are two shelves. One holds plastic totes for future projects. I put notes, books, or visual aids in each one so that I have resources to work with when it actually gets moved to the runway. Above that shelf is my collection of organizing and business books that is my personal reference library. Remember when I wrote about reading one book per week in 2014? Well, I have continued doing that in 2015 too! This habit refreshes my mind and motivates my spirit!
I even removed the cute nursery curtains I put up when my sweet granddaughter Briony was born 2 years ago. At the time, it seemed like a logical thing to do, even though she lives in another state! I replaced them with some pretty lace valances from my curtain bin in the garage. I have used these at 3 or 4 other houses and it makes me smile to use them again. They are probably at least 20 years old, but still in great condition. I moved a lamp (which started out in my daughter’s room about 15 years ago) to the skinny space between the table and the file cabinet. Then I placed a favorite plant (which I used to have by my desk when I worked at a public library) on top of the file cabinet. It just seems perfect!
As for the couch, it has a new home in my living room. There is space there because I decided to pass along 2 large recliners to someone else who needs them more that I do. That sounds like one of those purging questions we talked about in another blog!
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