Desk Makeover

You may or may not know that I recently quit my day job. I stopped working at the coffee shop at the beginning of November to devote myself more to Tiny Dino Studios and to finally give myself time to write. It was a big step, and really, really, scary, but so far, I am so glad I did it.

I have a lot of little adjustments to make. Scheduling my day so that I make a dent in my to-do list while still making time for family, food, and exercise is more challenging than I thought it would be. On the other hand, I haven’t really taken a day off since I returned from shepherding camp. Working in my home is challenging, because the kitchen is always a mess, because I am either dyeing or cooking (not at the same time mind you), which happen to be two of my favorite things to do.

And then there is the problem of my desk.

I live in a pretty small apartment, and all of the bedrooms are full of people’s beds. There is no space for a proper office, so my desk is shoved in the corner of the living room, right next to the dining room. After a busy summer of working overtime at the former day job and an autumn full of trying to prepare for trips and future self-unemployment, my desk was kind of ignored. It became a paper-catcher.

Here’s the embarrassing state of my desk when I arrived home from shepherding camp.


(Did I mention that my desk is in a dark corner of the living room?)

I mean, I have the coolest desk ever. It’s a vintage diner table I bought from a local antique mall with the money I got from selling an almost new iPod. (One of my more enlightened decisions. I love my Zune HD.) Anyhow, it’s a really cool piece, it looks I stole it from Luke’s Diner on Gilmore Girls. The red vinyl office chairs was a side of the road find, and it’s my preferred spinning chair. (My spinning wheel is just off camera, hence the prominence of the lazy kate.) I like being able to switch from computer work to spinning at the drop of a hat. However, you may have noticed that there is no computer on my desk. I mean, I have a pretty portable laptop, it could be buried under that mess of notebooks, but it’s not. At the time I took this picture my laptop was living on the coffee table and I was doing all my writing and etsy updating from the sofa–not bad in theory, but I didn’t get much work done due to the falling asleep on the big comfy sofa all the time.

Obviously, if I was going to work from home I needed to do some major clean up and organization work.

Step One: Get rid of all the junk mail, old office supplies, and pens that don’t work anymore.



Step Two: Find a home for the important things that were buried by the clutter
Step Three: Put together cute little shelf from Target
Step Four: Organize

A clean workspace


Notebooks and go-to books on the side table along with the lazy kate and extra bobbins


Fiber in cubbies, ready for emergency spinning and knitting needs, but off the table top


Tissue paper for shipping and a laughing Buddha


All ugly office supplies stored in bright pink boxes and a pink mug from the kitchen for pens.


Spinning wheel and freshly dyed fiber conveniently placed


And hey! There’s room for the computer and a little extra space to work!

I love my new workspace. The white shelf and pink accessories brighten up a dark corner and cheer me up while I work (and it only cost $20). I love being able to see my bright white table top. The coolest part of this table is that I can write myself messages right on the top with a dry erase marker. My whole desk is a post it.

What spaces have you made your own?

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