Staples Canada is hosting a contest, giving us the opportunity to win our wishlist of items we would love to have for a home office, up to $1,000. This contest came along at a perfect time, because I have reached my boiling point with all the chaos and noise around here, and was just starting to draw up plans to soundproof the bathroom and turn the tub into a desk. But they always find me in the bathroom, and Google Hangouts could be awkward with a toilet as a backdrop.
Right now I work at the dining room table, which I thought made a whole lot of sense, given that my fish sticks and chicken nuggets are rarely deemed to be “fancy dining room food.” The problem with that plan is that it’s right above Nerdguy’s office in the basement. He spends most of his days lately on conference calls with Trace Adkins sound-alikes, and it’s impossible to tune them out. When the calls are mercifully over, he comes up to check his personal email on the computer in the living room. His uncontrolled ADHD means that he feels the need to blurt out whatever is on his mind. Just when I get back to my stream of thoughts and start writing, he has a new question or something to tell me. I need a quiet place to write, with a lock on the door, and potentially a moat and dragon.
Our bedroom is ridiculous. It’s huge, but poorly laid out. There is a whole end of it, that is wasted space due to the 3 sets of doors, window, and 2 floor vents around that part of the room. We still have the glider in there that I spent many nights sleeping in with the babies, but now that the babies are 8, the chair is just a docking station for junk. I want to put a desk in there and turn it into my office.
Nerdguy’s meeting is over and now I hear him humming! I need to make this happen.
I have been pinning away on Pinterest, selecting things that will help me turn this clutter catch-all into a productive and pretty workspace. It was really hard to narrow down, but here are my favourites:
I like how the desk has a big surface on it, but doesn’t feel too bulky, and it matches our bedroom furniture. If we make the room look like a fancy hotel suite, maybe a maid and room service will suddenly appear – that whole “if you build it…” concept.
I will try to pretend here that I will actually use the filing cabinet appropriately, but we all know I’m just going to stack papers inside it. I can’t help it. But at least I won’t have to see them!