Yesterday, I mentioned how changing one thing in the house can lead to changing others. Well, I am proof positive about that philosophy. It started out yesterday with taking 6 little plastic eggs out of a candy dish. I decided that my office was in need of a major change. Let me explain....
When we moved in, I placed my desk in front of the window so I could have a see outside while I was working. Not one of my better ideas. It appears that the sun comes around the corner of that end of the house around 11:30 and stays until it is almost time for it to go down.
Now I love sunlight, don't get me wrong. But not when it is coming through a set of tall double windows and beating right down on my desk and in my face. I hung mini blinds and a friend loaned me a set of heavy backed drapes to help reduce the glare and heat. It didn't work.
As the sun would come around the corner, I would have to close the blinds and shut the drapes and you could still see and feel the heat of the sun through the window. Everyday, I would end up with a fan on....even when it was 30 degrees outside this winter. I thought, "What is the sense of having my desk in front of the window if I never opened the curtains?" But I didn't really want to move the desk and then NOT like where I moved it to.
So I came up with a new solution. As you know, I'm wanting a bigger desk anyway. Well, I have a craft table that wasn't being used for anything except to catch clutter in the office. So I decided to move my laptop and work area over to the table until I can get a bigger desk.
Turns out that I ended up doing more than that. I moved my trays and papers with my laptop over to the table as a desk. That is where I will do all my work for my company. I did have to move my printer as well so it would be by the computer. Here is how it ended up. I still need to get it a little more organized, but you can see where I'm headed.
I love the way my pink storage bins fit in the printer stand. One holds some odd and end craft supplies and the other holds printer paper, card stock, labels, etc. The little Rubbermaid chest is going to get cleaned out this week and that will serve as my "desk drawers" for now until I can find a full size desk I want.
Then I had to figure out what to do with the little student desk, because I needed to keep it for the drawer space. Inspiration hit. I am an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One. Every time I work on my Thirty-One business, I have to move all my other stuff out of the way and pull out the Thirty-One stuff. So I created a desk area just for my Thirty-One business. I always work on it either first thing early morning or in the evening after the sun is down, so it can stay at the window and I can work there without burning up. I put my catalogs in the little basket my daughter gave me (or rather, the one I begged her for) The Thirty One Organizing Utility tote holds my Thirty-One files and paper work. It is easily accessible on the desk, and I am able to pick it up and take it with me to parties. I had to make do with what I had for that desk, but I see a trip to Staples in my future. (Please disregard the way the drapes hang. They are too long for the windows, but since I am returning them when I find new ones, I didn't want to hem them. She needs them the length they are.)
I had a little black chest that I used for craft supplies. I put the printer where it used to be, so I moved it to where the printer had been. I love the resulting look.
By the way, check out my little blue fan on the bottom shelf behind the tea cup. I love it. There is new scrapbook material that looks like lace doilies and I made the fan out of that. Maybe I could do a tutorial some day and pin it to Pinterest.
I wish I had taken some before pictures, but when the idea to move things around hit me, I just jumped right in and started working....forgot all about pics for a blog post. GASP! That isn't like me at all.
Would love to hear about any changes or rearranging you have been doing.