Do you ever wonder about the blogger as you read a blog post? For instance, do you ever wonder where I am when I’m working on this blog, or what my workspace might look like? I wonder those kinds of things all the time, and one of my favorite types of posts is a blogger sharing their home or workplace! I really enjoy seeing them in their element!
Well, Emma from WeWork contacted me last week and asked me to share a bit about my workspace! (WeWork is a co-working company with tons of resources for small businesses! Being the owner of a small business, I can appreciate that they offer everything from access to investors and conference rooms to production suites and lounges. If you don’t have a home office, or even if you do, and you need something more advanced…WeWork is for you! What an innovation!)
Funny, as much as I enjoy seeing that kind of thing from other bloggers, it never entered my mind to do it for my readers myself! So I took Emma up on her suggestion – may I present to you all, my home office…
You’ll probably notice one particular thing right off the bat: we like Coke. Actually, it’s my husband who likes Coke and collects the Coke stuff – I just thought a neat place for us to display all of it was in the office! And since my photography business stuff is all black and white, the red goes with it nicely!
On the left…
…you’ll see the music area of the office. Both my hubby and I sing, and the stacks of CD’s (and yes, even cassette tapes) you see are soundtracks. So many soundtracks.
We use the keyboard to pick out parts for songs we’re working on, and if I’m feeling stressed, I can normally be found just sitting at the keyboard, playing and singing.
Naturally, since we’re in here often, Taffy the white doggy is, too.
In fact, she’s in this bed behind me right now as I’m finishing this post! She refuses to go to bed (in her actual bed in our bedroom) until I go to bed, so many an evening she spends curled up right here!
The wall above the keyboard is totally empty right now – I plan on adding some display shelves and putting some Coke memorabilia interspersed with some of my photographs there soon, but for now, these have a prominent space in the office, for sure!
And here’s where I’m typing to you from right now!
Well, right HERE, to be exact!
Always with something to drink (on a Coke coaster, of course!) a photo from our wedding day, the lovely MacBook that has really taken a beating (sooner rather than later, there will be a brand new iMac on the desk!), my inboxes and the phone for easy access. (When I’m really hard at work, this scene would include my iPad playing something riveting on Netflix!)
My inboxes are a huge part of my organization in the office.
And look, the top one is EMPTY!!! That means that, when I took this photo, I didn’t have any projects that needed working on immediately. The ones you see in the bottom are on-going, or I’m waiting on a collaborator to respond on. LOVE seeing that top tray empty!
Another great organization tool is…
Since our desk doesn’t have any storage space, ta-dah!
The jars on the left are full of receipts. We itemize our taxes, and when you have two adults who file jointly, and one of them has two jobs and the other one has three…well. You need all the jars you can get!
The bins hold all things office supplies.
Something I need to fix is this:
Probably a fire hazard waiting to happen. I have several solutions in mind, I just haven’t gotten around to actually taking care of the situation yet.
And something else…
Everything looks kind of mis-matched from this angle, right? We don’t have many books left, but we have a few that are special – signed copies, or full of notes, or ones that have been passed down through the family. And then there’s the filing cabinet: top drawer is my hubby’s, middle is the household files and bottom is mine. The plan is to replace both pieces with a wide filing cabinet that will sit flush against the wall. This one sits out a bit too far, which isn’t preferable, but it’s a good cabinet and it’s what we had, and we believe that, if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it! (Or don’t buy something else that you don’t need until you’ve sold the one you want to replace, ha!)
I DO have to point out that the framed print above the filing cabinet is the paperwork on the star my hubby had named for me when we first started dating. It doesn’t match too well, but I wanted it out all the same!
But one of the most fantastic things about our office is right here:
What a closet! Full of photo props and equipment, more office supplies and products to review! It’s fairly organized, but it’s still nice to be able to close the doors, right?
In fact, the entire office stays just about this clean most of the time (I work best in cleanliness and order) but sometimes not so much, and it’s nice to be able to close the door on the entire room if need be!
So that’s the office! Here are the things I’m wanting to add this year:
And I don’t think I have room for something like this, but I sure would LOVE to add it!
So there you have it! Do YOU have a home office? What does it look like?
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