New Year, New Home Office
My home office has pretty much been non-existent. My laptop is usually perched on the breakfast bar, my files in a bag in the corner, everything else is scattered throughout the house and car.
I recently read a post by Lenn Harley. It was actually a reblog, and if I could find it again, I'd share it with you. Anywho.... It inspired me to finally create a space that was mine, just for work. The good news for me, is that we currently have 3 rooms in our home that noone ever uses. Make that 2 rooms.... Tanner's new Drum Set took over one of those rooms.
We have a formal dining room that is home to a china cabinet, a buffet, and a table. We have lived in our home for 6 years, and we have eaten in that room ONCE! That's right.... ONCE! So, the room is now mine. I was so excited to create my "office" that I took the Christmas Tree down yesterday, and put all the decorations away. I cleaned and scubbed the windows, the baseboards, the floors. I took the china out of the cabinet (never used the china either), boxed it up and am now storing it in the kitchen. The china cabinet is now home to all of my office supplies. I know I should probably just get rid of the China, but I love it, so..... For now, it remains!
I still have a lot of work to do. Bring the filing cabinet (that I bought specifically for a home office) home and fill it with the paperwork that is crammed in baskets (lots of which I am sure can go in the garbage). I still need to roam around the house and collect the items that I use all the time, and help them find a place in the room. I must convince Layla, my dog, that there are 2532 more square feet in the house that she can choose from since I stole her favorite "spot" to place my computer table.
So, I still have a little more work to do, but I am ready for 2012. I cannot wait to take a business call and NOT sit on the foot of my bed with my phone & laptop and a scrap piece of paper. I cannot wait to be in need of a Working with Realtors brochure and not have to ramsack the car or worse, drive to the office to pick one up. I cannot wait to need an inkpen and very easily reach over the desk in my new home office to have my choice, and I will use that pen to write on the notepad that rests on my desk and not on the back of a receipt I found tossed on the dresser. When I need to print a contract and my printer runs out of paper.... There will be no need to run to another room to get paper, It will be right there!
Life is too short to waste time, and now that I am setting up my home office, I realize just how much time I have been wasting by not being prepared. Shame on me!
My goal for 2012 is to not work harder, but smarter! I will start by finishing that home office and using it!