My amazing workspace

I’m trying, with varying degrees of success, to run my own business from home designing and putting together tapestry kits using my own original designs. Unfortunately, I do not possess all of the prerequisite skills; organisation, planning and focus being just some of the areas in which I find myself wanting.

Whilst I have managed to overcome the butterfly-like tendencies of my mind in order to achieve some end products, no sense of order has emerged miraculously of its own accord, as I had hoped. If I was feeling generous, I could put this down to my ‘artistic temperament’, but in reality my lack of any designated workspace to call my own is partly to blame.

Instead, I shoehorn myself into small areas, whenever I find them unoccupied by the various cats and humans with which I share my home. The spaces I do have are as follows:

1. Behind our bedroom door.

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This is my filing cabinet and storage unit. Chic, isn’t it? Cunningly secreted behind the bedroom door, it is yet to be discovered by modern civilisation (the kids). So far, so good.

2. The ‘desk’ in the living room

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Occasionally, I find it necessary to use my long-suffering sewing machine to make up a cushion cover or two for display purposes. In these instances, I efficiently* relocate the play table, five or six boxes of lego, a pile of old copies of Cbeebies magazine and about 78 children’s books in different states of repair/digestion, move a chair into the well of the desk, and plug the old boy in.
*This process is not particularly efficient.
I then simply* retrieve my pins, ruler, iron, ironing board, and various other necessary paraphernalia from their random locations around the house (locations 3-6), sit down and away I go.
*This process is certainly not remotely simple.

Bob’s your uncle.

3. Ironing board – down the side of the fridge. Relatively normal, no?

4. Stuff, including ruler, in booze cupboard. Who says accurate measurement and wine are not natural bedfellows? Anyway, by the time I have shlepped all over the house getting the things I need, I have worked up a thirst.

5. Under the stairs. Perfect organisation makes for an easier life. Apparently.Β To retrieve my iron from the farthest corner of this perfectly organised* under stairs cupboard, I simply* turn myself into a human cantilever. This manoeuvre is made slightly more high octane whenever it is employed for the task of getting some hot food out of the microwave, conveniently placed* at the opposite farthest corner. But that is another blog post.
*none of these descriptionsΒ are accurate.

6. Meter cupboard. Home to the lecky meter and not to the 1960’s New Orleans funk band, but I can see how you might have got confused. The Meters could have thrown together some pretty awesome stagewear in there, as it is also my makeshift haberdashery – pins, bondaweb, fabric, yarn, webbing et al. Luckily, there is a kiddy safe thinger on it – that’s all that holds it shut.

7. Shelf in the living room

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I am challenging our floating shelves to stay afloat with this unwisely heavy load. Here, out of paw’s reach, is where I keep my stash of partial wool skeins which I use for trying out ideas, alongside a load of other stuff which I’m dubious as to why I have kept at all (a flattened-out Colgate box, for example).

8. The craft basket

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I have instigated a craft basket in the living room, containing some reference books and resources, where I can pop my current stitching project whenever something more pressing comes up (which is almost always). This, more often than not, is commandeered by everyone else in the house for the storage of the remote control, toys, the missing piece of the puzzle (literally, not metaphorically), a snack we plan to return to at a later date… Juno is the only one who leaves this pretty well alone, showing uncharacteristic self-control, for a cat.

I estimate that about 30% of the time I have available to devote to my business is spent on tasks such as removing the layers of stuff that lie between the equipment I require and the current geological era, trying to remember where I put that thing last Monday and then putting it all away again, usually before I’ve actually finished what I was doing.

If by any chance you are a millionaire looking for an act of benevolence to carry out today, please buy us a bigger house. I’ll pay you back! After all, I like to delude myself that all that stands between me and world tapestry domination is another bedroom or two! And maybe some basic organisational skills. If you have any tips, I would love to hear them πŸ™‚

 

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34 thoughts on “My amazing workspace

  1. Do you think you get less done because of not having a permanent space for everything? I only ask because sometimes in the evenings I am tired and can’t find the energy to turn on the laptop, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to have to get more things set up! x

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    1. It definitely eats up time getting things set up… Also, I think sometimes physically being in a space you have designated to work and no other purpose does help you get your head set right, if you know what I mean? πŸ™‚ x

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    1. I had an impression that in Australia everyone had more space – this impression comes from watching about two episodes of one show on the BBC where people move from the UK to Australia, and they commented on the spaciousness. This is not really a big enough statistical sample upon which to base my impressions, obviously! πŸ™‚ x

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      1. Well, Australia has shitloads of space. Out in the wild, just not in our houses :). Stupid builders that don’t think properly before building houses over here! Yeah, you are probably not watching the most reliable source for ‘Australian Facts’ πŸ™‚

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  2. I’m pretty bad too. ‘A place for everything and everything in it’s place’ is a motto I often try and fail to live by. I find that no one takes care of anything if things aren’t quite tidy to begin with. Maybe try and find a designated spot for your stuff and pinterest some clever storage solutions. De-cluttering is always helpful too. Good luck!

    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

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  3. A work place is important but I do find myself wandering about the house, just looking for some quiet time as our study/office is not necessarily the quietest. I love your hidey places! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything and good luck!

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  4. Oh I understand you pretty well!! My flat is so tiny and I don’t have any free space anymore for more things!! It is just so annoying. I’m normally very tidy and organised but lately it is just an impossible task especially when you have small children around. I need to find a better solution to have things more organised!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy to have you again this week. πŸ™‚ xx

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  5. Don’t worry we are similar in our house too. Currently storing loo roll, bottles of water and crisps in an (unused) shower. Any time I try to get organised it’s undone within hours. I think the iron / fridge thing is a popular storage option!
    #TheList

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  6. Oh my gosh organisation is the bain of my life at the moment! To be fair though I think bigger house equals more stuff so more clutter anyway! Let’s just be minimalist from now on πŸ˜‰ thanks for linking to #thelist

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  7. I am so pleased that someone else uses my work organisation system! I say bollocks to all these posts of everyone’s beautiful, stylish organised workspaces & offices – we’re being creative (with the use of space that is, we’d be being creative in other respects too if we could find any of our stuff, of course)!

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