The Office Day 8: A Plan Would Be Good
So after the plague and the blizzard and the major surgery on my dog and the decoupaged door in pink, it’s time to get serious about the office. It’s time to figure out what I need in there besides a pink door, it’s time to make a PLAN.
First of all, I have to recognize that I don’t do file cabinets. Even if I set them up, if I file something it’s gone forever because I never open the cabinet again, and if I don’t file something, it’s gone forever because I lose it in the mess. Also I hate filing cabinets. Basically, I need to see my work there in front of me or I’ll forget where I put it and that it exists, so my solution is clipboards. I love clipboards. Really, they’re just giant binder clips, and we all know how I feel about binder clips.
So from now on I’m going to sort all my Work In Progress papers on clipboards, of which I have many, all in bright colors, and of which I just made two more from $3 Walmart clear clip boards using the duvet fabric. My god, there’s miles of that fabric. I hung the clipboards on the narrow side walls which aren’t any good for anything else anyway.
Then there are my tools: pens, pencils, scissors, markers, all sitting in a plastic organizer on my very small desk. I need to get that stuff off my work space, but it has to be close at hand. Then the other day I was in a discount store and saw this beat-up plant hanger thingy on clearance, and I had a Eureka moment: hang it on the wall, put glasses in the metal circles, and fill the glasses with all my tools, which would be at hand but not on the desk. Except that didn’t really work, so I took the whole thing apart and just used the metal hangers: one was perfect for the door and the other for the space under the light.
I added one shelf over the door to make the entry look more impressive and to hold my storage boxes (camera equipment, collage tools and supplies, etc.) and I mod podged a switch plate for when my contractor gets around to fixing that weird switch layout, and now I have a filing and storage wall with a door to the garage and some corkboard, too. Bonus: I found my tax stuff in the mess on the desk. It’s on a clipboard now.
Now all I have to do is the same thing on the other side with the opening to the kitchen, and the office is half finished. Okay, the other two walls are a lot more complicated but still, four walls, one mostly done. I’m very proud.