Since we moved, I’ve worked hard to get my study into a decent workspace. After all, I run my world from this room *cue maniacal laughter*
I use this space to write my novels, work on my blog, to make lists and to run my business; both the making of items and the more admin side.
So during my hiatus, I spent some time getting my workspace in order, focusing on my most active area – the desk.
Monitor & Stand
I use a separate monitor and keyboard to stop me from hunching over my laptop screen. I prefer a large working screen so got a second-hand monitor (size) and it’s worked great.
I just recently changed out my monitor stand. Your eyes should be in line with the top of the monitor.
My old stand was a dark grey plastic one. It was actually just a touch too low and also, it came from my old job and while it served me well, it had extra space that seemed to gather clutter.
I went with this new clean, stylish wood design. The wood fits well with my desk and brightens up the place a little.
I like it’s more compact design. It fits my monitor and speakers fine with space beneath for my laptop to fit well.
There are these compartments on the right. The bottom is a drawer for smaller pieces and then the top sections are where I keep post-its, my phone, my little cow timer and a mini notepad.
I used to have a large corkboard. After I realised I was just overfilling it with notes and NEVER checking it!
So I bought this lovely memo board from a Christmas market here in Northern Ireland. The creator has an Etsy shop that you can check out here – ButtonHome. It sits at eye line on the wall next to my monitor.
When I get blog ideas or random “need to remember” thought, I pop them here. I also keep my “best times” here as you can see.
And yes, despite doing Self-Assessment tax forms every year for 5 years… I still forget the dates and whether to round up or round down, hence the reminder note! :p
The rule I’ve set is I’m not allowed to overfill this so I have to check it every day and transfer the notes and ideas onto my computer taskmaster.
I’ve worked on computers most of my life and I know how damaging it can be. So I always made sure to have a wrist rest.
This keeps your wrists in line with the keyboard and stops me from getting aching wrists.
This is especially important when I do long-haul writing. It’s a thick foam rest, very comfort.
Cordless Mouse & Keyboard
Since I use a monitor with my laptop, I need a separate keyboard and mouse. Now, I like to keep cords to a minimum so always opt for cordless keyboards and computer mice.
These can be slotted away on my monitor stand when not in use such as when I’m using my desk space for non-computer tasks.
While I would love to have a cordless Printer, I’m currently still using my old but reliable HP deskjet. However, the cable is forever falling down the side of my desk.
So rather than keep jamming it inside my diary to stop it falling, I got a little cable holder so it’s always right in reach.
No more banging my head on the underside of my desk when I go rooting for the cable.
Pens & Stationery
I use these fine nib pens (stored in a dragon plant pot) for noting in my diary, having multiple colours cheers me up.
I use these thicker nibbed pens (stored in my Unicorn mug that I love!!) for when I’m “tabbing” up my novel or making notes for my memo board.
I keep a collection of blank cards, envelopes and stamps on hand for if I needed to fire off a quick card/letter.
These are kept in my wire stationery holder. I also have glue sticks, more coloured pens (you can’t have too many), weigh scales (most of my parcels are very light so I only need a small scales set), ink pad, pencil sharpener and a hole punch.
All these and the Sticky tape dispenser and stapler are always close by for when I’m sorting orders for my shop.
I have a thing for collecting stones. I am very sensory when it comes to touch and textures, so when we go to our nearby beach and I find a stone I like, I bring it home. My house is turning into a stone hotel. 🙂
You’ll find my collection in plant pots, on bookcases, on my desk, beside my bed. These three are always on my desk, I even use them as paperweights.
I never got hooked on the Funko Pops, which is good because I collect enough things. However, there are some I had to get. Two of them sit on my desk.
Smaug the dragon from The Hobbit. He usually sits on my printer but I couldn’t get a good photo of him there.
The other Funko Pop that sits on my desk is Stitch from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. He sits next to my speaker on my monitor stand.
I also have a few of my mini pottery pieces that I made a few years ago. Many I sold, but I did keep a handful. My little grey Witch and my mini rhino are the two that sit on my desk.
These small items just add a playful touch to my workspace.
The end of my desk is designated for “The Pile”. This is the current working stack of papers. I don’t use a tray because I am never motivated to empty it.
Having a piece of desk given to the pile makes me want to clear through it. I view it more as clutter and I get through it.
It does have a habit of growing faster than I like, but I’m getting better at sorting through it.
In every house, I’ve always made sure my desk was near a window and this house is no different. I like natural light.
Unfortunately, my room gets too bright in the morning, so I have a light muslin curtain which still lets a lot of light through.
My room has two windows so I can keep my room cool by opening the one further away and not have to deal with my papers being blown everywhere.
I also have this special reflective film that keeps my room from overheating in the summer and reduces the UV rays which helps stop things from getting shaded from the sun.
I finally got myself a new chair. The old one I had served me well, but was well over 20 years old and needed extra cushions to make it comfy.
So I treated myself to this ergonomic chair from IKEA, with a headrest, thick cushioning and a snazzy style.
This has made such a difference. It keeps me sitting up straight, supports my lower spine and feels nice and sturdy.
The only issue I have now is that the carpet in my room is SO thick, the damn thing won’t roll.
Hope you enjoyed this little tour around my Writing Space.