I spent most of today cleaning my office. I've tried before, with various levels of success, to make my office a comfortable, efficient workspace. Today I was ruthless. I threw things out, I put things in a pile for charity. When that made very little difference, I began moving things out.
I don't live in a large house, but I do have a lot of hobbies that all need homes. Today, I moved out of my office:
- One bookcase (on wheels)
- One sewing cabinet with various machines and accessories
- Six large plastic tubs of papers, sheet music, wool, paint and other art supplies.
Still left in the room: four bookcases, one small sewing cabinet with vintage sewing machine, two four-drawer filing cabinets, large desk with hutch and return.
I haven't touched my desk yet so it's still piled with books and papers, a few skeins of wool, a set of charcoal pencils, a set of watercolour pencils, a carpenter's rule, several different screwdrivers, a stapler and a glue gun. Those are the basics. There are tubs and containers for pens, highlighters, notepads, blank paper, graph paper, etc.
Three essential things on my desk are:
- A purple unicorn. My daughter painted the model when she was in school and gave it to me because she knew I’d love it.
- A stack of dictionaries and thesauri. I use online dictionaries and thesauri a lot, but I also have my print editions. There’s an old one from the 1960s that has a lot of words in it that modern dictionaries don’t. It’s really useful when I write historical stories. I also have a rhyming dictionary for when I write poetry or songs for my books.
- A calendar. I keep track of my day-to-day appointments etc on my phone. The paper one is primarily to keep track of when I’ve paid particular recurring bills so I don’t have to go online and check that I’ve done it. I also write other reminders to myself for things I need to do while I’m at the computer. The calendar is the first thing I check when I sit down at my desk so I know if there’s anything I need to do before I begin writing. It also has images. Last year’s calendar was Dr Who in cartoon form. This year’s is Floriade, a spring festival in Canberra, so I’ll have lots of photos of tulips to look at.