I’ve just moved to a new home! I love the sunlight, the wooden floors, the yard ... but here’s the problem: my new home is half the size of my former apartment, which had an office just off the kitchen. At first, I decided to set up my office in my bedroom. What’s wrong with mixing sleep with romance and work?
That’s when this guy named Ariel Joseph contacted me out-of-the-blue from southern California. Was this a sign? As I read his email: Ariel is a “an alchemist of possibility” who “takes stagnant spaces in people’s homes and minds and transforms them into positive, intentional spaces.” I was guarded. What could I have done to receive the services of an internationally recognized feng-shui expert and did you see those amazingly striking blue eyes? But Ariel was offering me his help.
“No desks in the bedroom!” he wrote to me in an email. “No way! You don’t want anything in your room that doesn’t support relaxation or romance.”
“That being said,” Ariel went on kindly, “You must have an area in your home for everything you want to accomplish in that home. Writing is an essential part of your life, so you must have a place that you can write comfortably.”
Ariel seems to know that I’m the kind of woman who has work boundaries issues. “Just one more blog post,” I often think at midnight, with my laptop in bed. “Just one more email. Another rewrite … it won’t take long!”
His words of wisdom? “Think outside the desk.”
He asked me to think about my office as a “work station.” Hmmm, what do you think?
“This is an area small enough to house their computer and maybe a cuppa joe. You don’t need to house the stapler, the scissors, the pens, the scotch tape … just the bare essentials.”
“You can bring over a basket of files, a folder or two or the small pile of reference books. You can spread out note cards and magazine clippings and have your PDA, water bottle and bowl of cherries for the occasional snack.” I love that idea but unfortunately, I’m not really a minimalist. Somehow, I accumulate a lot of stuff when I’m working.
In the meantime, I’m moving furniture around, as I visualize my ideal workspace. I’m going to send some photos to Ariel this afternoon and get his feedback.
Do tell: Do you have your own workspace in your home? Is it outside your bedroom? Is your bedroom centered around sleep and romance?
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