Doors slamming as the kids bound through the house, barking echoes, and high screeches from the mouths of babes–I mean the eleven year old. There’s plenty more noises where that came from, don’t make me go back in for more.
I could write a 100 page list of all the blessed sounds that rattle my brain, but I think it would have me not appreciating them, which is not my goal here. I love my wonderful family actually, and most other moms would say this is typical.
Sit Down. I Need To Ask You Something, Friend.
- As a writer, where do you go but to the Lord when your position as mom can’t be put on hold?
- Is there a calm in all the blessed chaos that you can claim as a special quiet space to get some words onto the blank page?
Create a calm work space in the blessed chaos. #motherhood #amwriting
There are different types of spaces. I want to talk about the work kind. I’ve been on an organizing kick lately and thought I’d take you on a tour of my personal work space. But first…
5 Ways A Simple Work Space Can Help Writers
- It gives us a sense of ownership and responsibility in our vocations.
- We can take our writing seriously knowing we have a designated space we go to.
- It allows us to get creative and see what works best for us.
- We can use what we have or find new things to add to our space, making it beautiful and useful.
- It allows us to get more organized.
- No longer, letting unruly stacks of papers take over – taking my space seriously has helped my messy desk.
- It helps us to focus.
- Now I am not as distracted by all the chaos. More simple = more clean = brain space.
- It helps us to get into the habit of work.
- Before I had a legit space, I would try to write in various places. Without a specific place and time, writing was always left up to chance. I still use the corner of the couch and outside a lot for writing thoughts on paper, but my work time is typically done in this quiet and sacred space.
My Simple Work Space In Progress
I find little pieces here or there and add them to my work space. Sometimes I make the pieces, but one thing is for sure – I must like it and it must have a use.
So far, the best $20 I’ve spent is this clip on LED lamp. It can move around with me and I even used it while my mom was in the hospital. Amazon has it on sale for only $13 right now.
It comes in handy because it’s so epically bright, so I can work fine while the rest of the house is dark if need be. This mainly came in handy when I was working into the night and my toddler would want in on the fun if she saw any crack of light coming from my room.
Whew, glad that stage is over for both of us.
All but the baskets, these photos are a few months old as you can tell by the bare trees. My husband recently hung up the wire baskets for me so I can keep my official work mail organized. New and Outbound, I shall call them. Yes.
We did this same thing in the kitchen, only we made those baskets. I would typically just use nails to hold up my wall decor, but with moving around a lot, I became good at finding unconventional ways of not putting holes in the wall.
Personally, I prefer to use the heavy duty Command Strips with hooks. These can hold up to three pounds so you don’t have to worry about it falling off. I used Dark Bronze Hammered-Texture spray paint to color my white hooks. This way, they still do the job but match my farmhouse-style baskets.
I couldn’t find this color at the local stores, or online for an affordable price, so the $5 dollars really wasn’t unreasonable because it will last for many projects.
My desk is an old table my dad didn’t want to throw away.
He thought of me, and my love for organization, and had previously mounted it up against a laundry room wall so my basket would be out of reach of the animals.
That was in a rental we lived in last year, and then when we moved into our own home – I got a wild hair to just saw off a couple feet and turn it into a workspace!
It worked out well. I knew the moment I saw the window I would want to work from there. It allows me to see the kids playing from time to time, and it faces the trees. #treelover
Clearly I need to get some GooBeGone. The white residue is left over from the first months of me using my workspace, when I was getting a writing schedule down pat and had sticky notes up for reminders.
That old photo is somewhere on my Instagram. It said #TeaAndWord, #HolleyGerth, and #CrystalStorms! Ah, the memories.
The silver buckets are useful and match my style. I use them to hold stationary here on my desk. I have more in other parts of the house that hold art supplies and various things.
The jars which hold pens and pencils are old food jars that I spray paint. My favorite way is to paint it black, let it dry and then paint it white. After it it dries again, I rub some white off and it gives it one of two looks:
- It gives it a birch tree appearance; bark.
- It gives it an antique/distressed look.
There’s many ways you can take old things and turn them into a style that fits your liking.
I am done with buying things just because they are sold. I try to only grab something if I have been looking for it. And I don’t look often anymore, but relish the slow process of building my home and designing my workspace.
Shopping without a game plan is never good for me anyways.
I either spend when I shouldn’t or I regret the purchase because it wasn’t really what I wanted to begin with. I have definitely had to take back some things after I got them home because I realized it really wasn’t for me.
That was back before this past couple of years, when I was still trying to figure out what I even liked. It takes time, and while I don’t think these are the most important things in life – I do know God loves details and cares about it all.
A Desk With A Purpose
God longs to build us up. He cares about each area of our lives. We can use the tools He has given us to steward the gifts within us wisely, and to bless others.
Let’s build up hearts, lives and spaces for the good. I love Good News. Don’t you?
This picture isn’t the best, I took it real quick before one of my kids came bounding toward me. This is my latest wood project made with my pyrography pen. I used a waterproof gloss over it and a Modge paper/wood glue to hold the pencil and ruler in place. I wanted this for myself but it wasn’t mine to keep. It was a gift for someone so maybe one day I will create another?
I hope you enjoyed the work space tour. Link up below and don’t forget: Guest Writer next week, May 30, 2017 is Sarah Geringer. Join us here for #TeaAndWord where she shares about her writing journey!