While I lived in Guelph, I used a huge desk I purchased when I ran a small business earlier in my career. The faux granite top was lovely. Sadly, I barely saw it in my home office. The files from my various interests and activities constantly multiplied and covered it.
I left the monster desk behind when I moved to Vancouver, determined that I would get a much smaller desk surface and discipline myself to work on one file at a time. I would keep the rest stored until it was their “turn.”
In my place in Vancouver, a tiny den becomes my guest room when I have an overnight visitor and my office when I am on my own. I purchased a small futon that opens into a single bed for one side and tucked my little TV and its stand in one corner of the other. The desk would go in the area by the window. I figured something sixteen by thirty inches would fit.
When I went shopping, I discovered nobody makes desks that small. So I bought a little table that has a drawer for supplies. I used the table as a desk a few times but became frustrated when files started to accumulate on the futon.
My laptop computer soon found its way to the far end of the dining room table — a piece made of wide reclaimed boards, large enough to accommodate six chairs. The surface provided lots of space for me to eat at the other end.
As I write this blog entry, I survey the piles of files lining the opposite side of my dining room table, each related to a different interest: the community garden, the clown workshop I am promoting later in July, my finances, the vacation I plan to take soon, and the supplies I need for personal correspondence. The space to my left is reserved for my to-do list and my immediate task. The space to my far left was where I ate until recently. It now houses the supplements and pills I intend to sort into containers in preparation for my trip.
Not much has changed since I moved from Guelph. I love to have several projects on the go and ready access to my files.
I plan to eat lunch soon. I’m going to use the little table by the window in the den.