I usually schedule my posts ahead of time, but l spent most of last week trying to trim the mounds of paperwork and doing month end reports. And this past weekend, I was possessed by an organizing spirit who demanded that that I get to work on updating and organizing the home office. So I went out to buy a bookcase and an office drawer.
And I learned several things. First never buy furniture when the weather is wonky. It was gloomy when I drove to Ikea and when I came out the earlier drizzle had become a torrent. It felt like someone was throwing down buckets of water as I loaded the furniture into my car. I could barely see anything while I was driving home!
The afternoon was another matter. As I set to work assembling the bookcase and the drawer, the sun broke out, pretending like the earlier storm had not happened at all. Figures. After all the back-breaking assembly, I realized that I picked the wrong office cabinet.
Four drawers looks like a lot of storage, but the drawers are too shallow for folders
The drawers were way too shallow for files and I had ended up halving my office storage instead of doubling it. So the next day, I hired some movers to lug the assembled and very heavy drawers down the stairs and back to Ikea. They waited until I got the replacement and helped me bring the new purchase back up to the office.
As soon as they left, I went to work assembling the new cabinet. I thought it would take me a shorter amount of time to assemble it, since the parts were similar the one I had assembled yesterday. But I was wrong. It took me longer this time, since I had to drive back to Ikea to replace some parts ,and my body was already so sore from yesterday’s efforts that I was slower than ever trying to piece everything together.
Same brand, different model: Filing cabinets have much more space–and this one was cheaper, too
After 3 and a half hours, I finally finished assembling the filing cabinet and went out putting everything in its place.
And I’m still not done. Which is why you won’t see pictures yet.
Once I’m done with everything, I promise I’ll share pictures so you can get ideas for your own home office organizations.
In the meantime, I thought I’d like to share some writing updates.
I finished the current draft for my middle grade novel last Friday! Yay!
Knowing my critique partner Cassie was waiting for my daily chapters really helped me finish on time.
Next up on my list? Rewrites/edits for my YA novel.
And to help me with this new goal, my other critique partners (Jenn, Amanda and Tiffani) and I have started our own version of nano—in which we all try to get some writing done everyday, and update each other via emails on our progress.
It’s amazing how much writing you can get done with the support of amazing writing buddies. Do you have writing buddies, too?
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