What will I need in my future dream office? What does a blogger/artist need?
Quite frankly, I think they are beyond help.
But So Not Niche could flourish. Therefore, I had to start making lists. And the ultimate list (besides the one headed "Things I Have to Do In Order to Find My Desk Under The Junk Pile") was the one where I jotted down all the things I would need to buy.
I'm much more enthusiastic about money coming in rather than going out. So my "future needs" list went through more revisions and edits than most of my articles.
What does a writer really need? I managed to come up with these 6 things that are definitely (maybe) a necessity:
The 6 Things My New Office Will Need
1. A Printer
These things come in handy. Like, if you want to print anything.
2. A Desk Chair
I've been using an old side chair that was obviously hand-whittled by the Marquis de Sade.
3. A File Cabinet
The top of the fridge is not working for me anymore.
4. A Ginormous Wipe-off Board
For doodling...um, I mean organizing my content and stuff.
I cannot function in chaos. I need shelves.
6. Label Maker
Maybe not a necessity, but organization is going to go a lot faster.
It Just Needs Paint, Creativity, and a Carpenter
Of course, that is nowhere near everything that room will need. It is a small, 8x10 room, once decorated as a nursery, that must now be a combination office, art room, and homeschool room. Obviously organization is going to be essential.
It needs lots of creativity.
Besides making lists, I started drawing some designs for the desk area. My dream (this is a dream office, remember?) is to have a built in double desk along one entire wall.
Not just a table either. I want two kneeholes, divided by a file cabinet. Because I can't shake this feeling that a double desk with two kneeholes is like the paragon of office luxury.
That is the kind of office where I could write a book. Or answer business calls like a real adult (instead of letting them go to voicemail and pretending my phone is broken...)
I then surrounded this part of the drawing with a complex array of shelving and overhead cabinetry, custom-built to fit perfectly, with a multitude of drawers, cubes, cubbies and spots that are exactly made for things like that huge wipe-off board.
That's pretty ambitious planning for someone whose entire experience with "building" anything was tacking a piece of molding trim to the edge of my kitchen counter once. I have DIY skillz, but carpentry isn't one of them.
Once I tallied up a few estimates it was obvious that it was going to take more than $134 and some magic testicles to get what I really want. Either I have to earn more, or I have to lower my standards a bit.
I'm not lowering without a fight. I want this dream office. I must have my office with its splash of lime green, complete with two kneeholes and a place for my Darth Vader statues to stand sentry.
In the meantime, I know I will definitely need a chair and a printer.
I've dreamt of having an amazing office since we bought this house. But I can wait a little longer. 95% of my work is done at the kitchen table.
Some of it might get done while standing at the counter. Some of my best work was done sitting in waiting rooms. So I guess "writing materials" are really the only thing a blogger truly needs to survive.
That artist though. Man do they need shelves.
Tell me, please. What is in your dream office?