Sometimes I’m a little jealous of people that work from home, just because they get to have their space really personalized. Usually, I’m only jealous of people who get an office with a window! In my field, or at least my position within my field, a lot of people work in basements. I am no exception! It’s too bad because the last two days I’ve been missing a really beautiful spring rainstorm.

Anyway, I’m trying to bring something a little more fun to my office this spring. It needed a good cleaning and reorganization after the winter and I have that basically finished now.

This is an older photo of my office, when I first organized it soon after I started. When I got here, I had a big metal desk that faced the wall to the left of my desk now. I got that moved around because I really prefer to face into a room if I can help it at all.

Since then, I’ve gotten a new computer tower, more books, started a little collection of catalogs I need to make ordering decisions, moved a file cabinet into my office, moved our mini-photo studio (at the right of the photo), switched my office chair, rearranged my desk so my computer monitor isn’t all the way to the right of it, etc. A lot of little changes! Most of them have made me more comfortable though and I try to make my corner of the office as organized as I can.

Late last week, I moved all of my books to the right side of my shelving unit and cleaned out all catalogs and things that had accumulated on the left side of the shelf. Now, my shelf looked a like a nice bookshelf on one side and an as-organized-as-it-can-be office jungle on the other side.  So, I found a solution to two problems by adding a curtain on the left side of my shelves.

Now, I have a book shelf that appears organized because the part that looks less pulled together is covered by a curtain, and I have a nice wine color and pretty pattern in my office. Looking at the photos, I think the place is still pretty drab and has a ways to go, but it looks so much better.

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