My Messy Writing Space

Before I show you a picture of my office/writing space, I have to warn you. I’m not exactly what you’d call neat. Or organized.

Okay, brace yourself. Here it is.

My very messy desk

I told you it wasn’t pretty.

I’m trying to get better, I swear. To that end I purchased some Ikea office furniture about a year ago. I love my Ikea office furniture. The pieces are big enough to store a lot of my stuff. I’ve got files with contracts, research information, and all the paperwork that the business of writing generates. My cupboard with the sliding doors hides all my office supplies, as well as the many binders I’ve got stashed in there. Some of those binders contain vital information, like my works-in-progress, my to-do lists, or the passwords to my many social media groups. But many of them have stuff that I’m never going to use again. In other words, junk. I need to weed out the junk. Someday.

One of these days I’m going to buy the shelving that fits on the top of my sliding door cabinet so I can display pictures and knickknacks. I also want a couple of small filing cabinets to store personal info and to act as stands for my printers. I’m using a couple of old, rusted metal filing cabinets right now, and I’d love something prettier that matches. I want to be able to put things away instead of storing them in boxes on the floor.

You might have noticed that my desk is a tad messy. Okay, it’s really messy. It’s also covered in a layer of dust thick enough to grow tomatoes. While I’m in the throes of writing, I tend to write notes about the piece I’m writing on bits of paper that get scattered everywhere. Sometimes they never leave my desk, even when the writing is over. Things that I don’t know what to do with also tend to land on the desk and take root there. Sometimes I feel as if I’m writing in the eye of a storm, but despite the chaos, it works. Apparently I thrive on chaos.

I keep saying I’m going to clean up the mess, but then I get caught up in writing, or in promotion, or life happens, and organization gets pushed to the back burner. But I swear, one of these days I’ll get organized. But there’s this series I’m working on…oh heck, the dusting can wait.


My Messy Writing Space — 9 Comments

    • I got into your office with Ninja-like sleathness. Is that even a word? Anyway, glad I’m not the only messy writer. The rest of my house isn’t this bad, I swear!

  1. It is so hard to keep everything organized, it really is. My husband just brought me home a pretty, black wire file organizer the other day. Wonder if that was a hint to do something with my piles of papers, magazines, notecards, books and…well, you get the picture.

    I feel your pain on the binders. I have tons of old binders and notebooks stashed here and there. Some I need (okay, not right now, but maybe someday). Others just need to go. We should plan a group Organize Your Office Day. Then at least we wouldn’t have to experience the pain of throwing out old binders alone.

    • I am so lucky with my old binders! My dh is in community theatre and he uses them for music, photocopies of play pages, etc. Whenever he even mentions the word “binder,” I’ve got him covered. Now, if he’d just get to where he needed some of the 242 pens I have that I can’t seem to make myself get rid of…

  2. OMG you’re braver than I am. I’m only sharing the “before” picture of my office. If you saw it right now, with all the boxes and papers as I pack for RT, you couldn’t see the desk or the floor. I’d pay someone to come get me organized!

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