I needed a major overhaul of my workspace. My writing area consisted of a very small desk that contained my computer, my printer, my keyboard, and a plethora of assorted files, CDs, etc. Next to my desk I had several bins overflowing with manuscripts, correspondence, contracts, and published copies of my work. I was constantly cleaning and sorting, but nothing ever seemed to work.
After a good year of talking, I finally took steps for action. I already knew I wanted a corner desk, so I spent some time looking online and in various office supply stores for desk designs that had enough work and storage space to meet my needs. I also had to work within specific dimensions since my “office” is part of my living room, and I wanted something that would blend nicely with the décor.
I settled on a corner desk with an attached filing cabinet in a dark cherry wood color. Because it was particle board, the price was reasonable. I also purchased a small storage cabinet. Since I wanted to have a more presentable workspace, I figured the less obvious clutter the better.
When everything arrived and my husband and I had assembled all the pieces, I had to do a thorough cleaning out of all my files. I had to determine what was important and what could be tossed. Amazingly I tossed out a lot. Then I had to re-file and re-sort. Now I have a functioning workspace that looks nice and professional instead of messy and amateurish.
Contributed by Catherine L. Osornio