Three Week Office ReOrg Challenge

I’ve been working from home in various capacities for most of my adult life. Moving four times in five years has left me with an unsettled and hodge-podge organizational system. Juggling a book launch, a dozen creative projects and various writing and teaching contracts in an inefficient environment is affecting my ability to focus! Grrr.

The In Box is Waaaaay In

I decided that for my work-at-home-life to actually work, I’d have to create a better space in which the magic can happen. I haven’t had a proper office purge and reorg since 1999. My “things” have been in temporary spaces for years and my filing system has been in transition since 2007. Time to GTSD.

Since I love me a good challenge and start a new contract in 3 weeks, I’ve given myself that amount of time to create that space of my own.

Wall of Books

Baby and I have shared an office space for the past 3 years. Being in this boring, overstuffed space makes me sleepy.

Unfinished & Uninspiring:Time for that to Change

Instead of sharing space, I’m making brand new digs and turning this historical landmark into my new homebase of creative awesomeness (official name forthcoming)

Currently known as THE SHED

If there’s a domestic, creative, industrial project you’ve had on the back burner for months or years (or decades), why not join me in a 3 week summer challenge to remedy that?

How can I nap in these conditions?


  1. Bryan Borland
    Jul 28, 2010

    Space can make all the difference in the world! If my home office is cluttered at all, I find I cannot write. The words just won’t come. In a clean, lovely space, I can write for hours or days…

    but sharing that space with four inside cats, well, let’s just say I have an invasion of toy mice and hairballs more often than I’d like!

    Good luck with your project!

  2. I find that I get distracted by all the stuff around me. Plus it feels a bit oppressive.

    Even though The Shed is dirty and full of spiders, I love it already simply because it’s got possibility.

    we’re down to one cat. and he’s on Prozac, so he sleeps on his box all day.

  3. Suma
    Aug 1, 2010

    Good luck with the re-rg Danika. I just cleaned up my workspace recently and took out a lot of the writer’s block in my mind alongwith it.

  4. meeshelleneal
    Aug 4, 2010


    I’ve read that we all think money will make us happy when really it’s just cleaning our space etc. Good job!!

    And congrats on the contract!


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