Two of my recent Weekly Wishes goals after my grandma moved out and my sister went back to her own room were to revamp my workspace and do a bit of decluttering — enough that I could see where things were and not have to play Jenga to get them out. This is how it’s looking now:
It’s not a huge change from before — I’ve had the same bedroom furniture since I was, what, seven? Maybe eight? Maybe six? Anyway, a long-ass time, which shows on the many, many chips in the red details of the furniture, including just about the entire bottom of the edge of my desk.
Eventually I will have different furniture, but that time has not come yet and I highly doubt it will be here. I really do want this year to be the year I move out, if only because my grandma will come back next January and holy god I refuse to share a room with my sister again. The pain is ineffable.
So I approached this revamp casually and pragmatically, taking these facts into account:
The Facts Were These
- I spend a lot of time sitting on my butt, and sometimes I sit weird and my butt hurts.
- My chair (the old one) creaks like a motherfucker and needs to replaced before I end up on the floor.
- I’m lazy as hell about setting up my sewing machine, mainly because:
- I want to keep my laptop plugged and/or on a flat surface, and my desk can’t fit both things.
- I need a place to store my fabric and sewing notions that is neither my closet (no space) or a shelf (it all gets cluttered fast).
- I still don’t have a secure income or savings, my parents are unemployed, and I’m saving up to move to London.
- 1 faux leather swivel chair, 45€ at Eroski [paid for by my great aunt, which is why I was able to buy the table]
- 1 narrow table/bookcase with ironing wings and drawer baskets, 49€ at a local decor store (+ más cosas), discounted 50% + an additional 5% for a flaw (one of the ironing wings is a bit loose)
- 1 red basket for my desk, 1 rectangle glass bowl for my nail polish and 1 cardboard box for my jewelry, all three totaling 10.85€ at a “dollar” store
- 1 squared paper A5 notebook for to-do listing, ~2€ at Folder
Total spent: 108€
Total spent by me specifically: 63€
Loose pages, pencil roll, paroxetine and lorazepam. It is now also holding my People I Want to Punch In the Face journal (which I traded product photos for — not the one on that listing, mine are like, you know, varied and not yellow) and my camera’s USB cable.
Other storage-related things you can glimpse in the pictures that I already had are:
- big head memo pad (red) from IWOOT [review sample] — on my desk
- pencil roll from JolantaPF on Etsy [raffle prize] — in the red basket
- kitty fabric pouch from UnexpectedTreasure [thank-you gift] — in fabric drawer, holding scraps and separating photo-printed fabric from solids
- ceramic coffee mug and small vase from TarynGraceDesigns, who rightfully hates me because I still haven’t completed my part of our trade (and missed the original one) — on my desk and on the shelf below
- 2014 daily planner from ToodlesNoodles [trade]
- my sweet, sweet MacBook Air 13″ [crowdfunded]
- the yellowed sewing machine, an Alfa 3940 from the 80s [my mom’s]
- a house thing my sister left behind where I leave the cap of my laptop charger when it’s plugged in and some SD cards that are almost certainly for sure not mine, but hey, it’s not my fault my sister keeps losing her USB sticks and doesn’t have any use for them (I don’t either. But they’re safe there. And they’d probably work on my camera)
That is where my sewing supplies used to be. It’s still holding a lavender sachet I made ages ago, my old iPod that I haven’t charged in forever (which I bought in 2007 but has held up much better than my laptop, probably because I’ve had phases where I barely used it, and also it’s actually the second exchange I got after two iPods going bust in a year, so really I got it in 2008), my set-square and protractor (for pattern drafting and card-making), a bunch of pencils, three technical drawing pens I stole from my sister, and one of my big pairs of scissors. The hair straightener/dryer is a new addition (Rowenta, bought when I was 14 with the prize money from a poetry contest), as are the two paperbacks: Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters, which I got to read and review from someone on the #prrequest tag on Twitter, and From Notting Hill With Love… Actually by Ali McNamara, which I won in a giveaway Mal from Lazy Boleyn hosted last fall.
The big space next to the set-square is where I leave my camera.
I think I’ll keep patterns in one of my desk drawers (not the bottom one, though, because it gets stuck), but I got these last week (finally caught them on sale!) and I put them on top of the fabric above for the time being:
I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out. It feels clean and easy to navigate, and I love that my great aunt offered to buy me the chair, because that means I was able to get a slightly more expensive one than I’d budgeted for, and now I can chairollerskate from my desk to the top drawer of the other table, from the sewing machine to my laptop, and from my desk to grab my cat off my bed. It’s pretty excellent.
The one other thing I invested in was a tripod, which I’ll post about later this week. I can’t compare to any other tripods, so I don’t know about reviewing it, but I want to do a post detailing my expenses in January (and testing the Amazon affiliates program, which I just signed up for) and that will be going on it.
So what do you think? See any glaring issues in my set-up? What does your workspace look like?