ADVICE / 30
today we answer: “where do you work? how do you stay organized?”
my fiancé is dying to write this post for me. my work habits make him and our apartment a little crazy. i have a nice desktop on a beautiful desk with a beautiful chair next to a beautiful window…that i never use. i always find myself on my laptop on the couch or in bed with my feet up. since i work full time, i freelance on the nights and weekends. the last thing i want to do is sit at another desk all night. i want to sit next to john on the couch and catch up on our favorite shows. i want to hang out! i don’t want to be stuck in a corner by myself. so my desk area goes untouched collecting odds and ends i don’t have a place for. i probably haven’t turned my desktop on in two months because the batteries in the keyboard died and i have yet to replace them. that corner is a waste of space (but it looks pretty).
staying organized and clean isn’t too hard since i’m restricted to an apartment that i share with my sweetheart. i need to be considerate of his feelings to. nobody likes a mess. there are days that i leave my drawings scattered on the floor or my pens all over the couch. i try to contain it all by picking a spot in the apartment and staying there. when i’m done working i take the extra 2 minutes to throw out the weird sketches, put away the ones i’ll need for tomorrow and put all of my supplies back. i do almost everything digitally so it’s easy to organize my files and inspiration. there is a wall that i took over that i’ve been taping up some inspiration for projects. it is the in-between area until i take the time to scan it in. one day…
ha, katie’s answer made me laugh. sometimes people ask me to photograph my “work space” and i want to just send them a photo of my couch. yes, i have this space that i work from 2-3 days a week, but recently i have been waking up and go straight to the couch (before anything else) and get caught up in emails, checking the blog stuff….and then it’s 7pm. it’s just been more convenient. this past month i have been getting into a bad routine of this, and i know it’s important that i at least sit in a DESK. my back has been killing me lately from it, so it’s not something i recommend.
and as far as being organized…i am starting to feel bad i am giving advice on this topic. i would love to say i have file folders with printed invoices and cabinets with everything organized perfectly. but it’s not like that at all. i use google docs to record my income, i use a couple of these striped baskets to throw some stuff in. oh gosh, this post is getting a tad embarrassing. sometimes creatives can’t do both though, right? it feels overwhelming. but i think it’s time i get off this couch (currently there) and sit in my desk. it’s all about breaking routine and making a space feel inviting and comfortable to work in.
ps. how cute is katie’s illustration today? i love it.