Thursday, June 2, 2011
IT'S TIME FOR THE PERFECT WRITING SPACE.... A DESIGN TIP FOR WRITERS.
Since I have many new blogger friends, I'd like to repeat my first design post that aired last November. We all need to be comfortable when writing and I hope this helps you create your perfect space.
This is my first piece of advice to all who seek to create a space that will enhance their life for a better writing experience.
De-clutter. We are all pack rats. Admit it you know you are. Is your mail piled up? Are books all over the place? Clothes strewn on the bedroom chair or on the floor... Do you trip on shoes when you enter the house? Kids toys everywhere? Husbands, wives, significant other’s junk everywhere. You get the picture.
How can you even find your laptop? Let alone sit down and write. There is a very simple solution to this. THROW IT ALL OUT! Only kidding. The answer is create storage. This is a lot easier than you think.
Step One. Start by downsizing. Honestly, start getting rid of all the excess. Junk mail, newspapers, magazines, and in my case catalogues ... the holidays are on our doorstep and so are the trillions of catalogues. Keep what you like and get rid of the rest. Even better contact the company and cancel them. You can find everything you need on the internet. You will be amazed when you see the top of your coffee table, countertop, or hall table that you thought disappeared.
Step two: Make room in your closets. I hear the groan now. We all hate to organize closets, but it is necessary for your mental health. Admit it. How many of you have clothes you haven’t worn in years. Why keep them? Just think of all the room you’ll have for the new things you know you will buy. After you clean out the closets invest in organizers. Believe me they are worth the hours of stress to assemble them. Curse, carry on, throw things, but do it. Once the closets have organizers, the draped clothes, kids toys, scattered shoes will have their place, This will free up hours of cleaning and you can WRITE!
Step three: If you are short on closet space, create it. For those of us who live in apartments or condo’s closet space is at a premium. Yes, even those who rent can create storage. Armoires are a great solution. Not only are they beautiful, but you can “stuff” lots of things in them. Now I do know money is tight. Go to your local salvation army or thrift store. Many of them have great deals on previously owned armoires. I live in the city of Chicago and I have seen them as low as $200.00. Another great source, Craig’s List. You will be amazed at the bargains you can find.
For condo owners, I have a tip for you. If you have a corner you don’t know what to do with, or some wall space that’s useless contact your carpenter and have a closet built. No I’m not crazy. I had this odd corner in my eat in kitchen next to the fire escape door. Only about a two by two space. Yes, I did, I put a closet there. I bought a 16” x16” self unit to fit inside. I have my coffee maker, toaster oven, cookbooks, coffee cups and assorted computer supplies inside it. It’s amazing how much counter space it freed up.
Now take a weekend and do as I suggest. You will be thrilled how much free time you will have after you pillage your house. Just remember keep only the things you really love.
Look for the next tip soon. Feel free to leave a question in Design Dilemma. I’d be more than happy to help you with your design dilemma.
Yes, everyone. I am not JUST a writer/illustrator. I am an Interior Designer, too. SURPRISE!
Do something nice for yourself today and let me know what it is....