Working From Home – It’s Messy!

Working from home is messy.  It has never really appealed to me but now I find myself in this position.  When I was working at CMHA, My Sisters’ Place, I was offered a “Work from Home” day and I never took advantage of it because I knew that I would so easily be distracted by other things.  It is just too easy to do anything other than the task at hand.   I will find myself cleaning and organizing, doing dishes, getting dinner ready instead of doing some other task that is a bit of a challenge and one I might want to procrastinate on.  Or, possibly, I might find myself scrolling on Facebook, reading articles online and going down that rabbit hole. Can you relate to this? It really takes some discipline to be able to accomplish our own personal goals.  

My office in my home is in the basement and when I really need to focus and need quiet, it is really the best place for me to go to get some work done.  Usually, what I will do is make a plan to be at my desk for a period of time like one or two hours.  I sometimes use the Pomodoro technique to stay focused on what I am working on.  I use the timer on my phone to keep focused as I don’t actually have a timer that looks like a tomato.  

Here is my messy desk
Here is another view of my office space. Its really a great space and I love it when I am in the zone.

My most favourite place to be, though, is at my chair in the living room.  I can find myself creating a little nest around this space with paperwork, journals, to do lists, books I am reading and also other little projects I have on the go.  It really is my happy place. Where is your happy place? I find myself going through the piles on a regular basis just to keep my focus on what is most important.  Seems to work for me for the most part.  I really prefer a creative mess to work in. 

This is kind of what happens
And then this – its a creative mess 🙂

I have had fantasies of taking my computer to a coffee shop and doing a lot of writing there. It was on my list as a goal for quite awhile, but I just never seem to do it.  I guess I am most comfortable being at home.  

The very best part about working from home is the ability to work at your own pace and on your own time. Take breaks when you want, schedule clients at the best times for you and the fact that you can work in your pyjamas is a bonus.

I can help you with your office space. Office space is often about clearing some space to work, paperwork, boxes of old papers that need to be shredded, a better configuration of your space and once cleared with a focus, can help you to move forward in whatever your heart desires.

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About Kim

Kim Tremblay is a Master Organizer and a Clutter Coach. She has worked with individuals helping them clear the physical and emotional clutter from their lives since 2008. Kim founded and co-facilitated a Clearing Clutter Support Group which has helped hundreds of individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Kim is currently working virtually with clients helping them to clear the emotional and/or physical clutter from their lives. Kim is available to speak to your group about all things organizing.
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12 Responses to Working From Home – It’s Messy!

  1. Thanks for giving us a peek into your home office and proving that you don’t have to be tidy to be productive – it’s whatever works best for you.

  2. Sue West says:

    I love that you call where you work best your “happy place.” And of course, as a coach, I’m curious what makes it happier than your actual office space in the basement, because I alternate between upstairs and an above ground lower level. ~Sue West

    • Kim says:

      Hi Sue, I am not really sure as really I love both spaces. I am happiest when I have the stuff I love around me and also am close to my partner. Also, when I am upstairs I can see outside and enjoy the weather (whatever it is). Today is a beautiful winter wonderland. Thanks for commenting.

  3. My office is a bedroom in my house. I like that during the day, no one else is on this floor. I find it easy to focus when it’s just me. I also use music to ground me when I am working on something that I really need to concentrate on. Unlike you, I don’t like carrying work around to different areas of my house. That’s when I get distracted.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Janet,
      Thanks for your comment. I haven’t tried music while I am working. It works for me though if I am doing other things so I may try that at some point. It is so easy to get distracted when working at home.

  4. It’s great how you have flexible working spaces. And it seems like you use them at different times for different reasons. For the most part, I work at my desk in my workspace. I love it! I didn’t always. It took me time to get have it designed and set up exactly the way the suited my needs. I’m surrounded by the colors and textures I love. Also, I have space to do and store all the things I need. I tend to hyperfocus when I’m working, so I don’t easily get distracted.

    • Kim says:

      Oh, I love your office space Linda. It looks amazing and I love the colour purple too. It is important to have a quiet area to work. I am sure I get a lot more done when I am focussed. thank you for your comment 🙂

  5. Seana Turner says:

    Fun to see into the “inner sanctum” Kim. We all have a spot where we get things done, and they don’t always stay perfectly tidy when things are happening. I tend to bring my laptop over to my kitchen island or to a chair in the living room and use my desk mostly as a storage location.

  6. Thanks for sharing your office space. An office out of the way in a basement must be nice and quiet. My home office is in an extra bedroom, but usually, when I need to focus on something like a big writing task, I find that I get more done at a library or coffee shop, because I am not distracted by family members or chores that I could do at home.

    • Kim says:

      Hi Nancy,
      Yes, I do love my space in the basement. I am able to be quite productive there. I think I will plan to go out and do a little writing in a coffee shop or a library sometime soon. thanks so much for your comment.

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