Back Home Again

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And just like that, I moved my office back home again.  I know what you are thinking. You saw this coming a mile away…

It was an incredibly difficult decision that I went back and forth over for MONTHS. I hemmed and hawed every day. Some days I loved the separation of home and work and the blessed peace and quiet of the office, other days I missed my bright sunny room, the proximity to all my many boxes of craft supplies in Diagon Alley, all my happy sunny photoshoot spots, my plants, my animals…my family. I wish I could just keep both but then the expense. I can’t stand spending money on something I’m not using every day.

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So I packed everything up in my car and two loads later everything was back at home.

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It seems overwhelming, right? Not to me. Clutter like this is a joy to me. I LOVE organizing a new space. I see this as a challenge that I can conquer in a day. Bring it on! I sing. I know I should hire myself out to do this for others but nobody ever wants to really hire me. Plus there is a lot of psychology that has to go into sorting and when it comes to someone else it’s almost like doing hours and hours of therapy. I know this because I’ve spent my entire life doing this with my mom. My stuff: no sweat! Other people’s stuff… well, it depends on how attached you are. If you are ready to be ruthless then I am your girl. Call me.

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It took some time but bit by bit I found a place for everything and everything found its place. Lots of envelopes got donated and my new toaster and printer found new homes.

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I have to say I’m really happy with the new space. I’ve figured myself out: I just need change. Every six months I need to rearrange or up and move, get a new hobby or try a new work-out. I just crave change. It envigorates me and helps me feel like I’m making progress. I can’t stand feeling stuck. I’m sure there’s a lot more to unpack there mentally but for now I’m sticking with actual physical unpacking.

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Besides the hot weather of this room (that is very sunny, bright, and unbearably hot in the summer) one of the things I was trying to escape when I moved to an outside office was how my homelife edged into my professional life. That is still going to be my biggest challenge. When I’m home I like to tinker. I like to clean, I like to garden and I like to make things. I love having a sewing room next to my office and a painting studio in between. I can slide my rolly chair from one project to the other with ease. It’s super fun but it’s also not so great for focusing on work projects. I can spend my whole day organizing the kitchen, baking bread, driving the kids around, and never touch a drop of work if I’m not careful.

My plants missed me. My garden has been terribly neglected, my kitchen too. The dogs are super happy to have a playmate back home again. I can get more walks in… it’s just going to be nice but also difficult.

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We’ll just have to see. I did talk to the office manager and they will welcome me back anytime. We’ll see if I can make it till summer.

3 Comments Back Home Again

  1. Cathy

    I would kill for a space like that for myself, it’s so sunny and cozy I can’t see how you left! I do work in an office, so… but yeah, when I had to WFH a few months last year it was really difficult to focus. What’s the story behind the Red Sparrow poster, SAJ? (I love female agents, that’s how I stumbled upon your blog all those years ago!)

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    1. SAJ

      Funny story. Bug and I were at the movies and they were giving away posters. I was so drawn to the Red Sparrow poster because of the color and I love Jennifer Lawrence. Then later I watched the movie and loved it! It’s actually pretty good. I am truly impressed that Jennifer was able to turn herself into a believable ballerina dancer.

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