Monday, January 18, 2016

New study and writing desk setup

Oberon explores the stationery shelves

We moved five months ago, and it has taken me this long (remember how grad school ate my life?) to get my writing desk and workspace set up in my new study. Oberon and Stella were gracious enough (or curious enough) to help me with this little photo shoot, and above you can see Oberon sniffing around near that one empty shelf cubby on my paper and stationery shelves. (How long will it stay empty? Hmmm...)

New study and writing desk

Here's a closer look at the writing desk itself. Yes, that is a towering stack of boxed postcards on the desk, and on the bulletin board above the desk, some of my favorite received mail and mail art.

For the first time in many years, I have a room of my own, and I won't go so far as to say I've finished the entire study -- sections of the room are carefully omitted from these photos, because they're still a mess -- but I'm thrilled to have my letter-writing materials all set up and organized.

In the future, maybe I'll need to do a blog post about how intensely I've organized my stamps and stickers now, in a way they've never been organized before; this deep organization project is something I've long been itching to do. It's really exciting and it took me many hours to achieve, with stamps and stickers spread out all over the floor, but I finally know exactly where to find everything. Not only is it efficient, but after years of having things all jumbled together, it's also very satisfying.

Stella in my new study

I'm thrilled to have natural light nearby. My writing desk in DC was shoved into a dark corner, and not an entirely lovely place to write... but it wasn't an entirely lovely apartment, either. Here, I have my own room, and nice big window right next to the desk. And that's Stella on the floor, walking towards me as I take the photo.

Best of all, this setup makes me really want to write letters! Today is my last day of winter break (back to school tomorrow), so I'd better carpe diem while I still have the time.

11 comments:

  1. Oh, it looks so nice! So much light, and so many postcard boxes! :D

    And I would love to read about your sticker/stamp organisation as well. I've never managed to actually organise mine, and am forever "re-discovering" it...

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  2. Beautiful space! I dream of the day that my workroom looks that nice. :) Your cats are lovely and I love the name Oberon for a kitty. I hope to see more of them. I only recently subscribed to your blog, but I'm already enjoying what I've seen so far. Thanks for sharing pics of your newly organized writing room! I'd love to see a post sharing some tips on organizing letter writing stuff that you learned while working on your room. Maybe then I'd have a chance at getting my space in some semblance of order. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, and I really appreciate you letting me know you're a new blog reader and that you are enjoying it. If you've paged backwards, you'll notice that in the past I have posted a LOT more regularly than I do lately... but thanks for inspiring me and reminding me that I've got new readers, too, and that people out there really are still interested in my posts. :-)

      These are more about information and tracking and less about supplies, but my two posts about my letter-writing log might interest you:

      2011: a year in mail

      Habits: how I keep my letter log

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  3. Lovely! I hope you WILL do a blog post on your stamp/sticker organization. I have a very large collection of cancelled postage stamps that need to be better organized (right now they are in ziplock bags sorted by subject matter, but not easily accessible, and not easy to see everything that is in the bag, as some are bursting at the seam!) So I could benefit from other people's organization tips!

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  4. Ana, Ratgirl, and Michele, thanks so much for your nice comments! You are all so enthusiastic that I will definitely plan to do a post on stamp and sticker organization in the future, hopefully this coming weekend.

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  5. thanks for taking the time to share your new space with us! it's beautiful!! love the window/natural lighting. i would also love to learn more about your stamp/sticker organization. knowing where things are when i want to use them is sometimes a challenge. i just had 3 shelves installed above my desk (today) and am eager to set things up. your post has inspired me :)

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    1. So delighted to inspire! I will definitely blog about the sticker and stamp organization, hopefully soon.

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  6. Wow, that is nice and neat! How long will that last? I have a serious organising problem with regards to my stationery and books! Need more space!

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  7. I loved this post, it was so much fun to see your new space! I love everything about it...the postcard boxes, the washi tape, the gotochi postcards on your bulletin board and cubby after cubby filled with glorious paper supplies! I hope that you will do a post on your sticker and stamp organization...you have a captive audience! Hope your first day back to school went well today. Cheers!

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  8. Looks great!!

    I am in need of an organizational overhaul. Stuff is in so many toppling piles...one day.

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  9. Looks great! Spaceous too! I'd probably put the desk infront of the window though, I always try to look towards a window. :-)

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