A Professional Blogger’s Home Office – Part 5 – Slowly Creating Space…

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[This is part of the Problogger Home Office Series.]

Just wanted to give you a small update on how things are continue to progress in quest for the most-awesome home office. In fact, that update is merely this: It’s slow-going.

Cleaning up after a move is painfully boring and a lot of work. I’ve got tons of books that I finally just threw up onto a bunch of old shelves that we brought with us with no rhyme nor reason. I hate doing that but it’s just a necessary evil as I clean out space.

The office is more of a dumping ground for trash that needs to eventually go out to the street. Good times, right?

I’m not upset – I just know that it’s going to take some time for this to really come together. I’ve got a laundry list of important things that need my attention greater than my perfect work environment so I’ll just have to practice the fine art of being patient (which is pretty difficult for me).

It is what it is, right?

Trash above and books below. We’ll slowly get there!

At least I can see the chimney area. I can’t wait to use those built-ins.

A very temporary setup. I can’t remember specifically where my wife got that standing mat – it’s not great but it’ll do for now and it was cheap.

And, at least I have my Yoga Mat back!

Eventually I’ll have some old original french doors restored and put back in this doorway – until then I’m open to all the “elements,” like my hurricane-daughter Roenne and the sounds of my hungry 5-month old Arden.

We’ll get there!

Thanks for hanging with me and hope you guys have a great rest of the week!

Question: What are you waiting on right now? How are you practicing the fine art of patience?

[This is part of the Problogger Home Office Series.]

  • Demian Seiler

    I am being patient with my domain name. I had one all picked out, yet when I added it to my cart I saw that it was certainly available… as a “Premium Domain” to the tune of $1788 smackers. Very frustrated, but I am not rushing out and buying every domain name that pops in my head. I am waiting until I get just the right one while I am still creating my blog plan and some starting content.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      wow. mind if you share what it is?

    • Craig Allen

      I had the same thing happen to me for a band name I wanted to use (The Prodigals). The price is over $2k! I guess it’s good because it means you’re thinking along the right track in terms of keywords, and maybe while you wait you could also save some $$ in case the next one is perfect so you can get it.

      If you find a premium domain available, can you really afford to pass it up? If your goal is to eventually make a profit off your blog, that’s a pretty good place to start.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        … i’ve spent 5 figures on a domain name before.

        yeah…..

        • Craig Allen

          Just like anything else…you have to spend money to make money.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            eh. haven’t earned that back yet…. ;)

        • Chris Langille

          Wowzers!

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            yeah…

        • http://www.sidetrackedtimetraveler.com Tiffany Willis

          Um….wow. The domain names I choose are always about $10 LOL! Guess that’s why blogging isn’t paying my bills?

  • http://www.browniebites.net Erin @ Brownie Bites

    I spy a pull-up bar! :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      yup… trying! #p90x…!

  • Phillip Gibb

    did you p90x the boxes into the bookcase?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      hahah. ;)

      nope… on my macbook air…!

  • http://suburbiauncovered.com/ Matt Powell

    John, you’re making great progress… moving is HORRIBLE. The ‘stuff’ just seems to grow in some counter-intuitive way. By the way, love the wood floors there in the house.

  • Adam

    We are currently waiting on our house to sell… We are moving this week so I hope it happens sooner than later.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah… man. that’s a tough spot… my heart hurts for those that are trying to sell right now…!

      • Adam

        It really stinks. the market is so down in our area… We may be sitting on it for a while. Really do not want the responsibility of renting, but it may have to come to that…

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          where are you located?

          • adam

            Birmingham, AL

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              ah… and where are you headed?

              • Adam

                Dothan, AL

                • http://john.do John Saddington

                  ah, staying in state. ;)

                  be thinking about you today.

                • http://www.sidetrackedtimetraveler.com Tiffany Willis

                  Hey I used to live in Dothan and then Eufaula! (I didn’t like it but it was way culture shockish to me)

                  • http://john.do John Saddington

                    eufaula… that’s an interesting word. how do you pronounce that…..

                    • http://www.sidetrackedtimetraveler.com Tiffany Willis

                      You-Fall-Uh

  • http://www.reflectionsinteriordesigns.com Jil

    Just a suggestion, did you ever think about painting the brick? If you paint it the same as the built ins, it would provide great flow and really open up the space. I would suggest using a high heat resistant BBQ white paint. Would look FAB and very inexpensive to do! I do it for clients all the time.
    Just my two cents.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      jil,

      thanks for this idea… i didn’t even really think about it.

  • http://sproutsenroute.com Kristin

    It’s looking good John :) Moving isn’t always the most fun activity, but when you DO get everything finished, it feels sooo nice! As for patience, sorry not any better than you are at it, but pray, pray, pray. That’s what I tell myself. God bless!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks kristin! moving is the suck…!

      but, we’re glad we’re here.

  • Dewitt Robinson

    Be encouraged man!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ;) thanks man! slow but sure…

  • http://lifexpresseddigitally.me/blog Brian Alexander

    Waiting on a trip to Oklahoma City next month. So ready for it! :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah. why are you headed over there?

  • http://Getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    Love the comic book figurines!! Best addition to the room. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      seriously. :0

  • http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com Carl V.

    Love getting the voyeur’s eye view into people’s creative space so thanks for the update and I hope you do more as things get settled.

    Dolls! Wives just don’t understand *sobs* ;)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      … i know. seriously.

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    Sweet dude! Keep plugging away, you’re on your way to an office the rivals Google ;)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      haha! i hope so… or… i think so…

  • Craig Allen

    I’m right there with you man. We moved all our crap into the basement when we moved in about 2 1/2 years ago, and I’m still trying to clear out enough space to build an office someday. Slowly but surely…

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ;) making my way…..

  • Chris Langille

    That’s a nice looking pad John! Hey , at least it looks like you can walk around a bit…

    When we moved, we had so many boxes jammed in there, we had to come through the back door to get down our hallway!

    I feel your pain!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it’s starting to clear up… it was a mess (and still is) in a lot of the other rooms.

  • Jeremy

    How’s the standing up desk trial going?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ugh. my feet hurt badly right now.

  • http://geekfori.com Graham

    Lookin good John. I hear ya… it just takes time to get everything organized. The more and more I spend time at home working on things internet-related that aren’t a part of my day job… the more I realize I really need a home office. The one-bedroom apartment deal is really getting old. Hopefully that will be changing soon(ish).

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      … what about when you get married? aren’t you just going to wait til then?

      • http://geekfori.com Graham

        Actually we might be moving into my mom’s basement for a bit to save some money. Rent for a 750sq. ft. apartment in the Chicagoland area is about $900/mo. and I am thinking that for the next year, before the wedding, we could save that money and use it for a down payment on a house. I’d much rather be paying that money each month towards a mortgage than towards rent.

        But yes… after the wedding… we’re going to hopefully be buying a house. :)

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          … ;) good luck with that!