A while ago I found myself in a funny situation – or awkward, depends on how you look at it. I found a photo of my workspace on Pinterest and someone wrote a comment underneath it. She wondered how on earth all those interior bloggers work with such a clean desk. “Where do they leave their stuff?”, she wondered. It’s always interesting to see what people think of your photos when you don’t know them. It can be tempting to think the opinion on your photos is the (positive) comments you get on Instagram, but of course that’s not the case. So in this situation I was happy to see what an outsider thought of my workspace, and it was somewhat humbling as well. To be exact, it gave me a sense of “real life” back.
Because no, this workspace obviously doesn’t cut it if you look at it from a real life point of view. In order to work I need stuff like an agenda, paper and pen, my camera and a lot of other things. Of course we have piles and piles of administration that need to be saved somewhere. But real life for me is also having a neat workspace. A practically empty workspace. I can’t work if it’s a mess, it distracts me. So that’s why I have this organized desk, even though it might look unpractical to you. When I start working I collect the stuff I need, and store them afterwards, behind closed doors. So I try to keep this desk as clean as you see it now. It’s in our livingroom, so I don’t want to look at my mess all day long. I don’t always succeed, but it kinda looks like this most of the time. And I really wouldn’t want it any other way.
The latest addition to my desk is this Elephant Pad from Vitra. As you probably know I’m a sucker for all things Vitra. It’s designed by Hella Jongerius and it’s very practical, because it makes my mouse work better. This desk is a bit slippery, so it needs a mousemat to work properly. And that might as well be a good-looking one, right?
So a bit of real life on the blog today. Maybe one day I will show you what my desk looks like while working, certainly not as organized as I usually show you. I’ll think about it :)