Introduction: My Workspace


Here are some photos of my workspace for the Share Your Space Contest. It's a bit modest since I live in a one bedroom condo. Instead of a shed, studio or workshop to work in I use my living room coffee table, dining room table and kitchen counter.

The coffee table is great to work on since it is by large windows that let a lot of natural light in. This is great for taking photographs when I'm documenting my projects. Of course in the winter when the sun sets at 4pm I sometimes head to my kitchen counter for photos.  I have really bright florescent lighting there. For sewing I use my dining room table.  Storage is always an issue when living in a small space, clutter is something I can't seem to escape.  When company is coming I have to do a lot of clearing up an stashing away. I have a few shelves and a storage box/ottoman that can hold a lot of craft things (I collect a lot of random items that I think I might be useful in projects).

If I would be able to design my dream workspace, I would first of all like to have a dedicated room for it (so I don't have to clear away things when company is over or if I want to eat dinner).  The room should have a lot of windows for lighting and plenty of storage space.  Ideally I would also love to have an outdoor workshop for gardening and working with power tools or  other crazy stuff (MIG welder) that you shouldn't use in a condo.

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ArtsyFartsyGirl (author)2011-06-25

Love the kitties! Can relate to the space issue, I live in what I call a "mini loft" and my desk is actually my "workshop" But I can never,ever keep it clear, I spent 4 hrs "cleaning it off" one day. I make jewelry and I figured I'd put all the loose beads where they actually belong. Problem is, a few days later, they are replaced by other "loose beads" if I'm working on anything. Sometimes I want to just take a swipe and knock everything off my desk, but then I'd be hours picking up beads out of the carpet! "Sigh"
Came across this tip: use a sticky lint roller brush to pick up beads off floor. I haven't tried it yet.

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ChrysN (author)ArtsyFartsyGirl2011-06-25

The lint roller is a great tip, I'll keep that in mind, thanks!

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Vyger (author)2011-03-05

Invest in a wireless keyboard and mouse and they will help with your computer space. Actually a wireless trackball like the Logitech wireless trackman would be even better. Its what I use. Since you move the ball instead of the whole mouse it uses a lot less desk space. The cats like to chase the ball though when they knock it off the desk. I have found it in some interesting places.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/mice-pointers/trackballs/devices/189 *******

Sometimes they just take the desk over.

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ChrysN (author)Vyger2011-03-05

Thanks, that is a great idea, love your cats that's a great picture!

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Vyger (author)ChrysN2011-03-09

I have a lot more kitten pictures in one of my instructables,

https://www.instructables.com/id/Taking-E-bay-photos-that-get-attention/

It has not been that popular but I think it was good if only for the cat pictures.

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ChrysN (author)Vyger2011-03-09

The cat pictures are wonderful!

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Goodhart (author)2011-02-03

You have......aaaaaaa, counter space ! I haven't seen space in our kitchen on the counter since 2001 ! Nor any room on the Dining room table either (we haven't eaten at the table in 20 years).

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ChrysN (author)Goodhart2011-02-03

LOL, so I shouldn't complain about my lack of space.

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Goodhart (author)ChrysN2011-02-03

My "workspace", With tools, scattered bits, pieces, and other componants, 2 desks, a table, a director's chair, all cramed into an 8 foot by 5 foot area.....I can move my chair 3 inches to the right OR to the left (not in each direction), and forward a bit to get a little closer to the work bench......my kitchen is actually worse, but not because I have cluttered it....certain person(s) stay home all day but still don't have "time" to do dishes, etc. *sigh*n ;-)

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ChrysN (author)Goodhart2011-02-03

Wow, 8x5 ft that would be a bit cramped.

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Goodhart (author)ChrysN2011-02-04

It wouldn't be too bad IF most of the space was not taken up with desks, cabinates, and a table.....but as it is, my "actual workspace" is limited to the number of inches I can move my chair.....and that is really cramped.

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cdawisconsin (author)2011-02-03

Your cat looks exhausted, perhaps from playing with the tape measure. Great space and love the window picture.

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ChrysN (author)cdawisconsin2011-02-03

Thanks. Yes, my kitty seems to be able to nap anywhere.

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Ninzerbean (author)2011-02-03

I feel like I know you, but now I feel like I know you even more, thanks for sharing this. Your kitty is like mine - always in the middle of what I am working on, reading, or typing at the computer.

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ChrysN (author)Ninzerbean2011-02-03

Yes, that's why I felt he should be included in my workspace pictures.

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Creativeman (author)2011-02-03

Space and time...there will never be "enough"...

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happyjo (author)2011-02-02

I want your cat! :D

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canida (author)2011-02-02

Cleaning up between projects is 90% of the reason I don't start (or finish) more things! But space is always hard to come by.

What are you working on now?

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ChrysN (author)canida2011-02-02

The purple fabric that my cat is lying on is my attempt to make a quilt (it's my first one so I don't really know what I'm doing). I'm also trying to finish crocheting a teddy bear for my friends baby shower which is this Saturday, I need to hurry to get that done.

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