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Creating an Occasional Office Out of Useless Space

I have an office…well, I should say I have a desk in a room, but that room is not really MY office. It’s actual main use is as a school room and art space and storage facility. So sometimes when those uses are in full force I have the urge to run away. But then, I would have to hire a nanny to teach my kids and I’d have to get a full time job. Not.
So instead, when the girls are busy flinging paint about and chattering to each other about Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie having a slumber party and the room is a real mess…I tell them I’ll be right around the corner if they need me and I sneak out.
I throw the kettle on to make a lovely cup of tea and Hey, Presto! I turn the unused corner of my living room into my “office”! (Honestly, sometimes I just perch on the couch and hope I don’t knock my laptop onto the floor when I jump up to control the madness). This is only just recently possible…after a 24 hour trip to Ikea (yes, I do not live by an Ikea so I drove to Texas!), we purchased several of the white cube shelving units, not knowing what we’d use them for, but we had to buy them because there might never be another chance type moment and matching packs of caster wheels (just in case)…and we moved a huge vintage armoire to another location…so we had a big gap in the corner and I hate that corner beyond words, and we don’t have a few hundred extra bucks for the built in book shelves that would look fantastic there.
But I digress! We hung those puppies in the corner with wheels on one and there was instant storage! Then I realized that the barstools were more comfortable at a lower height (sitting at the bar hurt my back) so I tried it in the corner…and it worked. I hid some desk necessities in a box and any other bits could be tucked into a basket. On top I have a little inspirational photo there and a small lamp…what else does one need?
Now the kids can run all over the place and I have somewhere to put the laptop without fear. Just try finding that one little spot in your home that can do double duty or that is out of the way enough to give you your own place.

 Plus, yesterday I painted some quick pieces of artwork…I had a few leftover canvases and slathered on some paint…the trick is to take a spray bottle of water and spritz the canvas until it all starts running down. No major artistic skills required!

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{Just Something I Whipped Up}

It’s time for our weekly linky party, Just Something I Whipped Up! Can’t wait to see what you all have been busy creating.  Real quick though – I issued a challenge on my Facebook page this weekend. It’s called The 3 to 8 Challenge. Basically this means that from the time your kids come home from school until the time they go to bed, you are doing to disconnect. You are going to turn your laptops, iPads, tablets, Nooks, Kindles, etc. (basically anything that distracts you from giving your kids/husbands 100% of your attention) off and you will focus on your kids. This challenge stems from an amazing article that I read over at Hands Free Mama this past week. I did it this week and let me tell you, it was such an amazing feeling.

God had been putting this on my heart for such a long time but I’ve resisted. What really got my attention was how fast time goes by. Kole just turned 9 months old and I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. I’ve missed out on some simple every day things with my kids because I’ve been wrapped up in blogging and wasting time online. That little tug on my heart coupled with the article I referenced earlier and I’ve finally begun to do something about this. So, if anyone would like to take this challenge with me, I’d love for you to join me.  There is nothing you need to do to participate on my end, just purpose in your heart to “disconnect”. 🙂

Have a great week everyone!!!!

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XOXO
Diana
www.thegirlcreative.com

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  1. That is such an amazing idea! I do not have any kids yet, but all the more reason to spend that time with my husband! Thank you for the inspiration, sometimes I need a bit of a shove in the right direction.

  2. This is a lovely idea, my hubby and I were talking about the same thing. There are to many un-important things which distract us from our loved ones.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting. I am going to give it a go this week. I try to do that already but often find some sort of excuse to hop back on the computer. Thank you for the challenge and for reminding me how important it really is to have our kids and husbands KNOW that they are the most important thing no matter what!

  4. I’m feeling very much the same way. Granted my kids are older, one has graduated high school the other is in 8th grade. I feel like I look up and the year has gone. It’s a daily struggle to find time for it all, full time job, Etsy, shop, my blog, crafting and creating jewelry, and finding time for my family and home.

  5. Thanks for hosting. We purposely don’t have very many electronic devices at our house…but I’m certainly guilty of spending more time browsing blogs or wasting time online. I have two little ones at home with me, so I’ll need to think of what times would be the best to set…The hours of 3-8 is probably not enough hours for the time I should spend off-line, but thanks for putting the thought there. I should disconnect from the computer more.

  6. You cannot imagine how happy this makes me! I am honored to be mentioned as part of the inspiration behind your 3 – 8 challenge to unplug and be with those who matter most! Thank you for making my night! I am heading to your facebook page to “like” it and join you, support you, and cheer for you!

  7. I am going to do that!! Your right, time just flies by and if your not careful you miss out on things you won’t ever get back!! Thanks for hosting!

  8. Thank you for hosting. And, I’ve felt like God’s been speaking to me about the same thing, disconnect the technology, and reconnect with the family. So, I’m with you on the challenge! 🙂

  9. Today I have a treat for you-something to look forward to-spring! My Springy, Silky Scarf Shirt. It’s easy to make, fun to wear and looks good on everyone. Thanks for hosting the party once again. Have a great day!
    Rebekah-www.potholesandpantyhose.com

  10. You have one of my favorite blogs and I am so happy to link up for the first time. I also will be taking the challenge. I have been needing to do this for a while now.
    PS. I have a brand new blog and if you could find the time to stop by to check it out that would make me so happy. http://www.arosiesweethome.com/
    Thanks Rose

  11. I don’t have any kids yet, but I hope that when I do, I’ll remember to take time to ‘disconnect’. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting!

  12. For me this challenge is from 6-9 because I work full time and that’s when we send the nanny home. It’s a wirlwind when we get home. Thanks for hosting the linky party.

  13. I agree such a great idea! I’m going to do it this week!!! Love the creativity too of everyone who shared their blogs! I’m a new fan and I would like to give you the Versitile Blogger Award 😀 Have a blessed day!
    Sabrina

  14. I agree. i do a sneaky check of FB on my phone but that’s it. Then again, we don’t have internet at home, I have no ipod, no ipad, just my phone.

    But I also work fulltime so after school time is precious. We make crafts, bake stuff, dance, play games…. all inbetween me cramming clothes into the washing machine or wiping down the bathroom.

  15. I came across your blog from your guest post at southern lovely and 1. thanks for the tips, they are great and 2. I’m so glad that I found your blog! unfortunately I think we all need to be reminded to “unplug” every now and then! I look forward to linking up to your next party!

    jill
    iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

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