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Together We are Better: Home Office Edition

Today I'm linking up with Lucky Little Learners and Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for their Together We Are Better series.  

This month we're looking at our home offices… My stomach dropped when I found out!  I just moved into a new house, and we're in the middle of renovating it!  I have grand plans to make the little bedroom at the top of the stairs into my home office (ONE DAY!) but it's not even ready for a coat of paint, let alone furniture and a blog post about it!

Well, I took a deep breath and started to think.  I still do a ton of work at home every day, although it's not in the most glorious of fashions.  However, I figure that many of you out there are also plugging away on your living room couch, or at your dining room table… and there's nothing wrong with that!  I can take myself and my career completely seriously from the couch!  With that, I present to you, my home office(s).

My first "office" is my little parlor couch.  I snuggle up on that thing with my laptop and my cozy blanket, and I'm ready to dive into a new blog post, whip up some banners, or maybe start a new product for Teachers Pay Teachers.

We just moved in this past January, but it's slowly coming together.  I don't know about you, but I am pretty much run by a motor.  I am GO, GO, GO all day, but when the battery runs out, I don't even get a flashing red warning.  My eyes simply close and I'm out for the count.  This phenomenon usually happens here on this couch… so it's a good thing it's comfortable!

There are some defining areas of this home office :)  Let's take a closer look:

A.  MY SPOT:  The hubby and I each have our designated places in this room. Our big sectional is still in the basement wrapped in cellophane, awaiting the completion of our family room. For now, this room is where we watch TV, and when we're lazy, eat dinner (FYI, we're usually lazy!) My feet curl up to my chin as I sit here facing D. For someone who lives in the fetal position, this spot is perfect for me to get my work done in comfort!

B.  HUBBY SPOT:  This hubby prefers this spot, because he can best see the TV and put his feet up on the coffee table. Sometimes I think he just says he likes the chair better so that I can hog the couch.  He has a great poker face, so I will probably never know!

C.  POWER OUTLET:  There are 3 outlets within range of the couch, which is crucial, as I'm the kind of person that forgets to charge their phone and computer at work. This couch is typically draped with cords charging up a storm!

D.  TELEVISION:  I often like to have a mindless movie on in the background as I work.  I focus best when there is a fair amount of familiar stimulus in the background.  However, I can never get ANYTHING done if I am watching a new program or movie, because I am also the kind of person that cannot focus heavily on two things at once. (Oops!) 

This is my second "office," also known as my dining room table.  Since we rarely use it for it's original purpose, it means this is where I get to spread out!  The truth of the matter is that I use this space when the hubby is playing video games or watching something on T.V. that will likely distract me.  There are some key items here that help me maximize my time (or at least enjoy it!)

A.  My Erin Condren Planner is where I jot down all of my notes for school, scheduling, ideas for blog posts, and TpT products.  It has saved me from the embarrassment of missing meetings and double booking parents.  I don't think I will ever let myself be without one again.  (And they can look brand new with a quick swipe of a clorox wipe!)

B.  Since I am switching schools at the end of the year, I am going to have to give back the Mac that I have come to rely on this year.  So… last weekend I went to the apple store and splurged!  I'm not a big shopper, but when I do, I go all out.  I am IN LOVE with this new beauty, and I can't wait to familiarize myself with the updated system and track pad!

C.  I used to spend so much time searching my computer for random files, clip art I downloaded months ago, or last year's field trip forms.  More often than not, I never found them, and had to waste more time making them/downloading them all over again.  This past year, I finally took a day (yes a whole day!) and sorted through the mess that I called my hard drive.  It was a long process, and my fingers hurt from clicking to create new folders and from dragging files between them.  However, it was well worth the effort.

To top it off, I made a desktop background image that helps me further organize my digital life by arranging my into large categories.  This way, I can still have multiple folders out, but I can quickly scan through and find exactly what I need!  If your computer specs call for a 16:10 ratio, feel free to click on the image below to grab the image for your own computer!

{Digital Paper by Gabby's Classrooms & Fonts by Kimberly Geswein}

(Blair Turner also has some great desktop organizers! Be sure to check them out!)

 D.  I needed to include my colorful flair pens, because they're really a must before ever sitting down to do work.  I need to know they're going to be right at my finger tips, just in case I need to color code my list of words that rhyme with home office!

E.  These are my noise canceling headphones.  My hubby got them for me for Christmas two years ago when I started this TpT/Blogging journey, and they've been an amazing investment.  When I'm truly in a bind to get a post done, or to get a timely TpT product up, these puppies are my best friend!  I turn on some wordless music, and away goes the sound of video games, or the DVRed show that I wanted to watch.  (Are you still trying to think of a word that rhymes with home office? Ha!)

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed your tour through my "offices."  Hopefully the next time this theme comes around I will have finished the upstairs and put some furniture in there!  'Til then, wishing you a very happy Tuesday, and thank you for stopping by!

Don't forget to check all of the amazing bloggers that linked up!  Check them out by clicking on the link below.


  1. I loved reading your post - Your living room is so pretty! And thank you for sharing your desktop background image - what a very cute way to organize our messy files! P.S. I am the same way with TV - I am horribly easily distracted, so I can't put a new movie or show on, but I love to have the background noise of old Matlock or Murder She Wrote reruns! :o)

  2. Hey Jillian! I was so excited to see that you linked up with us this month and truly hope that you come back for more future link ups. Your house looks absolutely the decor! Your post cracks me up to read! Love the realness-is that a word? Congrats on the new macbook. I JUST purchased myself a new mac desktop that I am in love with. Now, I just need to transfer all my files and spend A DAY to organize them like you mentioned that you did! I'm really looking forward to meeting you in Vegas!

  3. Your living room is so pretty! I love how you are so organized!

    Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

  4. Your house is beautiful!!! I loved the "office 1" and "office 2"!!! You're so organized and have great taste!!! LOVE IT!
    Melissa from Mrs. Dailey's Classroom

  5. OMGoodness! Love, love, love! Your built in bookshelves are stunning! Thanks for the desktop background!

    One Sharp Bunch

  6. I know this post was all about your "offices", but I am in love with your living room! Especially the beautiful bookshelves!!! I'm totally jealous right now! :)

  7. I'm so glad I saw this!! I love your house!!! :) It is beautiful!!! Must.Get.Files.Organized!!! Thank you for the desktop organizer!

  8. Beautiful! We are moving into a new home next week and I will actually have space to have an office. I'm super excited. I LOVE, LOVE the desktop organizer!

  9. You color coded your book shelf?!!!! Have we been separated at birth? That's amazing. Your office is beautiful, and the desktop graphic is perfection. Thanks for sharing!

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE this desktop organizer! It is perfect and just what I was looking for!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Beautiful! I'm going to link up later this month when I finally have a little time to blog!


  12. This is BRILLIANT! Thank you so much for sharing! My desktop is SO happy now! :-)


  13. "I often like to have a mindless movie on in the background as I work. I focus best when there is a fair amount of familiar stimulus in the background" I got a "smart TV" for my birthday. AWESOME. Now I can watch TV shows I've already seen (either Netflix of Amazon Prime that don't require much concentration from me. Without the noise however, I can't work!

  14. Jillian...SOS! Please come help me organize my files!!! I'm so overwhelmed by the thought. :) Your home and office are absolutely beautiful too!