Writing Words in the Laundry Room
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An answer to the question "What room do you write in and is it the physical convenience or the comfort that draws you in there?" asked by ytsenoh
A Place to Write
I have seven children and a four bedroom house, so finding a place to write is a bit of a challenge. I used to write in my bedroom at my computer. I had a pretty good setup in there with a small book shelve lined with my favorite and most useful books, and my computer stand with lots of little spaces for everything else. This served me well while I was in college getting my degree, which was just a few years ago, but we have a baby who sleeps in our room now, so being at the computer all night doesn't really work out too well. I have found that I can write just about anywhere as long as everything around me is organized, though it helps if the mood of the room is right. I like the color of the walls to be neutral, not too bright or distracting, it seems to help if the room smells pleasant, and it needs to be quiet; unless I decide to listen to some instrumental music while I write. I can't seem to write at all if there is music with lyrics playing, the words just seem to mix in with my writing and I can't seem to focus on the subject at hand. I think the second most important thing next to being organized is that the area has to be warm; I just can't concentrate if I am chilly.
The 12 by 12 Cubicle
I got this bright idea that I would buy one of those 12 by 12 metal sheds and set it up as my own personal office space out behind the garage. I checked around at several local stores for one, and eventually decided that the one at Menards was the one I wanted. It was just a little over 300 hundred dollars so I ran out and bought one. I was fairly busy at the time so it took me a few weeks to find time to put it together. I also had to figure out some sort of foundation for it because I didn't want to just build it on the ground. I got several plastic skids from a friend, which worked great to raise the building up off the ground. I covered them with a few sheets of OSB plywood, to keep them together and create a level floor surface, then I put the building together. I used it as an office for a few months, but it wasn't really working out as well as I had hoped. It was late fall now and I realized that there was no way I was going to keep it warm, and every time the wind would blow the metal would make noises. So I abandoned my little building out back as an office, but it makes a great little storage building.
I was now thinking that I could move some of the stuff out of the garage and into the new building and turn the garage into my work area. The garage was a complete mess, it was cluttered, there were things hanging on the walls every few inches apart all the way around, and it was in serious need of cleaning and painting. I went to work right away, as I was a bit excited to see the possibilities. Aside from writing, I also play music and build computers, meaning I have lots of computer parts and lots of musical equipment. I knew the garage would be perfect because it offered enough room for all three of my favorite hobbies. It took a lot of work, but I eventually got it set up the way I wanted it. I moved things to each of the three small buildings we have out back, and some went to the basement and attic. I painted inside and out, repaired some cracks in the floor, and sealed lots of little air holes. It was perfect; for everything but writing. I'm still not sure why, but I just can't seem to get much writing done out there. Maybe it’s the distraction of all the guitars and other musical gear, or maybe all the computers and parts, or both. Whatever the reason, I decided to move my writing area yet again.
In the Laundry Room
Maybe it’s just the convenience of it being in the house, and it’s already warm and smells nice, but the laundry room has turned out to be a great place to write. It took some work too; I had to reorganize, and move some furniture, and my computer, but I like it. It is at the back of the house, and is fairly quiet; I can hear the birds sing early in the morning, which is very inspiring. I even help with the laundry more now, which I'm sure my girlfriend appreciates. I use the laundry to give my self a break from sitting at my computer. The smell of the freshly washed clothes helps me relax, and the aroma fills the room when the dryer is running. It is always warm and cozy too, which is very important for me. The sound of the washer and dryer can be distracting, but I have learned to ignore it for the most part. It does get a bit hot in the summer, but it’s nothing an open door and a fan can't cure. There is a bit of extra dust, but regular cleaning keeps it at an acceptable level. It’s not perfect, but nothing is in this life. It works, at least for now, and I am happy with it. I do write just about any and everywhere, but for now my primary spot is the laundry room.
Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!