Turning over a new leaf

So I’ve been doing a lot of traveling this last year, and am finally home again now for a good long stretch.  Which means I finally have time to clean my office!  Here’s what it looked like a few days ago:

Can you believe that mess?  It’s a total hurrah’s nest, as my Nova Scotia grandmother used to say.  (She pronounced it “who-raw’s nest.”)  This is what happens when you’re juggling multiple deadlines and lots of travel.  But it sure makes for a horrid place to work.

I’ve been busy these past few days, sorting, tidying, filing, tossing, dusting, vacuuming, straightening, and organizing.  I finally finished last night.  Here’s what it looks like now:

Ahhh.  MUCH better — I can breathe again!  And write.  Which is what I’m going to do right now…

Tidy surroundings are a vital part of my writing process.  How about you?


54 thoughts on “Turning over a new leaf”

    • My room looks like that, minus the neatness! Once about every two months is when I clean it, and then I start to throw books onto my bed and clothes on the ground and it turns into a total hurrah’s nest again!

  1. Yes, definitly. I don’t like having my room messy either, but especailly when my bed isn’t made!!! That throws off the WHOLE feng shui. I love to write too, so having a clean, cozy surrounding helps me think and relax.

  2. Wow! I love your office! I’m a real neat freak and I like to keep everything in my room organized. I even have the books on my book shelf in alphabetical order. 😀

  3. Heather!!! Your office is MY DREAM one… so fresh,clean and pretty! I can totally picture myself in there for hours and hours working…

  4. Wow!!!!!:) i love the after photo such a cute and wonderful office! I just cleaned out my desk space yesterday! It feels great to be able to write and draw in a clean area!!! Keep writing!! 🙂

  5. Very nice. It woudl probably take a lot more than a few days to make my room clean. Unless my mom taskes everything out of my room and throws it in the hall and says I can’t go to play practice without getting everything out of the hall. It ususally works

    • Haha, your mom would have gotten along really well with mine! Cleaning is not exactly my top priority… but sometimes it just has to be done. And it always feels SO good afterwards! 🙂

  6. Oh…um well I hate cleaning but love organizing so when I write I like my desk to be super clean and I like spend half the time like shuffling papers, and straightening things, then pulling things out and…. Yeah. Do I write on my bed before I go to bed and that’s much easier.

  7. Totally agree! I’m an aspiring author myself, and though I share my room with my younger sister, I try to keep it tidy because I like it, and makes it less stressful when I just want to sit and read or write and not worry about my mess. Your office looks amazing! It looks just like my dream room! Hope you enjoy writing, because I sure will enjoy the books!!
    Love, Emily

  8. So much better! I’m not the most organized person but I don’t need everything to be in exact places. But I do need space to breathe and write!!!! Haha. Let the creativity flow. 😀

  9. Ah, now that’s better! I agree, I can be pretty messy at times, but it doesn’t take long to clean it up if you put your mind to it. 🙂

  10. Totally, I can’t even think when my room a mess. By the way heather, have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo. I is this progrm where you try to write a 50,000 page novel in a month. I am doing it now and it is really fun!!

  11. Thats a really cute desk! I’ve been begging my parents for a one (budding journalists need their space to write!) so hopefully i’ll get one this Christmas.

  12. For me, it’s not really how messy or clean wherever I’m working is, it’s more how much noise and how much other stuff there is that I have to do. I write about whatever I want to write about, so it also helps if it’s a subject that I want to write about, like something I have a strong opinion on or something that makes me really upset or happy.

  13. Wow! The before shot looks like my room now, and the after shot looks like what my room looked like the last time I cleaned it (last week…) hahaha I really need to clean up!

  14. May I just say I’m really impressed how much time you put into this blog and write amazing books!!!!! Your my role model!

  15. Hi Heather, Love your choice of colors. We’ve had a peach living room for over 40 years now – it’s so comforting. A friend called it “pink,” but peach/apricot is so much more, and just glows when the sun is going down and shines in the room. I would never change it – ever – just too perfect !!! Miss seeing you in Oregon occasionally, but love visiting everyone in St. Louis, even though it can’t compete visually with Oregon – like Colorado, but with water. Hope paths cross again, sometime.

  16. Your office (clean and messy) looks like a mash up of before and after I re arranged my room. Sort of. 😛

  17. I was wondering.. Where did you get the idea for the Hawthorne’s pink kitchen? Sorry if this is a weird question!

    • From the kitchen of the house my family rented in England a zillion years ago when I was in 6th grade. It was a 400-year-old stone cottage with a thatched roof and a gorgeous pink kitchen. I’d really love to have a kitchen like it someday!

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