My Office Catastrophe!

As promised, I cleaned my office.

However, when I showed my husband these pictures, he asked if they were the before pictures! Seriously, I never considered my space cluttered until I photographed it.

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I’m horrified that I spend 20 hours a week in such a boring, un-thought-out, cluttered and non-decorated place. I am not proud of the results. Even my adorable piano top desk fades into the surroundings without intention.

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Let’s talk temperaments for a minute:


REDS are focused, driven and thrive on accomplishing tasks and goals. REDS are rarely concerned with ambiance.

Obviously, my RED side walks into my office with the express purpose of writing and completing tasks at hand. I certainly do not come in here to enjoy myself or glean creativity from the surroundings.

Studies show that quiet environments significantly boost productivity for brain work. I intentionally use my flat screen TV only while walking on my treadmill early mornings. DVDS, necessary for projects on my docket, are viewed for work as well. I do not play background music, and usually keep the door closed, so as not to be distracted by any outside interference – so RED.

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Even the look on my face is that of a RED.  (I smiled in the next picture; but, my posture was not flattering, so you get this one.)

I am half YELLOW and you would never know it by looking at my office!

YELLOWS love color and energy and fabulous spaces. YELLOWS dislike plain white walls, and yet, here they are – covered with a plethora of show playbills and unorganized family pictures. YELLOWS need fun and sparkle.

This office is SO not me. My YELLOW side has been sadly neglected.

So, I am officially declaring these my “office BEFORE” pictures. I promise to make changes.

It may take six months to transform my office into a space a fun YELLOW will enjoy. I am committed to add color and décor, and make it a place into which I might invite friends to come and join me for a cup of tea.

BLUES, I would love some input from you organizers out there. I do fine with decorating, but organization is my downfall. Can you tell? I still need my books and equipment – but, obviously, I need to downsize and hide most of it. I predict my BLUE sister Susan will have some suggestions- I will gladly accept.

BLUES of the world, please HELP with my office catastrophe!

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Paula Allaire

    Yep you do need to go through your books. The problem is that you haven’t arranged them with any style pleasing to the eye. Stand them up , lay them down, add a picture or two, add something that makes you happy.

    • thekathleenchapman

      I’m on it! Thanks!

      • Paula Allaire

        If you need help just give me a call. Big hugs to you

        • thekathleenchapman

          Thank you! Thank you!

  • Cheryl O’Neil

    Wait…you have a desk under your computer? 😉
    I think it looks great!

    • thekathleenchapman

      See? There is a desk!

  • Jill Brownlee Wolf

    I find you can create “hanging” space while hiding the less organized things like books with a cool cabinet with doors. Then you can leave your books organized as they are and you can put some of your family pics and playbills on the doors. This creates space on the walls for some colored paint. Go yellow or red (your colors) for one of the walls. It will add inspiration and give the room some dimension. The CDs and tapes can go into the cabinet to eliminate the cluttered look of it. And you could add a floating shelf above where you have the CD player to put your CD player and speakers. This opens up the top of your file cabinet for workspace.

    Just some ideas. I too am not the neatest in my workspace.

    I found an important concept about organization in a book I recently read, about organization. She says you can’t have someone else organization system, because it won’t be intuitive to you and your work patterns. So, if your books and CDs are organized the way you find them best – then just hide the “cluttered” look in a cabinet with doors.

    Hope this helps. I love doing things like this.


    • thekathleenchapman

      Jill, I’m married to a cabinet maker- never thought of ENCLOSING my mess! Love it! And trust me, I’m going to paint these walls- thanks so much!