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I didn’t know something really important about myself until I went to college – I value a clean and organized space.  Actually, it’s more than that.  I need a clean and organized physical space to feel like I’m organized mentally.  My bedroom at home never really reflected this in high school, or in my early college years, but as soon as I had a second living space at school, I began to act on my own (totally made-up) version of feng shui.

My first order of business as a college grad was turning my bedroom at home into a happy and organized adult living space.  I painted and organized like a mad-woman, and made plenty of trips to Home Goods looking for the perfect rug to tie the space together.

Post-makeover, I’ve found that I spend more time in my own room, and that the time spent in the space feels so much more zen than it ever did before.  I’m not staring at piles of laundry that need to be put away, or feeling guilty about all the old toys and trinkets I could donate to Goodwill.  The room has a calming feel now (and a delicious lemongrass scent.)

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I didn’t expect this, but my favorite part of my new space is my desk.  I tucked it away into the corner next to my bed, right between my two windows.  It is the perfect writing spot.  During the day I have warm natural light coming in, and at night (when I prefer to write) I have a quiet space with few distractions.  Even the act of sitting at a desk (as opposed to my bed or the couch) puts me in writing mode.  I keep my desk clear when I’m not using it – it feels inviting and clean – and since the makeover I’ve kept the rest of my bedroom clean, as well.  I think that putting so much of my own time and effort into creating this new space has motivated me to keep it looking exactly the way I like it.

My clean desk is definitely indicative of the way I think – I like to tackle tasks one at a time, and I hate feeling unprepared or disorganized.  I’m sure there are people who would take a look at my desk and find it too stark and underwhelming – lots of creative thinkers prefer to have all their cards on the table… literally.  Others might say that it’s still too cluttered a space.  Speaking for myself, all I can say is that my best creative work starts (and finishes) at home.

Is there a space in your home that you love or that you’ve created just for yourself?  Let me know in the comments!

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