Organized Chaos: A Tour of FBG Kristen’s Writing and Work Space

For this round of Question of the Week, we are going super behind the scenes of FBG with a little tour (via photos or video) of each FBG’s writing and work space. Large or small, in need of cleaning or not, it’s—as they say on MTV Cribs—where the “magic” happens! So read and watch as we answer the question: “What does your work space look like?”



Hard at work (with a furry little assistant).

I know a lot of work-at-homers have an office set up in a corner of their bedroom or a nook in the hallway, and, well, I’m really thankful that we have enough space in our house for a dedicated office space. Well, a shared dedicated office space—my husband has his desk set up right behind me, the cat’s favorite perch is right next to me, and one of the dogs’ favorite sleeping spots is right under my desk, so I’m rarely truly alone while working.

Aside from my work at FBG, I’m also an editor for a pet website and a project manager for a social media agency, so I spend a lot of time at my desk. I have a few pictures of family, a few inspirational messages, and a whole slew of Post-Its surrounding me. I also have books and videos, both for review and reference, piled in various spots. It might look like a bit of a mess, but I guarantee you, I know where everything is.

One of my favorite things about my office space is the fact that I have a window right next to me, so I very rarely have to use artificial light while working. The natural light really helps to boost my mood. The only problem is, for a few weeks in the winter (like, right now), there are a couple of hours in afternoon where the light streaming in is so bright and so direct that I have to change locations.

The couple that shares an office together ... generally has to share their conference call schedule.

The couple that shares an office together…generally has to share their conference-call schedule.

That being said, changing it up isn’t a bad thing. I rarely actually take my laptop and leave the house, but not all work is done at the computer. A lot of my writing is 90 percent finished by the time I sit down to actually type it out—I think up posts while I’m driving, while I’m working out, while I’m sitting around, watching TV…you get the idea. If I were to post pictures of everywhere I “worked,” this post would be about a million pictures long!

How much of your actual work takes place in front of a computer? Do you come up with ideas when you’re away from your workspace, too? —Kristen

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  1. FBG Tish says:

    That’s actually a good point Kristen…I do think up most of my posts away from the desk. Constantly jotting down notes!

  2. Debbie E. says:

    Well I’ve been putting it out there that my number 1 New Year’s resolution is to become more organized, so this is a timely post. I do a lot of work at my computer and really trying to ween myself from the Post-It notes. Not even those cute apps seem to help, but I’m trying!