They say to do better about something you have to first acknowledge that you have a problem… And I have a terrible problem. Right now, just about EVERYTHING about my office is a disaster.
It started because I’ve been working a lot when I don’t feel so hot. Basically I finish something up and I’m all, DONE! and toss whatever it is off to the side rather than properly putting it away. Only half of my work is creating and making. The other half consists of me staring at a computer screen, often for hours.
I have a bazillion different programs, apps and websites I visit every single day. And I am absolutely not joking when I tell you that one of those sites I have visited 4-5 times this week I have had to request a new password for every time I’ve tried to log in. I have forgotten that dang password every. single. time. It has been crazy frustrating. I always swear that I’ll remember the password next time and then I don’t or I write it down and misplace my scrap when I need it again.
I’ve decided that with my busiest time of year in full swing it’s time to get my working life back in order. This transformation is taking hold in a few different ways. First of all I ran to the store and bought them out of hot pink plastic tubs. They only had 7 but the gray was just TOO BORING! I placed my mere 7 tubs and organized some of my more often used materials including one for the stuff I use to make lotions and potions and 3 for yarn alone. It’s just a start but it is already helping.
The top of my desk is also a nightmare and I’ve been working to put away things in their appropriate places and clean the space off. Things have been so crazy that I lost my mouse pad. Let me repeat that… my office has been such an ever-lovin’ mess that I LOST MY MOUSE PAD. Who does that? Instead I’ve been using a piece of scrap paper for notes and ideas. Now I know that my space doesn’t look too bad but that’s just because this is AFTER I started my intervention. I mean, why in the world do I have an oven mitt on my desk? Seriously. Why? Your guess is as good as mine!
Now for that whole password nightmare I’ve got a plan, too. I just recently heard about LastPass and it’s a pretty genius way to easily manage all of your passwords. Now I have one password I can always remember so it’s going to be my master password so that I can get access to LastPass to keep up with all of my passwords (with no typing required) on all of my devices. Since it updates in real time it doesn’t matter if I’m on my computer or my phone when a dreaded “must change password” screen pops up somewhere… I’ll always have the right password when I need it. Isn’t this genius? And, it’s super easy to set up. It actually scans everything and changes some of your passwords right from the get go.
LastPass will manage my logins for every place I go to online, and like I said before it is a LOT. And since all of those password strength jobbies on sites think I’m crap at making passwords up I don’t even need to bother because LastPass will generate a password that is freaking awesome and then save it for me for when I next log in again. I totally dig that this uses bank level security so somebody can’t sneak into my online bank accounts. I mean, think about all of the things you can do with your money from your computer these days. It’s equally convenient and frightening at the same time so any extra protection I can have is something I’m all gung ho over. I can even test the level of protection to ensure that there isn’t anything to be frightened about!
I can also share my passwords securely with others and that is brilliant as far as I’m concerned. No more sending multiple emails hoping somebody doesn’t piece things together and suddenly have your user name and password to your credit card account, or something. I also love that I can keep track of lots of digital records. Secure Notes can store my insurance cards, prescription details, login info for WiFi connections I use regularly, social security numbers of others I have no reason to memorize but do come in handy from time to time. Basically I have a safe vault for all of my sensitive info. SO cool! There, now… that’s digital organization starting to take shape nicely so let’s get back to that literal desk top…
Since even with all of the picking up and organizing going on in these here parts and I still haven’t found my mouse pad I decided it was time to say bye bye to the old and grab a new one. I’m not joking when I say the store had black or blue to choose from exclusively. No pretty pink or kitties or anything! Just the colors prominent in a bruise. So I decided to grab some scrap fabric, do a little bit of stash-busting of this junk I’ve going laying all around and start whipping my work space into shape.
For this project you will need:
- Fabric glue
- Mouse pad
- New craft knife blade or razor blade
Cut your fabric down so that it overlaps your mouse pad a bit.
Squeeze a healthy amount of fabric glue onto the TOP side of the mouse pad.
If necessary use a brush to evenly distribute the glue, taking special care to saturate the edges and corners.
Place the fabric with the pretty side up onto the wet pad. Use your fingers to level out and remove any bumps or creases.
Flip over and go around the edges and corners to make sure they are adhering adequately. Allow to dry several hours, overnight is best.
Once dry using a new, very sharp craft knife or razor blade trim the excess fabric away.
Go around the edge with a small amount of glue to help seal edges and prevent future fraying. Allow to dry to touch.
Boom! Isn’t it so pretty? It’s got so much more character than a bruise, too!
Old work area for computing and general mousing…
…new space. It’s so much neater!
I found that once I started to have less mess and nicer things that keeping the space clean is literally no big deal. It’s easier to keep a nice space nice than it is to start over from scratch constantly. So now I have a better desk top, I haven’t lost a password in a few days and things are looking up. Now I just need to figure out where to put those 7 hot pink tubs currently (and temporarily) residing in the guest room!
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