As we headed toward the new school year, I felt the need for a few new workspaces. The more classes I outsource, the more the kids use the computer (read: internet) to connect with teachers and the outside world. And because it’s the internet, the more we need safeguards to keep all of us accountable.
The old one set-up gave me a nice view from the computer station, but I couldn’t see what the kids were doing on the computer when I walked by. This desk gives us two workstations and a nice view of the monitor from the hallway.
Second: a device charging station. (It’s the basket threatening to vomit cords onto the floor at any minute.)
Moriah asked for three things for her birthday: #3, a camera, #2 a phone, and #1 a LIVE cat. Well, I wasn’t up for #1, but #2 and #3 could be combined. Sam made her write an essay on why she should have a phone. She wrote 3 pages, and (most of) her points were apt. So we gave her a phone with a camera on it and a phone case that looks like a cat. [Compromise.] We quickly made a rule that all phones had to live on the main floor (away from the bedrooms) and then had to make them a place to live. Hence, this charging station. For the most part, it’s working, although I had to put a good-sized hole in the backboard of the bookcase to fit the plug of the surge protector through it.
We’d been looking for the right ones for awhile- since we moved in, really- and it turns out that Sam and I had completely different ideas of what we wanted. In the end, we went with what was available. And while there was considerable push-back from a certain child who really prefers to work on the couch, this has become an acceptable workspace. See?
I’m calling this one a win.
Finally, I wanted a place for games that wasn’t the kitchen table so we could set up a game or puzzle and leave it up through a mealtime (or two). Hence the coffee table.
Have you been tweaking your interior environment lately?