Redecorating The Office; Reassembling My Life

Article by: Rosemary Hauschild

Have you ever started a major project, then in the middle of it, wondered if you'd lost your mind and wanted to scream, "Stop! Put it all back!"Âť?

Well, that's about what happened at our house , The concept of positive and negative spaces in interior design recently.

For months, my husband Jim had been declaring that we were going to tear apart our home , Wallpaper - Is It "In" or "Out?" office, clear out 15 years of accumulated "stuff"Âť (OK - junk! , Chairs - History Part VI ), spiff it up with fresh paint , Home Decorating Tips - How to Change a Rooms Dimension using Wall Pictures and make it look and feel like a truly professional business office. The time finally came, and I started clearing things out of the room. , 5 Tips to Create Style and Elegance in Your Home

Finally one weekend, every book was off the shelves that line the upper half of two walls , Your Mattress Must Be Right for You in the office and spread all over the adjoining family room. , Baby Bedding – A Guide To A Safe Crib. Within hours, office equipment, filing cabinets, the computer desk and lots of other things covered the pool table, the small dining table, and better than 50% of the available floor , Wholesale Picture Frame space.

Then, before I could make a graceful exit from email, Word and other computer functions (yes, including solitaire!), the mumble jumble of cords around the computer came undone. Not only were we off-line, our phones , The Arts & Crafts Movement for Beginners went down (we use voice over internet , Candle Chandeliers protocol), the printer was unplugged and the computer became just about useless.

The withdrawal symptoms started immediately! It was like living again in the "dark ages"Âť before technology changed the way we connect with the world. At least the cell phones , The Best Quilts, Quilt Patterns, and Quilt Fabrics still worked - as long as the batteries stayed charged.

On Saturday I found myself feeling quite lost, disconnected and disoriented. Meantime, Jim was painting but not exactly enjoying the work. I found myself wandering in and out of the office, watching the progress and listening to him complain. Fortunately, our granddaughter was here for a visit (upstairs and away from the office), so I was successfully distracted. As the work went on and the new office started taking shape, screaming really wasn't an option. So, I found myself thinking about our relationship with technology. When I first began my career in the 70's, I worked for a public relations agency where all of our writing was done on manual - yes, manual! - typewriters, and "white out"Âť was the only way to correct our work if we didn't want to start over. (By the way, I'm not that old; the agency just refused to invest in electric , The Benefits of Metal Bunk Beds typewriters. Who knows, maybe they have them by now!)

In some ways, I was surprised to find myself so frustrated about lack of computer access. Then, I realized how many relationships I've developed over the past 5-10 years where technology has been the driving force in enabling these many enriching connections in my life. It still amazes me to realize that I can type a few sentences here in Minnesota, push the "send"Âť button and have my words arrive seconds later in Hawaii, Florida or even Europe.

Once we started reassembling the office, I also realized that being disconnected for a few days was a small price to pay for the improvements , Home Decorating Tips - How to Change a Rooms Dimension using Wall Pictures coming out of this project. Our son Jon just got his own computer; we resurrected the old computer that had been gathering dust, and we got the main computer back up and running. Soon, with the help of our computer consultant, we will have all three computers networked. More importantly, we will have reduced competition for computer time. And, besides having the office looking good, we've also eliminated old stuff we don't need and reconfigured things so work will be easier and quicker.

And, now that we're done, Jim is feeling quite proud of his work and I'm feeling grateful.

But, for Pete's sake! Let's not do this again for another 15 years.

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Rosemary Hauschild is an innovation and creativity business coach serving individuals developing intellectual property. , Bedding - Are You Relaxed At Night? Impact Coaching Internationalâ„¢ offers a year-long program showing creative individuals how to , Interior Decorating and Home Decor With Inuit Art from the Arctic North protect, promote and profit from their innovative ideas in less time and with more profits. Individual coaching services are also available. To learn more about how to , Bedding - Are You Relaxed At Night? protect and promote your intellectual property, , A Fleece Throw Blanket Can Bring a Fresh Look to Your Furniture you are invited to subscribe to the free e-zine, Creations Of The Mindâ„¢, by sending an email to with the following phrase in the subject line of your e-mail: subscribe creations list. To contact Rosemary directly, please email

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