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But where will my ceramic phrenology head go?

By Eden Kennedy |

I’ve got to figure out how to make room for a new computer in my house. A computer to watch movies on. A computer with a big, flat screen that will stream Netflix like a champ.

I’m pretty sure that this is where it* is going to go:

The space, as they say, has potential, but it’s suffering from closet overspill. Before I can put away that orange skirt and all the shoes on the floor, I need to go through my closet and fill a bag with donations for the Salvation Army. I can get the other shoes off the desk once I sell them on eBay. There is no place to put that blue quilt, so for the moment it’s been awarded its own swivel chair. And the computer monitor that hasn’t been used since 2008? I write notes to myself on that. In dust.

It’s not exactly a borderline hoarder situation, but it’s ugly, and the space is not exactly ready to welcome a new inhabitant.

We’ve been an all-laptop family for several years now. It’s nice to be able to work or watch cartoons or while away the hours playing “Who deleted that e-mail?” in whatever room suits you at any given time, but we bought this place because it had a sunny extra bedroom we could all use as an office, and what’s happened to it? Well, I clear the floor and roll out my yoga mat in there five days a week. I use the office closet because my husband claimed the master closet for his very own. (He has more polo shirts, jeans, sport coats, AND sunglasses than I do, so it only seemed fair.) It has a bunch of bookshelves in it, which is quaint now that I read almost everything on an e-reader. So the office has become a dead zone.

What I want this to be is a nice place to hang out, and having a big ol’ working computer in here could open up a lot of possibilities, some of which may possibly involve teaching the dog to blog, but most of which involve not having to crowd around a laptop to stream movies.

Will a couch fit in there? A mini-fridge? A popcorn-dedicated microwave?

Give me a couple of days and let me see what I can do.

*This post is sponsored by Dell because they want you to know about their new Inspiron All-in-One 2320 and they’ve asked me to help give one away. This giveaway will run until Friday, October 28th at 11:59 p.m. EDT and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has four (4!) chances to win by  leaving a separate comment on each of my Dell posts. Plus there are other Dell posts by other bloggers participating in this campaign (you can find those posts at the Family Tech topics page), and you could possibly win over there, too! The chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

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98 thoughts on “But where will my ceramic phrenology head go?

  1. palinode says:

    I’m thinking of taking a sandblaster to my office, because all other attempts at cleaning just haven’t cut it.

  2. Trish says:

    my “office” downstairs is our storage room since we moved in. In February. I don’t think it will get to office status anytime this year. There’s always 2012 right? Except that whole Rapture thing is happening this week right? Dang, oh well.

  3. Mathew says:

    my office is in my bedroom, in a little corner. it has permanent closet spill because my closet is the size of a shoebox. one day i will finally make it to ikea and lo! i foretell much organizing that day (well, more likely weekend)

  4. Dawn says:

    My office is a forgotten zone, too. I only go in there to stack stuff that needs to be filed and then I close the door behind me.

  5. Amy K says:

    Your office looks surprisingly like my office, except you actually hung nice pictures on the walls. I really need to clean!

  6. Erika Marie says:

    My husband wants to use MY 5 yr old laptop to cheat at Sim City. My laptop is just not big enough for the both of us so I’m going to have to either get a new computer or kill my husband.

  7. Mimi says:

    My home office is slowly turning into a walk-in closet where I watch Netflix on my desktop as I get dressed.

  8. Linda says:

    I thought cleaning/organizing angst was for the Spring, but no, I guess its ongoing!

  9. Karen says:

    I recently went through the seasonal purge in an effort to get rid of “stuff” and make room for a few family items with sentimental value. Rather than falling victim to the “I can sell this on ebay” trap, I’m giving everything away on freecycle. It makes letting go less painful.

  10. TW says:

    Our office gets really cold in winter and the bedroom turns into the winter quarters. Best part of the office: prairie dogs by my desk. Or worst part, because they can be distracting and hypnotizing.

  11. styro says:

    Look, I’m straight up commenting because I need a new box on which to play Lady D&D since my old laptop doesn’t cut it anymore. So if it’s like a sponsor one get one free dealie for you, I’ll be more than happy to leave a note here to help you reach your goal of Netflixin’ while Freecyclin’. Then maybe you can join our Monday Night all-lady D&D game. We wear headsets. It’s pretty fresh.

  12. Sarah says:

    And with this I realize that I am far more interested in what your house looks like than in any of the “design-y” bloggers homes. I am pretty sure that says most excellent things about you.

    My desk, purchased unfinished, has one coat of stain on it and a hell of a lot of laundry.

    (The laundry could totally be piled onto the chair to make room for a computer, though. Totally. Particularly if I surround the whole caboodle in chicken wire.)

  13. Kara says:

    I also have an old (seemingly) useless desktop in a similar office. Except I installed a program called tvercity and stream movies or whatever i’ve downloaded to my ps3 in the living room, which also can be used to steam netflix. It’s an ideal setup. The office has just turned into a server closet with book shelves that I go into once a month or so to balance the bank acct and post bills. Of course I have no husband hogging all my glorious closet space

  14. Siobhan Wolf says:

    The living room has become my office, and my office has become the catch-all for things that don’t yet have a home. There is always a computer on the coffee table.

  15. Beth says:

    The corner of my kitchen serves as my office. I usually have a kid hanging from each arm asking to go to “Sprout online dot com now?”

  16. sarah says:

    Oh, I would love to have a dedicated yoga/movie streaming room. But I have a toddler. So everything is everywhere.

  17. Eden Kennedy says:

    I love each and every one of you.

  18. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    There’s not one room in my home that has enough closet space – I can relate to your qualm :)

  19. brandon says:

    well, a laptop is easier for home invaders to steal. then again, in a fire, a desktop is harder to carry out. of course, you also need to consider which one emits more harmful radiation.

    human suffering: driving purchasing decisions for 6,000 years.

  20. Erika says:

    Actually, I’m pretty sure everyone needs a room for storage. Throw everything you can’t bear to part with in there and shut the door.

  21. Gabie says:

    I have my grandparents’ desk in my kitchen with no computer to place on it.

  22. Sheila says:

    I have a monstrous, though comfy, sofa bed you can have for your new space. You just have to come to Wisconsin and –here’s the hard part– carry it down a flight of stairs to claim it.

  23. Scott Sanderfer says:

    Have Jennifer give you a hand, she rules at space pimping

  24. Ariana says:

    I have a six year old mac that is, miraculously, still working (albeit slowly). Computers are a great resource for connecting people. Having friends all over the world, I cannot imagine being able to keep in touch with all of them without one. But I have to say that I still get more thrill out of a letter coming through the snail mail slot. There is something magical about the time it took to hand write, all the lives that letter passed through on its way, and the permission I give myself to sit down with a cup of hot tea and read it. I think balance is essential. computers help keep me connected with the world, but letters remind me to stay present and give attention to details.

  25. Elizabeth E says:

    My laptop is dying and that computer looks glorious!

  26. The Other Laura says:

    I am sharing my studio (where I write) with with 6 five gallon bottles of spring water at the moment but I’d happily share it with a new computer!

  27. Amy says:

    my laptop will be taken over by my daughter soon, this would make Momma very happy.

  28. Cassie says:

    Please. Please. I really need a new computer!

  29. Stephanie says:

    Don’t teach the dog to blog. All they do is compare how the other dogs smell and whatever their latest find in the backyard was. You really don’t want to know what the dog thinks.

  30. Brenna says:

    Awesome! I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  31. erin says:

    My office is a total dumping ground. I understand.

  32. snozma says:

    As a true borderline hoarder, I have to say you have a great shot at a good space. I say you go full hippie with pillows and bean bag chairs. Bean bags are actually IN. There is a store at the mall and everything!

  33. Angela says:

    My office is the corner of my kitchen, which is sort of a bummer, yet sort of awesome. That box of crackers and a drawer full of cheese is never more than an arm’s reach away… Right now the desk (aka cafe bar table) holds an outdated computer, several skeins of yarn, a check book, and a dusting device that really needs to be used. Maybe today. (Probably not.)

  34. Tamera says:

    Just clear out enough space for you all to sit and a little area for the computer. You don’t need to do a whole overhaul. Except get an ICEE machine to go with the popcorn.

  35. Misty Dawn says:

    Ohhhhh what I would give to have a dedicated office just for me! My ‘office’ is my laptop on my lap, while I’m sitting on my bed.

  36. Laura says:

    A new computer with a huge screen for streaming movies sounds awfully nice!

  37. Laura says:

    When we moved out of our furnished home last year, we bought so much furniture all at once. And then ran out of steam and money before getting to the office. So the office is now a storage closet and I work at the dining room table. This problem needs to be addressed! A new computer could force the issue!

  38. Amy Lee says:

    I have the same issue my ‘office’ turned into a linen closet.

  39. M. says:

    I’m a little jealous of the office space! I have a desk in my bedroom, which… well, frankly, tends to attract more objects than is probably healthy. ;)

  40. Cathy says:

    My “formal” dining room has become my office. Its also the place we hide dirty dishes when people unexpectedly show up. I’m pretty classy like that.

  41. Keri says:

    Since having our 3rd boy and a house full of guest (5 kids and 5 adults total!), my house is now a war-zone. One that we will recover from? That remains to be seen…

  42. Stephen says:

    We’re looking to buy a house now. I can tell already this will be an issue…

  43. Lisa says:

    My “office” is in my semi finished basement that has huge amounts of crap that no one ever seems to know what to do with. It’s dark and dank like most basements as well. I hope to have a laptop soon and never have to come to the basement again! One day I will join the future and no longer use my ancient desktop…

  44. tadpoledrain says:

    I’ve decided that more space is just a reason for more crap, so less space is the way to go. Too bad I already own so much crap.

  45. Allie says:

    My office is my bedroom, and occasionally my living room. Laptops are the best.

  46. Jo Bru says:

    My office is my son’s playroom. While he does build fantastic “cities” it’s hard to get work done when the room feels messy. I have a full time job and I work from home, so I spend a lot of time in this room. We try to clean it up each night, but as he gets older he just has more and more stuff. We need a garage sale or something, but it’s hard for him to let stuff go. Sigh.

  47. beyond says:

    m office is usually my knees, you know, where my laptop has room.

  48. julie says:

    I was worried when we moved 2.5 years ago because our new place doesn’t have a basement. But now I am so glad we don’t have one because it forces us to live with our stuff rather than just stow it out of sight. Which is not to say that we live in a palace of simplicity — the war on clutter is never-ending.

  49. Sumo says:

    I see nothing wrong with that space.

  50. Adrianna says:

    Same boat here. The husband and I love the flexibility we get from our laptops, but we’ve recently entered the market for a desktop. We need the better processing power (oh hey, whaddaya know, we were looking pretty closely at that Inspiron but couldn’t afford it right now), but we also need the excuse to clear out and maintain our office space. It’s never going to be pristine, not when it’s the only “storage” we have in a tiny apartment, but seeing the floor now and then might be nice.

  51. Nora says:

    Hello, my name is Nora, and I’m the adult child of hoarders. I manage to keep my own squirreling tendencies to a minimum, with two exceptions: My email inbox (I cannot, will not delete that email), and my bedroom. The latter is a problem because it is not just my bedroom, it’s my partner Brian’s as well. And the poor man is forced to perch on a bed that is, to all appearances, floating on a sea of books and clothing.

    But I’m currently undergoing a radical simplification plan that we’re calling ‘holy balls we’re moving onto a boat.’ I’m going to have to get rid of 85% of my clothes and nearly all of my books. And no tchotchkes, unless I keep them on my desk at work. It’s surprisingly relaxing to contemplate.

  52. Warrior Woman says:

    Just make sure to leave room for the phrenology head!

  53. Devon says:

    We have one of these rooms….that we’ll be converting BACK to a nursery next year. So I can sympathize with the catch-all situation AND needing to straighten things up. Good luck!

  54. Caelan says:

    ooh! a corner desk! I love corner desks!

  55. Amy says:

    What a great motivation for cleaning up and organizing. Media center. Totally want one!

  56. Linda Noble says:

    I read an article on TYPES of clutter and I think it will help me sort through and get rid of a lot of the clutter I have. There’s sentimental clutter, buyers remorse clutter, memorabilia clutter…its amazing. It helps me categorize and therefore DEAL with the stuff so I can get rid of some of it, organize the rest and move on.

  57. Erica says:

    Ooh, perhaps a popcorn-dedicated microwave and a frozen margarita machine. You’d have people bribing you left and right to get invited over for movies.

  58. Jesse B. says:

    I’m reading these posts backwards and you’ve done a great job! I may be inspired for my weekend project!

  59. Mary Cobb says:

    We just went room to room and got rid of TONS of stuff. It feels so good. I think my days of hoarding are coming to an end and I couldn’t be happier.

  60. Andi says:

    I always see makeover shows and think, “Yeah, that’s nice… For about 2 days.”

  61. KJ says:

    It always feels so good to get organized. I keep trying!!

  62. Erin says:

    My home office is the most embarrassing part of my house. It’s so hard to keep it organized. A new computer would be good motivation, though!

  63. harmony says:

    My home office is a nook in my dining room. I can relate.

  64. Lee Cockrum says:

    I think most of have the same sort of dilemma!! Entropy runs rampant, especially in office spaces!!

  65. Stephanie says:

    I haaaaaaate decluttering almost as much as I hate purging clothes! When I finally went through all of our clothes, I ended up with about 20 bags to donate (family of 9).

  66. MLtheimpossible says:

    I need a new room to accommodate my office. My boyfriend and I moved in together recently, and there are still 6 large boxes of “man” stuff to go through. …Should have gotten a larger place!

  67. Julie Jackson says:

    me me me!! Me need Dell BAD!

  68. Ris says:

    I think a mini-fridge is pretty much required for me to work effectively for long periods of time. And by that I mean whole half-hour increments.

  69. Elizabeth in Chicago says:

    My desk is a mess, but I know I could make room! Yes, please!

  70. Kelly says:

    I would love to have the burden of finding a space for this…:)

  71. Rebe says:

    I know the perfect spot for this computer…

  72. Dawna Osborne says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a husband who hogs the closet.

  73. RJ says:

    I, too, am envious of your awesome corner desk! Amazing potential!

  74. Terra says:

    A mini-fridge in an office sounds like a great idea!

  75. colina says:

    I love the wall of family photos :)

  76. Wendi says:

    I think a mini fridge is a great idea too :D

  77. Caroline says:

    I too would love the challenge of finding somewhere to put this new computer!

  78. Tina C. says:

    I’m a little envious of your office, messy though it may be. We’re currently using our livingroom as an “office” with extra office-like things (a filing cabinet, all our office supplies, etc.) living in my toddler boy’s room. Not ideal, but what can you do? :)

  79. va says:

    Can I get a ceramic phrenology head too?

  80. Janet says:

    how about a big puffy beanbag chair?

  81. Emily says:

    I agree, trying to find space for a new computer is a great challenge!

  82. Emily says:

    I still do not have a twitter account. No one really wants to know what I am doing that much!

  83. Chelsea says:

    Haha! great post

  84. Daniel says:

    Cool computer!

  85. Chels P says:

    I hope I win!

  86. Krista says:

    Very nice. Thanks!

  87. robynski says:

    My MIL moved in. Winning this would make hiding in my room so much easier!

  88. Erika says:

    Sign me up.

  89. Sara T. says:

    My “office” looks like this nook. And now I think I need a mini-fridge!

  90. Carmen says:

    Looks similar to my office. I don’t have clothes spilling over, but crafts!

  91. kara says:

    Very funny post

  92. Emily says:

    i would love to win this!

  93. Lo says:

    I wish I had such a nifty little office space. Nothing but a cramped apartment here! :)

  94. Alyce says:

    It’s raining cats and Inspirons over here.

  95. FlippyO says:

    Hmm, if I adopt out 10 cats that should give me enough room for a new computer.

  96. MP says:

    I read your posts out of order. I know you can do it.

  97. Leigh-Ann says:

    The bumps on my head say I need a new computer…

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