“What is in your desk drawers?”

I had a desk in my study for maybe twenty five years. It was a cheap if well designed desk with plenty of room for everything. In my right top drawer I had a dazzling array of pens, pencils, and markers. It was probably twice as much as I ever could have used up.

I had chosen the bottom drawer to store our family pictures in. It was full to overflowing, but somehow I never found the time to organize it.

The top left drawer was filled with various office supplies; post it notes, paper clips, rulers, index cards, glue, etc.

The bottom left drawer contained printer paper and various notebooks.

I had a comfortable desk chair, and the top of the desk was the perfect height. I could sit there and write all morning.

Well, when I retired we decided to redo the study. It turned out to look beautiful, but my nice desk had seen better days, and it was too far gone to repair. We replaced it with a simply gorgeous antique desk that matched the custom bookcases we’d had built. As I said it was a beautiful room.

However, I found that I just couldn’t work in that room anymore. The desk was just a little too tall, and I was afraid to eat in the room for fear I’d drop something on the new rug. My husband wasn’t too sad for me. He said, “If you don’t want it I’ll take it.” So that’s what happened. The drawers are filled with his stuff now.

So what did I do? I found exactly what I wanted at Amazon. I can sit in my recliner and write to my heart’s content. As you can see from the picture, I do usually have some company. Will I ever get another desk? I doubt it. I’m happy just the way I am.

Oh, where do I keep my papers and things? See the curio cabinet in the picture? I keep them behind those two doors on the bottom.

Would you miss a desk if you didn’t have one?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Nothing

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Your work area looks comfy! I’m afraid I’d do more napping than working, though.


  2. Greta says:

    My desk is a six-foot long plastic table. It’s like the ones you can buy at Sam’s club, which is where I bought it. I love my simple desk. It makes writing comfortable. It even has space for my cat Pearlie Blue to roam.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      That’s what my husband was using before he took the new desk, and really it fit him better than the new desk. He has a tendency to spread out and leave piles of stuff everywhere, and the table gave him lots of space to do it. I bet your cat helps you write too.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m glad that you are content with the portable desk that interacts nicely with your recliner.
    And I think it’s great that your original study has been re-purposed as your hubby’s man-cave.
    That said, if it were ME who gave up the study space, I think I would mourn that loss.
    One question: does hubby snack in the study with the expensive rug?


  4. You look so happy and contented! Good for you. Where you are looks lovely and I’d love to see the bookcases and the antique desk.
    My back would not let me work like that. I am an edgy writer anyway. I can’t seem to gear-up to the laptop that was left behind here, so I am on one computer or another at desks to write, and get online.


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