I am a desk person =). If I am to manage the household well, I need a bit of office space (not to mention that I just love office supplies and prefer an office store to a clothing store, LOL). As long as I can remember I had some kind of a desk and although I share it with other family members, I was still the main user. In our old house the desk was in the living room and I could work on it and still see what was going on in the whole downstairs. When we had to move to our temporary housing last summer, I managed to arrange a little space on the big table where I had my notebook and a simple filing system combined with all my sewing. But it worked (and I could see through the window while working, always knowing who was coming or going as a bonus, ~grin~).
When we moved last December in our new house, there wasn't much time to think about the layout of the rooms and our heavy desk was deposited into the family room and stayed there for several months. We set up the family computer on the desk and because we don't have a router and share the same modem, I ended up most of the time sitting next to the desk on a sofa chair.
That worked fine for email and such, but doing something more complex was impossible because I had no place to put any papers. Here is me and my youngest in our "computer spot" a few weeks ago:
I coudln't go on like that anymore and so I started thinking of a new solution for a desk for me. My oldest and me drew some very nice possible solutions - one would be a custom made T-formation and another a corner office area, but we can't afford any new furniture at the moment, so that woudln't work out. So, I think I found a good temporary solution. We turned the large desk away from the wall. I feel like in an office now ~smile~. Then we took a small desk that didn't work properly anymore and was just in the way in one of the children's room and adapted it for the family computer. My dear husband took out the non-functional drawers and changed that space in a computer housing part (cutting a big hole in the back for ventilation). But the desk was not deep enough. We have one of those old huge computer screens and the desk could barely fit the screen, much less the keyboard. So, he took two old shelves from a dissasembled closet and screwed them onto the deskt top. He even cut a hole for the cables. Now the screen, the keyboard, the speakers and the scanner fit on this space and that's all that the children need. It worked out great and you can barely notice the ugly finish.
And now I finally have the desk back with all it's large drawers and space for my computer, writing space and filing space. I am so happy. It's so much easier to work when I know what's where and when I dont' have to move constantly with my things. And we can share the modem and the scanner. I am so happy.