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A New Writing Zone?

  • Posted on April 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

So, my mom is buying a house.  The house has a basement.  The basement has a room.  And my mom has offered this room as an alternative to my current working quarters.  Right now my office is in my own basement, and my basement has this whole leak-when-rain thing that’s not so good for me and my allergies.  Our attempts to fix the problem revealed the need for a whole new wall—remember, this is a basement, so it’s an expensive sort of wall.

Another concern is that the basement office means that when the kids are home it sounds like elephants running over my head.  Any time there’s a meltdown I hear it, unless I have headphones or earplugs on, and it breaks my concentration.  Which would be fine, except concentration is rather important in my line of work.

This alternative office would be a good solution to my problems.  But there are reasons I’m a work-at-home mom.  Mainly, it’s because my family’s needs require me to have a very flexible schedule.  This alternative office wouldn’t interfere with that.

But, it’s also, because I can usually help in ways that others can’t when my kids have a meltdown.  Moving my office would most definitely interfere with that.

On the other hand, I have a lot of difficulty “turning off” work.  This interferes with other aspects of family life.  If I actually left my house to go to work, then that might be better.

I’m undecided.  I suspect, if I do this on any lengthy basis, I’ll have to build up to it.  This will require finding alternate strategies for a variety of different roles I fill as a work-at-home mom.  I’m not sure my family’s ready for that.  I’m not sure I’m ready for that.  But I’m starting to wonder if it’s time we found out.