So after spending much of the last eighteen months trying to share a work space together again, Ben and I finally made the decision it’s no longer in our best interest to do so. So Ben has moved his projects and work space elsewhere in the house and I have been left with the entire fourth bedroom of our home for the sole purpose of running my business and blog from.
What’s the lesson?
If you’re in a similar situation having to share a mutual space in your home for pleasure or business, I’d definitely suggest answering these questions along with the other person.
- Clearly define the use of the space in the first place. Is there a need for you or your partner to leave tasks out on work surfaces whilst you step away? A lot of creative people need to be able to this, so they can come back later with fresh eyes and not have to set themselves back up to carry on.
- Do you need separate desks and work surfaces? Are your interests and projects similar, do you need to work on projects together?
- Is there enough room to accommodate everyone’s needs happily? This includes all of ones supplies to do what they need to do with relative ease.
- Do you have the same attitudes towards keeping things organised? Are you or your partner a neat freak or are you more of a make a mess as I go and clean up later type?
Sharing a home work space with a partner or family member can be tricky, we’ve tried several different options over the years which I have documented here in the blog. It’s taken until now with both Ben and I having full fledged very involved passions, interests and in my case business to establish once and for all it doesn’t work for us. Sure we want to be near one another, but the ways in which we work are not conducive to our momentum, creative energies and at times our relationship.
Have you ever shared a home work space or office with your partner or family member? Did it or does it work for you?