There is a room located just beyond French doors in the corner of my living room that we call the study because it has bookcases and was originally intended to have a desk with the computer on it. But JT and I are laptop junkies who prefer a wireless life. And the room was the only place in the house with space to house the elliptical (and therefore preserve my tenuous sanity). So instead of being an actual study, where we would sit in a wooden desk chair while reading the great works, it's just the room we call the study.
Last summer, during my August cleaning frenzy, I organized the book shelves. That has been a most happy development. But the desk in here was stacked with an old desktop computer and printer, the phone, cable, and computer cords plus a whole bunch of other things which had no natural home. Each winter, I would rescue a few outdoor plants and wedge them into the room to winter over. And this unsightly, dusty mess was the view for my daily workout.
Over the spring, as I looked over the desk and out the windows at my blooming lilac tree, I started to think about putting the desk surface to use as a place for plants to winter over and cats to sun. A pail for pens, the phone, and the wireless router could stay but the rest of the desk would be a much neater (and nicer) host for actual things that I enjoy looking at. I thought about this often, but there was no progress toward actually getting the done. Finally, last week I was inspired to take action. The job was nearly done before I thought to take any photos so you'll just have to trust me when I say that the table was a slattern's dream. Because all you get to see is this much-improved view: