…that is the freakin' question, amiright?!
Seriously though, I've been struggling with this decision for a while now so I thought I would write about it and see if you guys had any insight, opinions, or feedback.
Here's the sitch:
I currently live in a duplex (my hubs and I on the bottom floor, my aunt on the second floor). I do all my work and business goings-on in our living room, at a small desk right by the couch. Shipping stuff, printer, and inventory is kept in a bookcase in the front hall entryway. Craft show stuff is stored in the basement until I need it. It's a little spread out but it works. Plus, when I'm at the computer working, I can listen to a movie in the background, chat with my pups (don't judge), or carry on a conversation with my husband when he's home.
There is a large attic space on the third floor that was once two separate rooms but has been converted to one large space. Over the years, it has gone through various uses:
- When I first moved back home to Cincinnati post-college back in 2007, I actually LIVED on the third floor. My living space was in one room, my bedroom in the other, and I just shared the kitchen and bathroom with my aunt a floor below. It's amazing how we can get used to such small living quarters (Yea… remember dorm rooms? Yikes!)
- As the years rolled by, I eventually moved to the bottom floor of the duplex (where we live now) which offered more privacy and space, not to mention its own kitchen and bathroom. At the time I was finishing up the process of getting my license in massage therapy so I converted the third floor into my massage studio. This worked great for a long time because it had its own entrance and was pretty quiet.
- However, since I've been doing the illustrator/designer/biz superstar(ha!) thing full-time, I've cut wayyy back on the massage business side of things, have basically closed up shop, and only do the occasional massage here or there for friends or my loyal, regular clients. Eventually, I'd like to phase that out completely ("Too busy with a bazillion doodle orders! No time! Sorry peeps!") Now the attic space is basically used as 1) a big empty space with some art storage in one room, and 2) a massage table and a few supplies in the other.
Although I rarely venture up the three flights of stairs, I re-fall in love with the space every time I see it. It's big and open yet quiet and cozy at the same time. It's already got some great built in storage. I daydream about redecorating it in a fun super-girly style (take that, manly husband!), calling it the Buck & Libby headquarters, and holding crazy-productive day-long sessions of work and creativity in there while I rock out to some tunes. I could even put a mini-fridge up there! Or a coffee maker! Or a HOT TUB!!! (Too much, Megan…. reel it in…)
But then, reality sets in. It is HOT AS BALLS up there in the summer, and equally freezing in the winter. And sure, it's quiet, but is it too quiet? Would I feel lonely and isolated up there all by myself everyday? Would I start to dread "going to work"? And what about the three flights of steps up? I know, you're probably thinking, "that's not that far, Megan, you lazy bum", but would I get tired of lugging new inventory, craft show stuff, shipping containers, prints, etc. up and down every time I need to? I'm tired just thinking about it!
- Would help keep business and home-life separate
- Could lend itself to having more of a work schedule. ("From this time to this time I'm upstairs working…")
- I can decorate it how I want
- More space to spread out
- All of my biz stuff in one spot (as opposed to desk in the living room, storage upstairs, craft show stuff in the basement, etc.)
- I would be free from distractions with would hopefully = more productivity
- Keeping it a moderate temperature at all times could be an issue
- May feel lonely/isolated
- Hauling shipments received (print inventory, packaging, etc.) up three flights of stairs
- Unsure about the wifi strength up there
- I may need to leave room to set up the massage table for the last of my clients, at least for the time being
- Less natural light/windows/airflow