One that I've been trying to solve for months is the homework challenge. Between 4.30 and 5.30 Monday to Thursday we usually have some homework and piano practise issues. Our eldest son does most of his paper-based homework in his room and that now works well unless he's on the computer while his youngest brother practises the piano . . . haven't figured that one out yet, except to give incentives to the piano practices and to physically stand between them!
|It's not fancy, but it folds up easily, for the times when we|
want more space for entertaining (or a Christmas tree...)
The other desk issue is mine. I have a tiny workstation in the corner of the dining room, wedged between our electronic piano and the sliding door to the back yard. This is where our family laptop and printer sits. There are no drawers and very little bench space. (US=counter, I think.) This is not new, I've functioned with this little workstation since our third year in Japan. But the one thing that has changed is that with my editing work, I'm working on the laptop more than ever before.
|Not the greatest photo, but can you see the desk in the corner?|
On the weekend my husband wondered if hunching in front of a laptop was an issue for me too. So we're thinking about using a monitor and keyboard instead. RIght now I'm trying out a monitor borrowed from school and it definitely has my neck in a more neutral position. As an OT who studied ergonomics at uni, I should have figured this out a long time ago (to take some credit, I have the rest right, an appropriate height of chair, foot stool (short legs) and wrist rest.) Extra hardware isn't something we really want to buy, but as my husband says, if it works, in the long run it is cheaper than osteopaths and pain killers. Not to mention that I'd love to be free of these headaches!
Ah, when you have little space on a modest income in a rented house you have to be a good problem solver to figure it out some issues. Thankfully I love solving problems.