Have I mentioned I work at my kitchen table…

by Janice

A seventy five pound monkey is climbing on my back as I try to type.

“Nobody is playing with me…” he complains.

“Jackson… I am trying to write a post about you.”

“Write a post that I want to play with you,” his arms tighten around my neck as his Dad reprimands, “Jackson you are going to break that chair…”

Life without an office is challenging – but entertaining…

Jackson climbs off the back of my chair, distracted by his sweet tooth.

“Mom, can I have some cookies and milk.”

“Jackson. You already had cookies at lunch.”

“But Mom – I said cookies AND milk.” As if the goodness of milk negates the sugar.

He flashes me his clever smile. I swear that child better make something of his negotiating skills. I give in as I keep typing.

Soon it will be bedtime. No wonder I work after dark.



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 SarahHub September 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Me too. Naps and bedtime are the only times I can post. I write from a desk in the kitchen!

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2 susieshomemade September 24, 2008 at 10:32 pm

My “office” is in the living room. Maybe I will post about it someday. It’s cozy but it is home…once the kids go to bed:-)

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3 Sarah at themommylogues September 24, 2008 at 10:39 pm

My office is in the kitchen. I try to run freelance graphic design services. With a 5 & 3 yr old. HA. Thank goodness tomorrow is Thursday, and they both have school.

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4 Jamie September 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm

It’s so fun to hear how other moms are doing it :). Sleep time must be the best for working. I work at our kitchen table as well and have a drawer that I keep everything I need in.

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5 Lisa September 25, 2008 at 1:11 am

Sounds familiar! Sadly, my son seems to be going to bed later and later which means that my “free” blog time starts later!

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6 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls September 25, 2008 at 1:47 am

LOL! But having a dedicated home office doesn’t help much either. I’m constantly having a 35-pound toddler climbing into my lap, spinning my chair or trying to ‘type’ while I’m sitting here at the computer. Sigh.

Yep, it’s 1:46 am here right now and I’m getting the bulk of my blogging and blog reading done… :)

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7 Amber September 25, 2008 at 6:54 am

I hear ya! I have a 19 month old that thinks she’s a technology guru…she has a NEED for my laptop!

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8 Kathryn September 25, 2008 at 7:16 am

I can totally feel for you. My “office” is in the kitchen as well, although I do have a corner of the room with a desk and filing cabinets. But it doesn’t stop the chaos from following me.

My hubby has tried to do things on the computer – once or twice during the day – but says he has no idea how I can form sentences with all that is going on around me.

I don’t admit that there are those days when I can’t. ;)

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9 Rachel September 25, 2008 at 9:02 am

What’s amazing to me is that if I go put the computer completely away, my toddler COMPLETELY ignores me. I try to play with her and she turns her back. I go get the computer, and she’s crawling all over me in less than 5 seconds!!

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10 jennifer sloat September 25, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Well, there are some perks to the kitchen/office. Take the dress code where everyday is casual Friday. My office mate who is a four year old, is very casual, often underwear is not part of his day. I will have to write a memo about that.

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11 casual friday everyday September 25, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Sounds like my life. Although I do have my computer in my room, the kids are always in here with me. Nick won’t stop talking to me right now actually.

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12 Movable Kitchen Islands April 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Maybe it’s time to move out of the kitchen and invest in a small office? I’ve seen some that are made out of closets, so maybe that’s an option?

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