the trouble with working from home

The Trouble With Working from Home

the trouble with working from home

Forever Amber: blogging from home

problems with working from home

I love working from home: I honestly wouldn’t change it for all the shoes in the world.

The trouble with working from home, however, is that when your home is also your office, any problems with your house will have an effect on your work. This week has been a case-in-point for us.

If you’ve been reading my Diary posts, you already know about the issues with our hall, and our bathroom (and the dust, and the mess, and the noise…).  You also probably know a bit about my ‘neat -freak’- tendencies, which make it really hard for me to concentrate on work when there’s a mess in my house, and this week has been one helluva mess. We’ve been basically living on a building site for the last five days, and, in our case, that means working in one, too. Or trying to, anyway.

Suffice it to say, then, that work has been something of a challenge for me this week, but not nearly as much of a challenge as it’s been for Terry, who’s also had to deal with the insurance company, and with the people doing the repair work on our house. Add in the fact that Terry spends a lot of his day talking to clients on the phone, which was completely impossible with a pneumatic drill going for hours every day (It was literally so loud that we couldn’t hear each other speak when we were standing right next to each other…), and also works to deadlines and… yeah, it’s not been fun, and Terry basically hasn’t been able to work AT ALL.

Of course, when you’re self-employed, not working means not getting paid, and having to let down clients because your floor is being dug up (Luckily Terry hasn’t had to let anyone down, but it’s been hard…) is a surefire way to ruin your professional reputation. So it’s been stressful, to say the least.

For me, as a full-time blogger, it’s a whole lot easier to deal with unexpected disruption than it is for someone like Terry, who also works from home, but who is less able to set his own schedule, given that he has clients to answer to. In my case, I can technically work from anywhere that has an internet connection: I can also schedule content in advance, and although I do set myself certain goals and deadlines, they’re purely self-imposed ones, and let’s face it, I’m probably the only one who’ll notice if I don’t meet them. In other words: I’m really, really lucky, because I honestly don’t know how I’d have coped these past few days if I’d had clients breathing down my neck, or deadlines I really couldn’t miss.

Anyway: at the time of writing, the ground floor of the house is still basically a building site, but we’ve been gradually managing to restore some order to the rest of the place. The workmen will have to come back on Monday, unfortunately, to finish filling in the hole in the  floor, but after that, all that remains is for us to clean up the mess, and fix up the hall and bathroom. Which, OK, will take quite a bit of time – realistically, it’s probably going to be weeks before we have the bathroom back in full working order (We figure that as it’s been partially deconstructed anyway, we may as we’ll continue the process and take the opportunity to give it a bit of a makeover) but at this point the absence of a pneumatic drill going for  8 hours of every day will make the rest of the work feel like a picnic.

As I’ve said in the past, I’m not a big fan of bloggers apologizing for not posting enough, because it always seems kind of arrogant to me to assume people will be hanging on my every word, and sobbing into their pillow if there isn’t a new post on a particular day. I’ve no idea how next week will pan out, though (and fashion and beauty are honestly the last things on my mind right now…) so if you are looking for something to read, I’d imagine I’ll be posting mostly in the Diary section (and probably mostly about my house, let’s be honest…), so you might want to check that out. As a reminder, the Diary posts don’t appear on the homepage of the site, but if you’re following on Twitter, Facebook or Bloglovin‘, you’ll still be updated about them as normal.

In conclusion: not the best week ever. But at least next week can’t possibly be worse, can it?

P.S. Don’t be fooled by the clean desk, by the way: I’ve been trying to keep it as uncluttered as possible, otherwise I just can’t sit and work at it, but these photos were taken after Phase 1 of the big cleanup, and totally fail to pick up the fine film of dust that just keeps resettling, no matter how often I remove it!

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  • Claire


    I feel your pain…I worked from home all through our extension build last year, and the brickie who whistled non-stop nearly drove me to distraction

    October 12, 2014
  • Sounds pretty grim and almost makes me feel glad I have an office outside of my house… but not quite, as I have to spend 2 hours travelling to it! Anyway, I’m certainly not going to be one of those commenters you mentioned in a post a short while ago who starts whinging if you can’t post as many outfit pictures as usual – your diary posts are just as entertaining!

    October 12, 2014
  • I work from home too and have exactly the same problems! My boiler broke the other week and I had no office to warm up in throughout the day!! I love your blog, always provides me with inspiration for my own. I’d love it if you could check it out –


    October 12, 2014
  • Fran


    Good luck for the coming week! Sorry this is proving so disruptive, and my best to Terry for his work. x

    October 12, 2014
  • I worked from home for a couple of years and I loved it. However, my work day ended as soon as my kiddos walked in from school. It was a neat experience, I wish mothers could be allow to work from home, that way they could save some money in day care and they would spend more time with their children 🙂

    October 12, 2014
  • It’s the dust that would kill me. I do just fine in mess and noise. I sort of have to though, because I have an 8 year old boy who thinks quiet means at the top of your lungs and not in the living room means make it a war zone. I’ve been loving your diary posts lately. Not because of what’s happened but because I can sympathize.
    On the plus side my basement water pump has been replaced finally because there was no repairing it at all this time. So yay for small victories.
    Fashion and Happy Things

    October 12, 2014
  • I feel your dust pain! My apartment gather dust like no tomorrow – it’s simply awful. I had to wipe down my white glossy (mistake!!!) coffee table and desk every. Single. Day.

    Finally I cracked and ditched the coffee table. Peace of mind is so important.

    October 13, 2014
  • I feel your pain! I had to move into my house before they finished remodeling the kitchen, so I also had no refrigerator for about a month while everything was covered with work dust. needless to say, i was very cranky.

    hope it doesn’t take too long to finish everything!

    October 13, 2014