Why I Consider my Kitchen My Workstation

As a person who likes writing down things, I find it rather amusing that I get excited on working on some of the weirdest places. One time, I found myself working under the stairs. It wasn’t anything Harry Potter-ish but there are times when inspiration catches me at the weirdest places.

But if anything, my kitchen is my real workstation.

Before you go shouting, “BUT THE KITCHEN IS FOR COOKING”

Yes. I still cook in my kitchen and I cook damn well in it.

Some of you out there are laughing with the “well, yeah of course. Women belong in the kitchen” jokes but I’d take that with stride. I really do feel like I belong in the kitchen. Maybe it was due to the fact that it was recently renovated and it had one of those modern kitchen designs Perth that I rave about.

I am not exactly sure when it started or how it came to be. I guess it all began when I would often start writing down stuff in between cooking/cleaning the kitchen. For reasons I do not know then, I felt like working in the kitchen was a whole lot easier than going to the study. Oh and yes, I do have a study and I share it with my husband.

So what makes the kitchen an exciting place to work on? Well, let’s try to see if I’ve listed them all down.

  1. The smell – Oh, have you ever been to a real kitchen? The smell is heavenly. Imagine the air full of the fragrances of the food you cooked earlier. Or maybe the smell of a number of spices you have on your kitchen counter. I am a foodie and smell really powers me on.
  2. The sights – A good kitchen is full of different colors. Personally, this makes my eyes and mind relax a bit in the sense that I see a variety of colors anytime I want to. It also opens up my mind to various ideas.
  3. The food – Oh let’s admit it. The best part about making your kitchen a workstation is the fact that you have your food right there, isn’t it? But always remember to eat healthy and don’t kill yourself by eating too much.

Personalizing Your Journal

If you keep a journal, chances are it is very personal. It contains off-the-cuff ideas or private thoughts, things that you don’t want other people reading. At the same time, it is a reflection of who you are when you shed the mask and chains that society and culture place upon you.


It is where “You” are at your most “you.” Which is why it can seem jarring to some that it looks so very impersonal when you look at the exterior.


Now, admittedly, this is not universal. Some folks like their journals to be nondescript and easy to overlook, because it’s the contents that matter, not the packaging. However, some prefer to extend that touch of the personal to the cover of the book.


Well, here are some ideas for how to personalise the journal.


One way is to use stickers.


Whether you print them out yourself or buy sets, stickers can help show off your tastes and preferences. I know people who cover their journals in travel stickers, creating a visual reference to places they’ve been and written about, for example.


A more intensive DIY project is to add a “custom label” to the cover.


You need a steady hand, but you can use a variety of tools and materials to stick a label on the front. Some like to use designs and patterns, showing off their creativity. Others like to show off their wit by using phrases like “Plan for World Domination.”


 Some folks like to customise the interior, the writing space itself.


If you’re willing to break the spine, you can decide to change the paper you write on. V-stripe, plain coloured, and other options are available. I know someone who replaced every page in the journal with something that had a vague lavender scent. She said it relaxed her.


Or you could go with a simple, distinctive monogram.


Picking the Right Pen

If you keep a journal, you want to have a reliable pen on hand. What’s the point of having something to write on if you have nothing to write with?

Okay, nowadays, most people don’t write much anymore. Collectively, people’s handwriting has gone down quite a bit because of a lack of practice. However, if you’re the sort who has a journal that isn’t in digital form, you probably have decent – if not good – handwriting. A good pen helps with that.

With that in mind, just what does qualify as a good pen? I’m glad you asked!

First, you need to separate a working pen from the signature pen. For a signature pen or personal notes, you want one with a broad or medium point. Blue ink is commonly used because it stands out from photocopies, but black ink is typical for formal documents.

A working pen, on the other hand, is what is going to see a lot of everyday use. A good size and fit that is comfortable in your hand are essential. The point of the pen will vary based on your speed of writing.

The faster you write, the more a fine-point pen would suit you. They allow for a more rapid flow of ink. If you take your time or write slowly, a broader point is advisable.

A fountain pen is also a consideration. These are reliable and sturdy, and the best ones have the bonus of being more likely to be returned when someone borrows them.

You might be concerned about the leaking of the pen. This is a natural worry, but fountain pens are not always leaking. They occasionally do, in the same way that you grind gears when driving stick. At least with a fountain pen, the ink is 90% water, so rinsing it off is easy.

You can also prevent it. Angle the pen upwards rather than downwards when capping it. Be gentle as you do. This reduces the odds of the ink getting in the cap.

If you fly a lot, the air pressure can force the ink out. You can minimize this if you keep the tank almost empty, or even at just half-capacity.

There you have it. Some sound advice for picking up a fine pen to match your fine journal.