Some writers find descriptions easy to write. I am not one of these 'some'. In fact, I generally fall down in the description area, being far more likely to fill my manuscripts with dialogue. But description there must be, or our stories are like a colouring page waiting to be filled in.
How to manage it?
If I had a scene with 5 characters sitting in a room, I'd have each character note something different. One might experience the scratchiness of the sofa, while another notes a thick layer of dust on a table. Another might notice the pile of magazines peeping out from under a chair, while another crinkles their nose at the distinct aroma of wet dog.
As a reader, I'm not a huge fan of swathes of description; I tend to skip them. I don't need five pages extolling the beauty of the meadow or three pages about the church steeple casting a shadow as a cat howls in the darkness. For me, less is more. I like discovering that a character's collar is carefully darned or that all six objects on their mantle lines up precisely. I don't need to know that the collar is cerulean or minute details about the mantle objects, unless it adds to the plot or the character. For instance, if it's six vases on the mantle, I might not care, but if it's six dog figurines and this is the same room reeking of wet dog, then let me know.
Writers need to remember that our readers don't know the story as well as we do...and that they're reading it for the first time, not the ninety-second. My early readers let me know when I've fallen short on the descriptions - I'm getting better, but I'm often surprised what they want described.
Some really want to know about those six vases.
If you're a writer, do you find writing descriptions an easy task? How do you feel about them as a reader?