In a busy house, with so many things going on, having my own little work space is fantastic. Having a dedicated space for me to work has made such a difference. Before I used to use the dining table, which not only meant setting up and packing away every. single. time. I needed to use anything, but also meant that I couldn’t leave things half finished ready to come back to.
i’ve also found, having a set workspace, helps separate ‘work’ from ‘home’ – even though it’s always there. For some reason, the other people in my house, seem to think that my desk is a good place to put things they don’t know where else to put ha!
My office was badly in need of a tidy, organise and mini-makeover this week, see the before photo for proof:
The first step was to clear off the mountains of ‘stuff’ that had accumulated on my desk. That done, I set about making it more visualing pleasing, as well as more productive to being able to work. I have a huge pinboard above my desk, perfect for pinning orders, today’s to-do list, inspiring quotes and any paperwork I need to keep handy. But it wasn’t very pretty to look at, so I decided to give it a new look. A couple of coats of paint later, and some washi tape around the frame and it looks so much prettier!
I also treated myself to a squishy new cushion for my chair, I’d love to get a new chair, as the old dining chair I’m using isn’t the comfiest, but the cushion helps for now! While my desk is a place for working, I also need somewhere that is pretty and a pleasant place to be. A vintage bowl for my washi tapes, some owls, a paper star and honeycomb pompom’s on the ceiling and some artwork on the walls makes it feel less like an office, and more like my sanctuary ;)
The only bad point about the room is that it doesn’t have a window, so has no natural light coming in. I recently repainted the walls a bright white which helped, but I would love to get a new lamp for my desk.
I use two old cd racks, tipped on their sides to create shelves on the desk. These work great, as they are open fronted so I can see and grab the things that I need, and have sections to keep things in order! The only other thing that I want to add at some point, is a cosy wool rug, so that I don’t get cold toes while sat at my desk!
It’s a really hard space to photograph, as it’s so small and has no natural light, but even so, you can see what a difference a tidy and a few new items have made!