It's been about 6 months since I last shared some home office inspiration, and in those 6 months we've renovated our spare bedroom, turned it into an office, found out we were pregnant, scraped the glitter off the wall, and started to repaint for a nursery. It's been a busy half year! haha I was really aiming to make the entire room cohesive and relaxing, and I'd like to think it really worked for the few short months I was able to use it. By the time we found out we were expecting in early December I was zonked 24/7, so it really did only get used for a month or two (sadface!). While it's easy to be bummed about the geometric glitter wall we spent a lot of time and energy on, I'm actually enjoying my new (much smaller!) space in the kitchen. The way our kitchen is laid out is kind of weird, and I have a whole half wall for my desk and a few odds and ends. It's not the 12" x 12" room I had grown accustomed to, but my tiny 3' x 8' area is proving to be plenty big.
Organizing my workspace is a different animal entirely though. I tossed or stored probably 95% of the stuff in my office, and now I'm just working with a desk Mike built, my iMac, a lamp, and 2 cubby shelves that hold my business books. There's a window right behind my computer so that leaves very little vertical space to use, but I'm going to try and make the most of every inch of space. One of my biggest problems, however, is that I like to start cluttering it up if I give myself too much space... so it'll be a delicate balancing act.
Things I look for in the *perfect* workspace:
1. Lots of light! - I prefer natural light, but my workspace faces the North side of our house and I don't get a ton of sunshine over here. Luckily the area is fairly open and light tends to trickle in.
2. Greenery! - I love having fresh flowers at my desk, but I also supplement them with some fake Ikea succulents. I'm hoping to find a way to bring in live greenery. I love the look of ivy draped around the work area.
3. Color! - I'm into the cliche interior trend of white (or very light) environments, dotted with colorful pieces. Whether it's office supplies or artwork, I like there to be "pops" of color (I know, so overdone!)
4. No drawers! - Maybe it's silly to admit this, but if I have drawers to put things in, I'll put everything except what belongs in there. I'm not organized enough to be given the responsibility of desk drawers or filing cabinets, despite loving the look.
We're eyeball deep in redoing my workspace, our bedroom, and planning the nursery. We've been in our home for over a year now and it's so crazy to me that the bathroom is only like 75% finished. We really are racing the clock over here...
If you have any great resources for small workspace organization or planning, or even just some cute office products (!!!), I'd love to see!
And now one final question: What's the one thing (or three!) that you do to help make your workspace feel more "you?" Whether you work in a cubicle or in a closet at your home, hunched over a laptop or tinkering away with your hands, how do you ensure you feel at home in your space? My answer: I try to have fresh flowers around as much as possible. I have some really nice silk/Ikea ones that do the job when I forget! Little pops of color help distract my eyes from my bright computer screen.