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Designing a Small Home Office Space
If you are anything like me you work pretty much anytime you have a free moment. While the kids are watching a show, or at nap time, after they are in bed or first thing in the morning before they get up.
I am constantly moving my things around from the living room to the kitchen table, sometime even to right beside my bed so I can work while the baby sleeps next to me.
The Portable Office
Kristen Wheeler at Balanced Bliss Organizing used a portable home office for her needs. I love the idea of having a caddy with my office supplies that I can move around the house.
I use a small caddy to house my office supplies- any bag with pockets will do here. In my office caddy I have some fun pens, a paper trimmer, a couple of clip boards, highlighters, sharpies, chapstick, a hole punch, washi tape, post-its, and a small container holding my mini stapler, staples, and paper clips. I also always have my laptop or tablet, my bullet journal, and any client files or projects I may be working on (I try to keep these digitally). For me, these are the essentials of my office. ~Kristen Wheeler
I already have my washi tape and markers in a pencil box that is easy to take with me, but it doesn’t fit everything. I found a few ideas on Amazon, this caddy looked pretty handy for the amount of stuff I like to carry around. But I felt I still needed a dedicated space.
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The Dedicated Office
I finally decided to turn a small unused stair landing into an office for myself. Even if I don’t always work there it is nice to have a place to put all my stuff when I am not using it.
It started out looking like this…
Basically a cluttered mess. That piece of furniture in the middle is a desk though. One side folds up to create a work space. And a few of those random things are actually office storage.
The amount of stuff that can accumulate on any flat surface is amazing. I always get so stressed out looking at those piles but once I start cleaning it always seems to go way faster than I fear.
[Tweet “Once I start cleaning it always goes faster than I think #justdoit “]
So first I cleaned everything out of there. Starting with a blank canvas is the best way to get an idea of what will fit in your space.
I got the desk unfolded and put the letter trays in the corners. Everything was dusty so I did what any mom would do and cleaned everything with baby wipes. 🙂
The old papers and pens that didn’t work got thrown away. I found a small plastic container for my colored pencils and markers. Then I put regular pens and pencils in a holder for easy access.
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The Final Design
You can see I have a big blank wall space to the right of my desk. I am planning to find a big cork board or cork tiles to go there. I would love to create a editorial calendar or brainstorm space like Suzi at Start a Mom Blog. There are also a few picture frames that are waiting to be filled with pictures of my kids and hung up.
The rainbow drawers are one of my favorite things. I bought it as an unfinished piece at IKEA, so long ago that it makes me feel old to think about it. I painted it the summer I graduated from high school and have lugged it around with me ever since.
I’m loving my new space. I have been using it anytime I am kid free at home…so maybe once or twice a week if I’m lucky. When I am not working there I leave my folders, business bullet journal and the business books I am currently reading all at the ready.
This space is very easy to keep clean because it is so small. It is a flat surface so I have to be careful of filling it up with miscellaneous papers but since it is upstairs I don’t find myself putting things down on it very often.
Sitting down in this space instantly make me ready to work. It is a different mindset to have a dedicated work space instead of fitting it in between making snacks and wiping noses.
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Create Your Own Home Office
Sometimes as Moms we don’t do enough for ourselves. It is hard to find the time for a big project but I encourage you to think about where you create your own space. Is there a small closet that you could take the door off of and use as an office space? Or how the corner of a guest room?
Find yourself a small desk or folding table to use and put together a space where you can focus on your work. Decorate with some of the things you love, photos, a few keepsakes or pretty storage boxes.
You might not use it everyday but if you keep it only for working you will be conditioned to do your best work there.