Thursday, 1 May 2014

Creating a Successful and Productive Home Office

I am very excited to be starting a new position Monday! I’ve been looking for a new job for a while now and to my delight I’ve landed my dream position. In my new role I will be working remotely for the first time ever. I’ve always been intrigued by work-from-home situations and I’m ecstatic that I can spend more time with Harley. Yes, I was a University student for five consecutive years and “worked from home” on essays and assignments but being a student is so different from being an employee. I will have set hours, deadlines and while I’ll give up the flexibility of being able to binge-watch Downton Abbey mid-day I'll gain a little thing called getting paid! I cannot wait to begin this new adventure.  

I've set up my office in one of the bedrooms on the second storey of our house. This room is also my closet and tends to get a little messy because of the sheer amount of clothing and accessories I own and use on a daily basis. Conqeuring the closet organization will be my first step here. My other concerns about the room are that: there isn’t enough natural and artificial light (we have no ceiling lights upstairs), there is too much stuff in the room and that it’s not organized to a tee.  I can change all of these things however I only have four days before I begin work and we’re away for the weekend so I need to start now.  I will be required to Skype often and need to make sure that the space behind me is visually appealing and organized at all times.

So how is my office currently set up? I have a filing cabinet next to my desk which my scanner/printer/fax machine sits on top of. I love having the magnetic surface beside me as I work and I have magnetic note pads and a super cute magnetic pencil & post-it note holder stuck to it for easy access. I use an antique dining room table as a desk because I love to spread out my work. Having a table instead of a desk with drawers meant that I had no room for storage, so last spring I painted a hideous old half of a TV hutch we had been given and put gorgeous emerald glass knobs on it and voila chic storage! It turned out fabulously if I do say so myself. Inside the hutch are all of my supplies. I consider myself a bit of an office supply expert so I’ll give you the run-down of what I think are the most important office essentials:

  • Notepads
  • Post-It Notes (and lots of them!)
  • Pens (find a kind you like and get a bunch of them)
  • Paper Clips (colourful are my favourite)
  • Binder Clips (again, I like the fun colourful kind)
  • Stapler
  • Staple Remover (surprisingly, they do come in handy)
  • Tape Dispenser (I prefer the solid kind because otherwise my tape always goes missing)
  • Basket for electronics/chargers (keep them all in one place)
  • Paper (blank, ruled, colourful)
  • Printer Ink (always have extra on hand)

In a digital world I am still a sucker for the good old fashioned office supplies. There will always be a time for paper and a pen in my books. I’m such a visual learner that making hand written notes will always been a part of my work ethic.
Now for my office want list:

  • an area rug
  • a pretty and slightly girly corkboard/organization & inspiration board
  • a beautiful office chair like this IKEA Gregor chair (below)

One of my best finds of the summer (2013) was a little ornate antique shelf. Originally, I had envisioned it as a spice rack. When I got it home it didn't fit under my cupboards. Next, I thought it could go in my bathroom but it ended up being too big and bulky for the counter. So inevitably, it found a home on my desk and I really haven't put it to good use. What would you do with it/put on it? I need advice!

I'm going to leave you with a few of my favourite office spaces from Pinterest:

Things I love about this desk top: the inspiration board, decor that is pretty and chic but not clutter-y, good lightning, array of textures and styles and the use of an alternate style of desk!

This I love about this office: the gold and chevron, obviously, I also love the desk placement, cute little booksehlf and antique chair.

So, I don't love this office's decor. It's too sterile-white for my desk. I DO love that chalkboard organization system though it's EPIC! I am thoroughly impressed. Where would a person get such a thing?

That's all for now... I'll update you with pics soon! :)

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