Create Your Own Work Space

I’ve been holding off getting my own desk and office space for the longest time. It never felt necessary to me. What’s the point of sitting at a desk? Why can’t I just work from the couch? Let me tell you, I was missing out. Big time. While getting work done in a comfortable area is a must, it’s not everything. Before starting this project, I found slouching around on the sofa made me more unproductive. Because of this, I had slacked off on deadlines and activities I needed to get done, it just became so easy to get distracted! I wanted to make a change. So, I decided to create my very own work space.

In this post, I want to highlight some of the things I find helpful to have in an office as well as how I designed my own area. Everything I’ve put together was built on purpose, functionality, and getting myself motivated! I hope you find this helpful when creating your own little headquarters!

The Desk

Let’s start with a basic foundation, the desk. I would recommend visiting Pinterest or your favorite department store’s website first to find out what style desk you think will work for you. In the beginning of my search, I found quite a few furniture pieces I loved, but couldn’t purchase because they were too expensive! To solve this, I headed to IKEA. When I got there I found that the desk selections were large. There were so many to choose from all with similar characteristics of others I had seen online for $400+. There was virtually no difference in the way the pieces looked. I expected the materials were not going to be the best quality, but as a blogger, I knew I wouldn’t be beating the thing around.

Ultimately, I chose a clean look and went for a white desk with a spacious layout. I didn’t need too much storage for my things. The main tool I use at my desk is my laptop, which doesn’t take up much room.

I skipped out on purchasing a design with drawers. I figured if I needed more room I could buy separate pieces in the future! You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a nice look friends! Try to stay as frugal as possible throughout a process like this.

Frames With Photos

I thought by creating my own space, I’d get lonely. It might sound silly but keeping photos of your loved ones at your side can make a huge impact on your productivity. I picked up some small gold frames from T.J. Maxx and stuck a few polaroid sized photos of my fiancé and dog in them. It goes with the overall theme of my area and in a weird way keeps me company! 

Another way you can keep yourself on track is swapping out photos for inspirational quotes. This will keep you working hard when you need a reason to keep going. I’ve used this same tactic in the past with my cell phone and desktop wallpapers, it helps me stay in the zone!
Plants

Plants are a great way for you to stay accountable. Before picking up my own, I never understood this. Think of it this way, when you’re responsible for something you try to take care of it right? By keeping a couple of plants by your window in your office or setting one next to your computer, you’re obligated to water the plant and take care of it each day. This tip is not only effective, it’s also just nice to see some greenery while you work!

The plants I picked up were fairly inexpensive. I got seven small succulents for under twenty dollars at IKEA and the pots were all under a dollar.

Planners

I can’t stress enough how important it is to plan out your days. It not only helps you stay organized, it also is a stress reliever. My planner is a tool I use to track down when my bills are due or when I need to be somewhere. I’ve recently tried to mix up my agenda layout by adding fun stickers, using colorful pens, and washy tape. You’ll always find this item at my desk.

A Clock

Another silly item that you might think wouldn’t come in handy. But, it does. I find having a clock at my desk keeps my attention on my work and away from my phone. I always find myself checking the time on my cell and then wandering off into another area like Instagram, Pinterest, you get what I mean. I purchased a super chic and inexpensive, white, plastic clock and placed it at the corner of my desk. Now, I’m able to easily look over and see the time without having to involve more electronics than need be. I’m already on my phone enough, I don’t need to be on it when I’m trying to be productive.

Desk Calendar

I didn’t realize how great these things were until I got one for my own work space. Aside from my planner, my desk calendar works as a larger visual to map out my days, weeks, and months. It’s obviously a lot larger and is just one more place I can store much-needed important information. I’d highly recommend scooping one of these up and copying your schedule down. Add to your desk calendar by using color coded post it notes on dates of extra importance like you would in your regular planner. Again, this is really just an oversized version of it anyways.

Now that you have all these little tips, it’s time to make your own creative space. Not everything I mentioned will work for you but try them and see what you like and what you don’t. Make a work space worth working in and don’t be afraid to make it your own. I hope these things gave you the small inspiration you needed to kick-start your way towards a more productive lifestyle. If you’d like to find more of these tips + tricks be sure to check out my social links below and tag me in your photos!

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How I Keep My House Clean

I love to clean but sometimes it can be overwhelming when things get out-of-place all too often. If you let your space go for too long or ignore areas of concern, things can no doubt build up!  Cleanliness and tidying up every once in a while can help keep your personal areas under control and in addition, lower your stress levels. In this blog post, I wanted to explain the different ways I’ve been able to keep my home organized, de-cluttered, and dirt free with the help of some simple daily tasks + tips!

Tip #1: Put Your Stuff Away After Your Done

The easiest tip I could give you is to simply put your things away after you’re finished. As children we had always been asked to clean up after ourselves when we were done playing or eating, anything really. So, why have many adults forgotten this unspoken rule of thumb? Put away your unwanted items immediately after you’re done with them to avoid leaving them somewhere later or forgetting!

Tip #2: Find A Place For Everything

I never thought organization was important until I genuinely moved into a house. The last couple months have been a struggle unpacking boxes and figuring out where everything belongs. I had been going back and forth for a while debating on what types of organizational items I thought would be best for what I had.

At first, I tried big plastic bins from Wal-Mart that ended up being a huge fail due to uneasy access. I then tried some cute wicker baskets, which worked for a bit until the things inside them got destroyed (unfortunately my pooches love to chew on these). Ultimately, I found a ton of minimalist styled, pull out drawer, storage units at IKEA for less than what I was paying at other big box stores. They were medium in size and could fit lot’s of items in them. After purchasing these, I realized the beauty of pull out drawers and that’s pretty much all I’ve used to organize since. It was a huge relief to find something that could finally work!

Whichever organizational route you decide to go, make sure it’s something you will sincerely use. Creating a place for everything doesn’t always mean having the best and newest pieces of de-clutter equipment. If you can’t afford to purchase new structures, get creative. Start working with what you have and clearing spaces you don’t use to make room for items that may need placing.

Tip #3: Rely On Strong Cleaning Products

I don’t consider anything actually clean until I’ve wiped it down. Assure your spaces are staying the way you want them by frequently getting in the deep areas.

About 3 times a week, I’ll walk around my home with a rag and a Lysol wipe just to make sure nothing gets too messy looking. Using rip-off wipes makes the tidying up even easier. They’re small and disposable which keeps the clean up process simple.

Another great product I like to use is the comet powder cleaner. I use bleach when rooms need some extra TLC but the smell is just too much for me to handle. That’s why I always gravitate towards using Comet instead. Comet still contains bleach but doesn’t carry the harsh odor other cleaners might have. It’s also nice that the cleaner is colored and gets slightly bubbly during scrubbing. The blue color makes me aware of what areas I’m cleaning and which ones I’m not. The bulk of this product is used in my bathroom and kitchen making for not one, but two squeaky clean spaces!

Tip #4: Play Music

If I’m working around the house there’s a 100% chance that I’ve got my music on full blast. Hearing something going in the background while I clean really boosts up my motivation. The best way to do this is by making a “cleaning” playlist to help get you through. Listening to your favorite jams gets good vibes going and will always make the time go by faster.

Tip #5: Light Candles And Use Air Freshener

After I’m finished with my tasks I’ll typically bask in the glory by lighting a candle or spraying some air freshener. There’s no serious purpose to doing this except for the smell. It’s like putting the cherry on top of your sundae! Your room, apartment, or home will smell great and inviting for guests!