Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this has been one of those weeks where I feel like I’m an upside down spinning top. Below are 5 tips to keep your office space inspiring (even when things are crazy) – and few pictures of my home office!
Make it Functional
This is my real (unstaged) workspace – complete with file folders, rubber bands, a telephone and a jar full of pens that don’t work. Everyone wants a beautiful home office, but its far more important that everything you need is at your fingertips. Keep it real – the whole point is to actually do the work.
Keep it Clean
Its impossible to think clearly in clutter. When your space is disorganized, your brain is disorganized. Try and put things back where they belong, take the time to weed out old books, references and emails you no longer need. Take your garbage out of the room. Take 5 minutes to tidy at the end of every work day so that your mornings begin with a fresh, clean slate.
Surround your workspace with things that you love; things that remind you why you are working in the first place. Pictures of family members, quotes, favorite books, etc. You will see in the images below that I have real butterflies in several places in my home office. Butterflies inspire me because they are a wonderful symbol of transformation, and they never lose their color, not even when they die.
Play music, light a candle, get comfortable. Your will do your best work if you are comfortable in your space. Invest in a good chair, open the windows, give yourself a nice view with a window that opens. Paint the walls a color that calms you and splurge on a few decor items that you love.
Organize Organize Organize
Most people can get organized once, but staying organized is difficult for many. Take the time once a month to start over if you need to: sort through your filing, take advantage of technology where you can, spend the extra time labeling and categorizing. Develop a system thats simple and easy for you to follow. There is no need to overcomplicate it. Get creative with storage. Most home offices are short on space, so think about ways that you can go paperless, or store items in baskets or on floating shelves.
cheers to the end of another hard & successful week of progress!
with grace & salt, kirsten
Pencil Holder is World Market – Can’t locate it but Similar Here
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked.
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar” -Trina Paulus
Chair is old Ethan Allen, I have painted it and slip covered the seat Similar Here