Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Creating An Ideal Workspace.


Whilst I don't spend all hours of the day, every day, at my desk, I do appreciate that creating a workspace ideal for the work I do is pretty essential. And when I'm working at my desk, I do manage to get everything done a lot quicker, and I get to relax earlier on in the evening. I've been through several desk set-ups in my time, and I think I've finally found the right one for me, so here's what I've learnt so far.

Be Practical:
This is probably the big one, for me. If you're a painter or more creative in your day to day job, a bit of a mess can be inspiring, so perfect for you. Myself however, I spend my days photographing, listing new stock, blogging, and then packaging orders, so I need a clear empty space. Of course I have the odd print or two as well as a lamp, plant, and my glasses, but the majority of the space is clear for me to get to work. If clutter works for you, fantastic, but you need to find your ideal space without being too inspired by others; just because it looks pretty, things in the way may halt your working.

Buy What You Need:
As just mentioned, I'm not a big fan of clutter, but I am a fan of making practical items pretty. If you've got a noticeboard, why not add a few Pinterest pictures, or add family photos. You've still got space for the important stuff you need, but it makes the area a little more relaxed and happy. Shelves can also make a cute extra to store your business bits and bobs, but you can also add little decorations if there's space. 

Have Everything On Hand:
I've learnt the hard way with this; I used to do all my packaging downstairs, and every evening I'd be running around getting stressed being unable to find my scissors, or any sellotape. Now doing it in my office, I keep all my supplies in one area so I can head straight back there when I need them. It's a fairly obvious point, but it'll save you so much time and possibly tears!

Keep It Clean:
Again, it's an obvious one, but definitely something I've had to improve on. Despite how long of a day you've had, spending just a couple of minutes making sure it's tidy for tomorrow makes such a difference for me. Always having a space I can go to where I'm ready to just straight to work means I work so much quicker and feel relaxed in a clean environment whilst I'm at it.

What is your idea of the perfect workspace?




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24 comments

  1. Abbie Tanner11:59

    I so need a better workspace! My room is so cluttered, some great tips :-) xx
    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

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  2. Lauren Schroer12:27

    Really great tips. I just got a new desk and I've really enjoyed reorganizing it! I love those prints and frames you have too!

    lauren / lipstick & lacquer

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  3. Rachel13:21

    Tidy space - tidy mind. Works every time ;)

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  4. I have no table! Can you imagine? I'm just dreaming about working space like yours everyday. x

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  5. Love your tips, and your little area looks so nice!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  6. Beautiful space!

    http://www.thecharleygirl.com

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  7. Lovely tips! A tidy workspace definitely makes for a tidy mind! My workspace is currently a shabby chic haven (complete with a cute bureau) but I could definitely do with a larger desk, so I'm thinking of switching it up and make it more minimalist soon! xo

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  8. A simple, tidy workspace is best when it comes to working!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  9. Raquel Pedroza01:04

    GREAT TIPS. TOO BAD I CANT SAY NO TO CUTE PENS AND NOTEBOOKS...HERE COMES THE CLUTTER :( LOL

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  10. Haha, me neither! I just have to try and keep them tidy and all in one place.

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  11. I used to have small desks too but sadly I just love the big, open spaces!

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  12. Oh no! Working on the floor sounds cute though, although I can imagine it's sometimes not the comfiest.

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  13. Yep, I absolutely agree!

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  14. Thanks, Lauren! Having a lovely area to come to really encourages me to work, too.

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  15. Thanks Abbie, glad you liked it :)

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  16. I find having a practical clear space, yet with everything to hand or within reach is so important. There's having a mini break, and then there's spending ten minutes trying to find that thing in that box in another room...! Lovely post.


    danielletc.com

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  17. My desk is crammed with everything you can think of and it is really distracting! I need to take a leaf out of your book and have a major declutter!

    thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Totally agree with all of your points, clear space is key! I have a whole Pinterest board of workspace inspo for when I get my own place to really have a set work area.

    Cass | CassandraMyee

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  19. Olivia Tinker19:03

    Hi there! love the blog! I just saw a picture you posted on made.com a while ago of your desk space and I'm desperate to know where your desk is from (i think its the one in this picture) the white top with black steel legs. thanks so much in advance! I am going to buy the chair you have with your desk and have spent hours online searching for the perfect desk and yours is the perfect one! please help! thanks so much xxx olivia

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