The one thing missing in our lovely house is a lovely study. I've spent the past eighteen months working at the kitchen bench, or the dining table, or on my bed or in the lounge room sprawled out on the couch.
All of those things are okay, but not conducive to really focussed work practices.
And these days, I am taking myself very seriously indeed.
In just over a week our very first OpMove Project begins (we have only two spaces left so if you want in get in NOW), and in a few days I begin my B-School studies. Hoorah! And gosh!
In the interests of starting as I mean to go on, I've taken the time to create a dedicated work space for myself. Because I could not just build an extra room on my house, I had to think laterally.
I've spent a lot of time over at Style for a Happy Home because I adore what Dannielle does and think she is very clever. My own little makeover may not be at that kind of standard, but I'm pretty happy with myself nonetheless.
I ended up deciding on the master bedroom for a few reasons. We are lucky to have a really large room (this would work just as well in the corner of a living room, or pretty much any other room really), and it is the one room of the house that is always neat, tidy and clean. If I'd gone with another living area, a key to success would have been ensuring that my kids understood that it was a space for Mummy to work. Because of my OCD tendencies it needed to be in a clear space though, or I would never get anything done for picking up toys or sweeping or something. Visual clutter makes my brain feel cluttered, so minimalist is important for me. This way I can just close the door if my kids have undone all my cleaning, as kids are wont to do.
The other thing is that this doesn't have to be an expensive exercise. You can find some great bits and pieces at Op Shops or repurpose older furniture that you already have.
We've had the inexpensive Ikea desk for a few years now. I bought a dining chair at Super AMart that was half price because it had a scuff mark on it (which wiped straight off when I got home). The cushion was $10 because it was the last one left, and I am in love with it!
I went with a dining chair for a reason too. I have a chronic back injury and get a lot of pain if I don't pay attention to how I'm sitting. The high backed dining chair with the cushion as a lumbar support forces me to sit upright and with good posture. It is also surprisingly comfortable. Winning!
One of my little rituals to help get me in the right headspace for work is lighting my oil burners. I get up around 4.30 each morning (although I don't work in here then, because other people are allowed to sleep at daft o'clock) and the first thing I do is make my coffee, switch on my laptop and light my burners. They help me focus and I like that the house is filled with a beautiful scent and energy by the time the kids get up. Right now I am loving the energy and vitality blend from Twenty8 best for my work time (full disclosure: affiliate link, I adore Twenty8 and having experienced headaches and other reactions from other brands I will be staying loyal to this gorgeous Aussie brand).
I found this super cute To-Do list on Pinterest, and popped it in a frame so I can just use a whiteboard marker to keep it up to date. Handy and pretty, my favourites.
And where is my printer, you ask? Here it is:
In my wardrobe where I don't have to look at it, but it is within reach of a power source. Now that we don't have to physically connect printers to our computers why not put them out of sight?
So that's me, all ready to take on the world. In physically creating this work area, I've also mentally created the space to tackle my new projects and I cannot WAIT!
Bring it 2014. Bring it.