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Creating The Perfect Home Office: Small Workspace

Decorate your own workspace

Bird Garland | Unwrap Colour  //  Shelves | Tesco  //  Pennant Banner | Elsie & Nell
Pen Pot & Stickers | Paperchase  //  Corner Desk | Tesco

Working from home is hard; There are tonnes of distractions and it’s way too easy to blur the lines between home life and work time. Having a dedicated workspace really helps keep your worlds separate.
Ideally you’d have the perfect home office shut away in a room of it’s own but if you don’t have the space for that, as most of us don’t, creating a work corner or area is the next best thing.

I’ve had a number of workspaces over the years, from the sofa to the kitchen table to my very first (tiny!) entire home office room. Tesco asked me to share their home office collection with you guys and this great corner desk really inspired me to share my best advice for small workspaces. My current workspace is pretty huge, but over the years I’ve learned some great tips along the way. Don’t be disheartened with the space you have, you will grow and change too and a corner desk is a great piece to take with you.

the perfect home office

// Keep work items in your workspace and home items in your living space. Don’t leave your files laying around and put your laptop away on your desk at the end of the day if it will tempt you to work in front of the TV or while having dinner. I used to spread my work on the floor in the living room and it was a nightmare when my landlord would turn up unexpectedly, not to mention how bad it was for me to work hunched over all the time.

// Buy your own furniture if you can. I can’t tell you how much better things were when I bought my own desk. We lived in a furnished rented home so there was already a desk in the room, but we were lucky enough to be able to store it at my Dad’s house. I bought my own desk with built in storage to help out with clutter to turn my tiny workspace into the perfect home office.

// Bookcases and shelving are your best friends. I splashed out on a full set of bookcases a couple of years ago that cost me a fortune and since then no matter how much stuff I acquire for my business I have never filled them all. Even better if you buy a unit with doors to hide away a million sins. Sure they take up a lot of wall space, but they utilise that all important vertical space that is often wasted so go tall!

// Add some personality! A workspace needs to be inspiring to keep those creative juices flowing so pin up pictures, create a mood board and hang some inspiring quotes. I love gathering cute and fun pieces to create the perfect home office and you can see some of them in my Pinterest Worthy Workspace post. If you can buy your own desk, bookcases and/or shelves you can paint and decorate them too!

Loves x xx

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DIY: Pretty Storage Boxes To Keep You Organised

Home Organisation
I installed these huge bookcases in my studio just before Christmas and they’ve been amazing; they literally take up the entire of two walls in the room, which was rather tiny to begin with, but I’ve been wondering where they’ve been all my life. Since the crazy Christmas rush has subsided I’ve been slowly taking shelf by shelf and making it pretty as well as organised, then Hobbycraft stepped in as crafty white knights and sent me these pretty storage boxes to try out.

Home Office

Pretty and Practical Storage
The Curver storage box is ideal for keeping my fabrics safe and the colours go great with my cute cake stand and these sweets I got in a goody bag that I can’t eat because they have faces on (don’t ask!) – At least the packaging is fancy enough for displaying! The real winner, though, is this Click Box Storage Stack by Prym which is ideal for categorising my laster cut pieces for my jewellery brand. There’s tonnes of space in there for such a small box and the little handle makes it really easy to carry my supplies around – you could even use one of the trays for your tools so you can make stock on the go. I might try this for craft fairs so I can be productive while I exhibit.

How To Store Jewellery Supplies
As I was decanting my supplies from the old boxes to these new pretty storage boxes, I was thinking about how my business has grown over the years. It’s not an easy thing to notice when you’re right in the middle of it all, but looking back over the years of how I stored my supplies it was heartwarming to see how I’d got to this stage from the teeny tiny boxes I used to use when I first took up jewellery making as a hobby back in 2011. Now I have a fully functioning studio that I use only for my business and I keep huge amounts of stock at a time, making sure I can cover the amazing peaks in sales I get at certain parts of the year or to be able to fill a wholesale order as soon as it comes in. I’m so proud of what my little business has achieved!

Why not pick up some craft supplies yourself and give it a go? Running your own business is so incredible and I have lots of business tips for you here on my blog :)

Pretty Storage Boxes
Loves x xx

Like this? Why not have a look at my Getting Organised At Home board on Pinterest?

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