*** July 2011 Update: This is an old post, but perfectly fits the Friend Friday visual post on where we blog from hosted by Suze, so I am submitting it. And my workspece still looks like that! See all the other posts here. On the back of this post, I also did a roundup of other blogger’s workspaces if you care to check it out.***
We all know that an organised workspace can make a huge difference to the work you do, so one of the things Dave and I did at the end of the Christmas holidays was to clean up our study. We didn’t do anything major to it, but I’m happy with the results, so I thought I’d show some pictures – this is quite a phototastic post! There’s some tips at the end of this post if anyone fancies tackling their own workspace.
Our study is tiny (2.57m by 2.23m) and windowless and also doubles up as a guest bedroom. We both dream of a dedicated studio/craftroom where we can store all or sewing, knitting, painting and modelling supplies as well as our art books in one place, but we’re unlikely to get that any time soon. So we’re making the best with what we’ve got, it’s not as if either of us actually works from home!
This is the back wall of the room.
The inspiration board/random postcard holder.
The floating shelf. The boxfiles are old ones from work that were about to be thrown out, that I’ve painted. The desk tidy things are from ikea, and we painted them red.
This is Dave’s work space. The desk is one of those cheapy wood ones from ikea, we’ve had it for years. It used to have a pod at the side for putting the computer in, but that made it too wide, so Dave took that off, and sawed the tabletop down to size. He also painted it navy.
Dave likes penguins and turtles.
The left side wall. The lights were left by the flat’s previous owners, and the seating is a futon, because as I said, the room is also our guest bedroom.
This is where I write my blog from. I used to get a sore back from crouching over, so I now rest the laptop on a storage basket for height. Ginger likes to sleep here, hence the blanket.
The frame displays cd singles circa 1996-1997.
The door of the room, looking into the hall.
The right side wall, the view i have while working on my laptop. You can’t really see this, the print is that Japanese wave picture but instead of water, there are bunnies. Annoyed I didn’t take a closer up picture! The window is an internal one looking into the living room. It doesn’t usually give any light, but at least there’s some sort of connection with the outside world.
In decorating and tidying the room, These are some tips I can share:
* Start with chucking stuff, ruthlessly. I threw away about 10cds with random stuff burned on them. I don’t know why I was keeping them, if I ever needed that stuff again, I would never have known that’s where it was and would therefore have just gone and tracked the thing down again. Because we’re not proper home workers, we don’t have too much paperwork, but at work I adhere to a strict ‘if its not essential, it goes’ policy too.
* Everything in it’s right place. Clutter is the enemy no.1 of a workspace. This means that everything that you do need to keep should be in a storage container, like my box files, and the storage underneath the fishtank, which is mainly in these ikea boxes. (It sounds like I’m being sponsored by ikea, doesn’t it, the way I keep mentioning them! I’m not). All the cables for my camera, my ipod and the external harddrive are in those wicker storage baskets stored inside the coffee table so that I can access suff easily.
* Surround yourself with things you love. I’m not a fan of minimalism taken to the extreme. When I stare into space while writing, I want to see things that make me smile.
* But not too many of them. There’s a balance to be struck between inspiration and clutter of course. Too many things standing about for decoration get in the way of order, and actually make you appreciate each thing that is out less, in my opinion.
* Therefore, try switching things about. This is how dave and I solve the inspiration/clutter conundrum. The inspiration board is a slowly evolving thing, with new things being added piecemeal, and old ones being removed. Plus, we switch the hung pictures around every now and then. It’s nice to give yourself something new to look at every now and then!
So there you go! Any tips to add? What’s your workspace like? I’d love to see some pictures, bloggy friends! Maybe I could do a roundup of people’s spaces? If anyone does a post, could you link to it in the comments? Or email my pictures if you prefer – franca(dot)likes(dot)apples (at)gmail(dot)com! If I get more than three people taking part, I’ll do a roundup! Woo!