As a work from home mum, it’s been getting increasingly difficult to remain organised as my business grew, I needed a base to keep everything together and keep personal paperwork separate from anything work related. The beauty of being self-employed is I set my own hours but the reality is I’m often checking emails while my cooking the evening dinner, I try to set aside a couple of hours during the day to sit down and focus on my to do list so running around to trying to find everything wasn’t a productive use of this time.
I needed a workspace.
Not if no buts.
I NEEDED a work space. Somewhere without the distraction of the chores that lay around me, toying with my mum guilt. Somewhere I could escape to, where everything was to hand.
But I WANTED a beautiful workspace, one where I longed to sit and tick off my to do list. Where I could indulge my stationary and interiors passion and sneak in a hint of femininity in my male dominated house. This would be my corner.
Luckily I had just completed a bedroom furniture makeover which included a beauty of a sold pine dressing table which I’d up cycled. This was my space, the one area of the house where I could keep my stuff and not feel selfish. But I also longed for a space to get ready in the morning, I needed two spaces. Could I be that greedy and indulgent? We yes actually, I could, with a multi use workspace / dressing table.
To define these roles between home office and dressing table, I separated the desk down the middle. One side is make up, jewellery and perfumes , the other is adorned with coordinating Busy B stationary from their new fashion range. It brings a shot of colour to by grey furniture and the navy compliments my make up bag.
There are clever little features of the Busy B range which help keep life a little more organised in a fun a funky way; take the work and personal sticky notes, separated by their 2 mini styles and 1 large, help keep me on track with family and business and much prettier to have in show than the standard yellow which remind me too much of being in an office.
while the expanding file is a handy space to stash my paper work and keep it separate from the household finances. ( it also comes with blank stickers to label your own sections in addition to the ones in the photo)
I use an sized A5 notebook, just the right size for my handbag, so I can jot down ideas and must do’s while out and about and it doesn’t take up precious desk space once I’m home.
And there’s the pen. Oh the pen! I’ve had a pen thing going on since starting secondary school many moons ago. I can’t abide cheap scratchy ones but have resisted the temptation to buy any nice ones of the years simply because I loose them (mainly to my children) Luckily neither of my boys are going to want to take this one to school. And keeping it in it’s case makes it less easy to loose and much quicker to find at the bottom of a bag. It’s been over 5 days without going awol which is a record for me!
So that’s how you style a multiuse workspace in your home. I’ve created an area of my bedroom which doesn’t look too office like by choosing beautiful stationary which I don’t mind having on display and and area which I can escape to and get things done with out distractions.
With fresh blooms, photos of my children to remind me why I’ve opted to work from home and my favourite aromatherapy hand cream close by. I have everything I need for this Mumpreneur to release her creativity on the world.
Failing that it’s just a really nice place to hide from the kids.
Mummy’s working boys, go find your dad.
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I was gifted some Busy B stationary to complete my home office makeover.