Two weeks ago I decided I wanted a desk. I needed Babe to get on board before I got myself all worked up on it. Now generally I don’t seek his approval for buying things but I wasn’t sure where it would go. I already had a dedicated work space.
A few years back Babe customized this wall unit for me so I had a space of my own. It was more of an office space when I was a personal assistant to a high profile client. Then I changed it when I started the sneaker business and geared it towards crafts. Now I want it back to an office space. I really wanted to have a shipping container office – they look so cool! Although I am pretty happy with how this office space looks at the minute.
The double door wall unit on the left is all mine. The one door open on the right is a shared space for the kids. My goal was to reduce my space down to one half of the unit and move LittleCuteLips items into the newly empty space.
This is where the bulk of the work came in. I had so much stuff that I could legit have my own crafting store in my house. Most of it is left over from my sneaker business and won’t be used by me or the kids. The other issue is I am a craft hoarder. I buy it because it is cute even though I have no immediate need or use for it.
Once Babe was on board we decided where I would put it. I originally had another location in mind, but his idea turned out to be better. So then I had to select a table. This is a “temporary-ish” set up so I didn’t want to spend a lot for my muffler. Once we move next year I will have a full on office space. This one was perfect and only $25 sweet bucks.
One of the things I like about Ikea is they give you so many options. You can select the table top and then you can select from a variety of leg options. I wanted a simple clean look so I didn’t do too much. Once we move this table will become my craft table within my office space and I will get a different style of desk.
I went with simple silver legs.
I got my new desk all set up but I had to keep working the wall unit items. I was reorganizing and purging at the same time. I made pile of items that I will likely donate to the school since LittleCuteLips is headed to Kindergarten. I don’t know why I have 10 tubes of glitter, a huge stack of colored felt sheets. Puff paint, embellished stickers and more… My desk hadn’t been set up five minutes before LittleCuteLips put her Lego’s on it. Really little girl!
I’m really trying to transition into this less is more type of lifestyle. So, I kept that in mind when setting up my space. My curl-swag mug is a favorite, it has my name and face on it. I picked up the gold M form Michael’s last week for $1.00. The wooden blocks are from Michael’s clearance section like a year ago. The gold lips came from Target I think. The “Day Dreamer” name plate was $1.00 from Michael’s and I finished the look off with my Funko, Orange is the New Black Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren vinyl figure. I realized I didn’t have a mouse pad so I’m currently using the new Ikea catalog until I buy one.
Our shared office space is connected to living room area. I’m not saying it’s perfect and there are still a few more things I would like to add to it but I think it’s good for now. The white chair you see by my computer is also only temporary as I am currently looking for the best ergonomic office chair for lower back pain. I’ve been having a few issues with my back recently and I’m not sure sitting on a cheap plastic chair for hours is going to help it!
Clean and organized.
Our office space with the newly reconfigured wall unit space.
The far left is all me, the middle top half is LittleCuteLips and the lower half is arts & crafts. The far right belongs to the Manchild. The silver “shelves” are actually pull out drawers with additional storage. Perhaps in the future, if we ever move into a larger office, we could consider a Serviced Office From Be Offices so then we don’t have to worry about all the small details involved in office operations, allowing us to get on with our work knowing that everything is being take care of.