And welcome to The Road to Domestication in the year 2018, folks! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with friends and family! Let’s dive right in now, shall we?
I FINALLY feel like I’ve got my office together in the new house. (I keep saying “new house” – we moved here in May, can I still say that?) Anyways, it’s taken me that long to get everything arranged in the office (and decorate in there) the way I want it so I can walk in the door and breathe a sigh of peace instead of one filled with frustration. Thank goodness! It was starting to weigh on me!
One of the hardest things of having a home office that you actually do work out of is getting it to “feel right”. Know what I mean? This part of your home literally has to run differently than the rest of your home does, and sometimes that creates issues in work flow. So when Marie Nieves contacted me regarding a post about a redecorating a home office even when it is SMALL, well, that struck a chord. Check out her ideas!
Ugh, do you ever feel like you need one whole floor to organize all your office furniture, electronics, supplies and decoration? Well, I did, every day, until I realized what I’m doing wrong with my humble office space. All you need is good designing and decorating skills and even the smallest of spaces can feel and look spacious and airy. Here are some examples!
Do you ever wonder about the blogger as you read a blog post? For instance, do you ever wonder where I am when I’m working on this blog, or what my workspace might look like? I wonder those kinds of things all the time, and one of my favorite types of posts is a blogger sharing their home or workplace! I really enjoy seeing them in their element!
Well, Emma from WeWork contacted me last week and asked me to share a bit about my workspace! (WeWork is a co-working company with tons of resources for small businesses! Being the owner of a small business, I can appreciate that they offer everything from access to investors and conference rooms to production suites and lounges. If you don’t have a home office, or even if you do, and you need something more advanced…WeWork is for you! What an innovation!)
Funny, as much as I enjoy seeing that kind of thing from other bloggers, it never entered my mind to do it for my readers myself! So I took Emma up on her suggestion – may I present to you all, my home office…
You’ll probably notice one particular thing right off the bat: we like Coke. Actually, it’s my husband who likes Coke and collects the Coke stuff – I just thought a neat place for us to display all of it was in the office! And since my photography business stuff is all black and white, the red goes with it nicely!
On the left…
Most people seem to think I have it all together. This is hilarious to me, because I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT. Not even a little! I think that’s one reason why I never allow myself to stop and take a break, because there’s always something I can see that needs to be accomplished!
I have learned something, though. Even though I can look around and see things that need to be accomplished, it’s okay to not get everything completed at the same time! Easy does it! So I just thought I’d do a post today to encourage those who feel overwhelmed with all there is to do around their homes. It’s okay! You don’t have to do it all at once! Easy does it! Just go little by little! Let me show you what I mean: here are three things I did in three different rooms of my house that made a difference…and were cost-effective and EASY!
1. I added curtains to the sliding glass doors in the living room
The blinds have been there since we moved in, but I hadn’t been able to find the right curtains for the sliding glass doors in our living room in over a year. I searched everywhere I could think of with no luck. The funny thing was, I was actually at Target with my hubby looking for curtains for the DINING ROOM when he picked these up and said, “What about these?” “No,” I said, “Those aren’t the right style for the Dining Room. Nice for the Living Room, but not the Dining Room, babe.”
**Insert “ah-ha” moment here**
“OH! Those are PERFECT for the Living Room!!!”
**Insert my husband rubbing his ear here**
So for a while now I’ve had some paper boxes on the shelf in my office.
See the teal ones at the top and the colored ones towards the bottom? They’re nice and bright and colorful, however, I wanted them to be green and/or brown…since my office is decorating in shades of green and brown.