I’ve spent almost ten years self-employed now, and I’ve worked in many spaces during that time; bedrooms, gardens, and about eight different sofas. But it’s undeniable just how much more productive I am when working at a desk space.
Perhaps you’ve started 2019 not quite with the go get ’em attitude you were aiming for. If not, it’s time to draw a line under that and start fresh. Or even if you have, is your desk or office space letting down the side and forcing you to work that much longer because everything is disorganised? Today I’m teaming up with Bisley to talk you through my top tips for sorting out your space to help you work, rather than hinder.
Start with a clear-out
It’s a fairly obvious one, but start with a clear-out. Just before the new year I emptied all my desk drawers and had a serious tidy up; I was even brutal with my notebook collection. I’m lucky in one aspect that my desk is in the living room as it encourages me to keep on top of it (don’t get me started on my stock room, though).
I like to organise my drawers in certain themes. My left top drawer has all my packaging materials in; boxes, stickers, supplies of clear and brown tape, plus all my bits like ring sizer and tape measure. My other drawers are then organised into notebooks, receipts and files, other supplies and packaging things.
The Bisley Multidrawers have been so helpful with this; they’ve given me even more storage space, and with five smaller drawers, I can really separate things so I know exactly what is in each drawer. No more scratting around in every desk drawer when it’s time to do my accounts! They’re also a gorgeous shade of pink, which has been helping to brighten up my space.
Consider your layout
It’s not always possible to have your office or desk in a certain design, but if you can move things around, do! My desk used to be in the corner of our living room, but it was the darkest place I could have sat, and it wasn’t the most inspiring, staring at the walls all day. Since moving it to in front of our window I feel so much happier sitting down for the day. My front garden isn’t the greatest, but it certainly beats the corner! Perhaps have a little re-arrange of your office and find the most inspiring layout for you.
Scents boost my mood an incredible amount. I always have candles or incense burning, or using my oil diffuser. I’ve wanted an oil diffuser for a while now, and was gifted one from my lovely Mum for Christmas. She got me a little set of oils, mostly in really fresh citrus scents that I find really energising. You could even just get candles or scents that you love to put you in the right headspace to get to work. I’ve also been burning my Wild Celia African Buchu candle which is the most wonderfully unique scent, I find myself sitting at my desk just so I can burn it!
Add plants and flowers
A few months ago I wrote about why every home needs houseplants, and one of the reasons was that plants are scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, make people feel more positive and lower blood pressure! A little succulent works great on your desk, or get a large ficus or dracaena plant for the floor next to your desk.
Invest in furniture that works for you
I’ve made it well known on here about my desk struggles, but I finally have one that I love. It’s going to make getting to work so much harder if you don’t have a comfortable, supportive chair and a great desk to work at. So invest in yourself and create a space you love to work at. Check out my operation organised Pinterest board if you need inspiration!
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I was kindly gifted the Bisley Multidrawers for review purposes. All words are my own. If you would like to work with The Tetbury House, please get in touch.