I’ve finally set my actual, even though tiny, at home office (-ish space haha, because it’s not even a cubicle, it’s just a corner, but still…), on a budget, and below are all the details, as well as inspiration, you need to set up your own.
Working from home has a ton of perks. Working in pajamas, in any room you feel like it, laying on the couch even, naked Wednesdays or whatever… It’s amazing – there’s no doubt. However, it is challenging, because thin is the line between freelancing your ass off from the comfort of your couch and taking the 17th accidental nap with your computer in you lap (the rhyme was accidental too, but it rhymes – it’s true, right?). So, having a designated working space in your home, or just an area even, if you don’t have an actual room to turn into an office, can sure be a helpful in terms of getting things done.
Personally, this very office makeover, even though, again, it’s just that one corner, has been a total game changer for me. I mean I’ve been using this same corner as an office space for a long time, but it has never looked or felt this put together. And pretty, if you’re asking me haha. Seriously tho, it never really felt like an actual office space before, it was a work in progress in terms of both organization and style. None of the things (like pencil and pens and holders, notebooks, piles of paper and stuff, frames, decorative objects, jewelry, reminders, shit like that) really had its place, and when it did it was wrong haha. Now I’m not saying that I’ve organized all my stuff (if you’re a crafter you’ll know that that takes years haha), what I’m saying is I now have a decent working space that keeps me organized, productive & inspired yay!
Aaand it’s far from perfect, I know. The chair’s super old, the table’s scratched, even though I’ve only had it for a year (when you get the cheapest one from Ikea haha), and it’s a tiny space, but I love it & I wanna spend all the time hereee! (it’s where I’m at right now as I’m writing this). So, continue scrolling down to see all the photos I got for you, and then a little below-er for some of the pinpoints that helped me, first & foremost, organize things in the office, and then how to style it all. Aand obviously how they can help you when starting a tiny office makeover on a budget yourself.
As you can see above on the before photo, my couch used to be right next to the office desk, making my working space feel even tinier. So, I moved the couch on the other side, and it completely changed this space)
Tiny Office at Home Makeover on a Budget.
Some pinpoints I’ve considered that might be helpful for you to if you’re redecorating/setting up a small office on a budget in your home (I’m also linking the diys from this post below all this).
1. Essentials on reach of hands at all times.
In order for me to use the space as wisely as I can, and also to stay organized and productive when working, I had to sit down and group all the things I use everyday (or like really often). This were the things that I considered storing or displaying either on the desk or on the shelf, to keep close to hand at all times. And it was not easy for me as a crafter, which might as well be translated as hoarder only with more colorful stuff.
Another thing I considered here is to get everything to look neat & pretty & all, cause clutter is not good for productivity, bla bla bla haha. So, I stored my notebooks in this paper bag, and since there was more space in it, I put some colored markers and stuff that I use pretty often in. I used the white box in the right corner (where the succulent is) for my other stuff – tiny notebooks that I use (almost) everyday for the blog, for ideas and things like that. I used to keep these in this desk organizer, which I saw on A Beautiful Mess and made it myself too. I love it, it’s now on my shelf because while it was on the desk it became a place where all things paper ended up. T’wasn’t neat. Or pretty, because you couldn’t really see it.
2. the Budget.
I was postponing this office things partially because I thought that I was gonna need too much money to make it look like I’ve imagined it. But for that I’ll need my own house first haha. Big dreams, ammirite? But, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t have a decent office space now, until I buy my house (I was not joking, and I ain’t). So, I opted for the most affordable options that still get their job done. Like this desk I got from Ikea for like 30 euros or something like that. Since this is a temporary situation, I opted for lower costs wherever I deemed not absolutely necessary at this moment. In other words, this is where you get really creative and resourceful and shit.
3. To Speak to me
Another good thing about keeping only the essentials around, is that there is now (a little) more space for the things that have nothing to do with work really haha. But really tho, these are just as important, because while the previous ones keep you organized, these thingies here keep you inspired! These are personal photos, art prints that speak to you, some sayings that motivate you, memories, stones, life goals and dreams (dream business, dream house, places to go, something you wanna achieve in life)…
This is why I’ve created this mood board here, and honestly I don’t know why the fuck it took me so long to make one?! It was super fun while making it, and it’s even more inspiring and pretty to look at now that it’s done, at least for me. And it helps a lot – when I feel like I’m stuck on an idea & I can’t seem to move it forward, I can find some inspiration on it, or at least remind myself that sometimes I make some god damn pretty stuff haha.
I’ve also displayed some of my art prints on the shelf (the “Self Amor Por Favor” art print can still be yours in a printable version when you subscribe). I found this old phone at home, it reminds me of my childhood, when there were no cell phones, no internet, only these things… The most phone talks I’ve had then were with my friend Dragana – we talked for hours and hours and it was so much fun. We were kids, so you know we didn’t talk serious stuff. I love that I have this now to remind me of simple truths – you gotta have some fun in life dude haha.
You gotta put some plants in. Even if they’re faux, like the one on the shelf (the ones on the desk are real tho). Adding plants brings any space to life, and so is the case here. So, don’t hesitate to put some plant friends in your office!
the DIYs below from the photos.
Paper Bag DIY
Wall Clock DIY
Pencil Holder (from coffee cans)
I feel like I’m forgetting something… But, also I feel like I’ve been talking, nay, writing for ever, and it’s rude to not let anyone else have a say haha. So, if you too feel like there maybe something I’d forgot, then by all means, please comment and ask your questions. Or just share your thoughts on this, or some office organization/decor project you’re working on, I’d love to hear from you!
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