A few months ago I resigned from my job where I worked as a digital designer for a commercial radio network here in Sydney. It’s been an ace job and I will miss it but needed to reclaim some time to spend with my family, and be more flexible with my working hours. This week marks my first as my own boss. I’m declaring it a gap-week – there are a few things I need to sort out first. Namely, the office. It makes me shudder even to think of it.
We are lucky enough to rent a house larger-than-we-need and have a ‘spare’ room. It just becomes the dumping ground for anything that doesn’t belong anywhere else. I’m sure this is true for many of you who have lots of stuff and a multipurpose room. It’s a mess, but still slightly functional. My husband works one day a week at the desk, which is one of those large Ikea corner numbers. I bought it when I was working for myself about 7 years ago. It’s very practical, but ugly. As are the bits I bought with it (a Billy bookcase and the matching draw file, also from Ikea).
Here’s a quick peak at where I’m sitting as I type this (in my dining area) and the room where I need to set up. Scroll beyond these eyesores and you’ll be rewarded with some images from my home office inspiration pinterest board.
My plans for the room (above, on the right) are to keep all the existing furniture, reintroduce a second desk for my husband to use (an old one I’ve been storing at my Dads place) and rework the space so I have a clearly identified work area. Sadly, I’ve resigned to the fact it will still be an ugly room – no matter how lovely everything looks on Pinterest, I would need a room to myself in order to make it look pretty.
This one is a true multipurpose space and needs to house:
- the futon, this room is where our family and friends occasionally stay (thankfully folds to a couch)
- a wardrobe full of half our clothes, memory shoe boxes, photos and sentimental cr@p
- all our books
- family paperwork
- iron & ironing board
- my husbands desk & workstations + 2-3 extra computer bits
- a TV (nowhere else for the antenna to plug in)
- a circa 1990 cd/stereo unit, 2 sets of large speakers
- most of my husbands dj equipment and accessories
- all the other brick-brac that doesn’t fit in our garage
What I do have is a nice little corner to focus my efforts on. I can use the desk space however I want and this will need to house my computer setup and the sewing gear.
Not a small task. I’m taking inspiration from some of the gorgeous yet functional ‘small’ work spaces:
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Have you transformed a space? Got any tips or ideas for me?