I'm SO in love with this home office Sonia has at Life, Love & Hiccups:
|Check out Sonia's home office in more detail here|
There are a few ways to fit office space in but they weren't going to work for me. I knew I could have the girls share a room and free up a room for my office, but I love that they each have their own space and didn't really want to take that away from them. I did try putting a computer desk in their play area at the back of the house, but it it was right outside Sophie's room so getting work done in the evening meant tip toeing around, and it meant I couldn't chat with Ben while I worked as he'd be in the lounge room and I'd be working out the back.
So after thinking about it for a while, I decided to try setting up a simple space in the lounge room. Something that was easy to get to, easy to keep tidy and didn't take away from the comfortable, family feel of the room. Plus, I could work and still hang out with the family at the same time :)
Here's what we came up with!
|As you can see, I'm an awesome organiser... but not the best photographer ;)|
I LOVE it because:
- It's clean and uncluttered - so it doesn't take away from the comfortable, family feel of the lounge room
- It's in a part of the house I use all the time - so I can quickly sit down and work in short bursts throughout the day instead of waiting for the girls to sleep, and then spending hours at the computer
- It has everything I need, but it's all hidden so the things I don't use all the time are not getting in the way and making it look untidy
Here are my favourite parts:
- The desk is small and has one draw to hold our gadgets - Ben calls this our new iDrawer ;)
- My stationery and other tools are all kept neatly in my 'office in a box'
- The stools to the side are lightwieght and stackable so I have extra seating options for people when I need it
Here's what I thought I needed but don't after all:
- A room with a door to close for when clients come by: It turns out, my business runs better when I chat with clients via email, phone or Skype! After all, they're busy mums and often need to chat to me while they're at home with the kids, or at work, so coming to me isn't the best option for them. When I do need to see them in person, it's better if I go to them anyway as I can get a feel for their space and what their organising needs are.
- A big filing cabinet: Most of my 'paperwork' is online now and stored 'in the cloud' - files, to do lists, invoices, blog posts, newsletter templates, my videos, workshop notes, printables, client files, pictures.. and more! All are securely hosted online now, which frees up tons of room. I don't need a dedicated filing cabinet as I'm not printing out and filing papers anymore (and the ones I had before are held in archives).
- A cupboard for organising products: Most items I sell now are through affiliate systems - so I don't have to have them in stock. Easy!
- Space for a printer: Our printer works wirelessly so I don't need space at the computer for it - it's in a different part of the house where there's plenty or=f space for it. And I rarely print now anyway.
Want to know more? Comment below and let me know if you'd like to find out what I put in my 'office in a box' and why it works!
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Marissa Roberts helps busy mothers find more time in the day to do everything. She teaches family friendly organising and time management techniques to mums looking for more work, life and family balance. Get her FREE ebook “5 Steps to an Easy Morning" at www.beautifullyorganised.com
- Images from Life Love and Hiccups posted with permission (thank you Sonia!)
- 'LOVE your work' image by me!
- Image of my desk was taken by me :)
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