It was as if every moment in my life had led to this point, this one chance at a blank slate … for creating my very own office space. A space all my own. People, it is as if heaven was shining down on me. As if I was chosen, one out of many, to be queen of the universe. Knighted. Blessed. Okay, okay. I know, I’m getting dramatic. But, it was still a very poignant moment when I stood looking at the box-filled room that was to be my new work studio.
But, there was a catch.
I had to also be the one to unpack it and organize it all.
Insert mild panic-stricken face here….
After about a week of hemming and hawing, I set out to work. Now, bear in mind, I just moved it, so we are far from done, but considering I was a gal that moved over from a dining room to her own room, I think it’s coming along well ….
In the process, discovered some simple little things that you can use for setting up your own office space. It doesn’t matter how big or small your studio space is (perhaps it is in the middle of the dining room like my last office or taking up a closet). These five quick tips are applicable and will help make any size office a more efficient, personal space.
Quick tips to help you organize your own office
- Create zones. This is most crucial – I knew I needed a photography zone, a printer zone, and a finishing zone (something we knitters do when almost done). It’s a grouping of like-objects/projects; everything you need to complete something specific. For example, I have a box right near my printer with ink, scissors, and paper. Aka: the Printer Zone. Space woes got you down? Perhaps you hang a bucket and paper folder right above the printer to hold your printer supplies! Don’t be afraid to “go up” when considering your zone placement options.
- Daily items within reach. There are just some things you know you reach for every day; have those within reach of your main work area. For example, I need my planner, pens, notebook, cell phone charger, in-box, and sticky notes. Those are placed right near my desk where I am the bulk of the day (and where I usually need said items).
- Label! Label everything so that there is no question where something is. Drawer full of pens? You know I got that. Box full of blocking mats or photography cleaning equipment? I know right where they are.
- Give everything a place in its zone. Find boxes, bins, or baskets, stack-able or hang-able, vertical or horizontal, and give it a home. The cleaner my work space is, the more productive I can be.
- Make it personal. This is about WANTING to be in there. Set up small corners with your oil diffuser or candles, pictures, or radio. Add a cozy chair and table so that you can sit back and relish your personal space.