This is currently what my work space looks like. There are little piles of stuff and clutter everywhere! In fact I don’t think there is a single clear surface in the room. If you read ‘my idea of minimal living’ you will know that we are having a sort through of the whole house. As the big clear-out continues, this is the area that I have been dreading tackling, and putting off. Ironically, it is probably the room that once sorted, will make the biggest impact on our day-to-day living.
It’s that bad, that honestly, I don’t even work in the office at the moment. Most days I am busy beavering-away at our breakfast room table, which is far from ideal. After all, the table is meant to be the place we come together and eat as a family, not a part-time work station. Also, it’s hard enough to switch off from the job when you work from home, without there being piles of paperwork right under my nose the whole time. I am sure I will find it easier to disconnect, when it’s not constantly in front of me, tempting me to do just a little more.
If possible, what I want from my work space is a minimal, functional room that also keeps me inspired. The office is compact, so I will need to get creative with the space. Adding to the challenge, is the fact that even when I have cleared lots of the contents from the room, it is still going to need to be the home for a fair amount of ‘stuff’.
This is why I am really exited to have discovered Thistle Magnetic plaster by British Gypsum’s Rooms Made For You Range. By creating a magnetic wall behind my desk l will suddenly have a whole other surface to use, which will free up lots of space.
When I was actually working in the office, I did stick things up with Blu-Tack, but my yearly planner just kept falling down and I didn’t even use the tiny memo board that we own. Any of you who have lived in a Victorian house will also know how difficult it can be to drill holes in the walls, as they are so solid, and inconsistent. It will be so much easier to be able to stick things to the wall, without even having to get the drill out of the cupboard, safe in the knowledge that they will not fall down.
There are many reasons why life will get a little easier when my work space is finally how I would like it. Organising and de-cluttering the office will have a massive impact on my productivity. I waste so much time looking for stuff, and things are never where I need them to be. By giving a bit of thought to where things should live and having some systems in place, it is bound to lighten the load.
The use of the magnetic plaster will be key to all of this, as I will be able to use the wall to plan and schedule, and also keep me creatively motivated. I can’t wait to have a work space which is inspirational and functional. I’ll be back in a few weeks to let you know how I am getting on with my plans, and of course that dreaded sorting out. Wish me luck.
This post is in collaboration with British Gypsum but all thoughts and opinions are my own.