workspace necessities for WAHM’s

7 years ago i vividly remember a chat i had with my then Regional VP to convince him that i would be more successful without a commute, more focused without typical office distraction and that since i didn’t have a local team, i ensured self-motivation.  he was hands off… leaving me with a reminder that, “when you become less successful at home, you’ll be back in the office.” i was out to prove my value; and i won! i have a driving force, a diligent mentality that when i commit to a project, a design, a client — i will follow through regardless of circumstances.

i love working at home. i savor our afternoon naptime – i can sit in cozy clothes and work merrily in the sun and uber-quiet house. i love that i can work on my schedule… and not normal business hours. i can turn my phone off for the entire day and head to the zoo. as long as i get my work done, within the parameters of client agreements… i can relax a little bit!

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#1: CORKBOARD

i design, therefore i need pretty things full of color, perspective, joy. large photographs that inspire. color swatches. magazine tear-outs. lovely words to encourage. above my desk hangs an over-sized cork-board full of stuff. which i’m not going to show you — because then you would know my secrets!! no matter what you do — find pretty things & quotes & photographs & lovely tokens of love to inspire you.

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1. Lisa Nelson is an INCREDIBLE designer. find her print here. /// 2. Happy Monkey photography that takes you on her travels. Photo here.  /// 3. Boden flyers. These graphics make me want to be better at design.  /// 4. Color swatches.  /// 5. Inspirational quotes. Linked here.

 

#2: WATER CUP + JUSTIN’s ALMOND BAR

i keep hydrated all day long with a big cup of ice water complete with a lid & straw. and after attending the Entrepreneur GrowthCon last month i was introduced to these amazing bars of goodness. keep a few on hand because there’s no vending machines at home — so why not eat a candy bar much healthier! 🙂

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#3: GADGETS & GIZMOS

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1. wireless mouse = less cords to move as you move your laptop from the couch to the chair to the table and back to the desk.  /// 2. wireless printer – print from anywhere. and no, i’ve not splurged on this yet… but someday when our amazing laserjet printer dies, this will be in my shopping cart.  /// 3. headphones with a mic — to cancel out the noise around and for handsfree phone calls. these are amazing /// 4. quirky cord holder — yep, for everything else that is not wireless, get this. only $10 at Target and wicked amazing.

 

#4: LOVELY WORKSPACES

i collect ideas for new brands/logos. notebooks full of designs. inspirational online spaces.  i think i need to start a new pin board. one to inspire my workspace. with a stark cold ikea desk that collects daily dust + kids fingerprints i am happier sitting at our kitchen table in our metal tub chairs than at my actual workspace. here’s a few that inspire me…

Martha Stewart always has lovely ideas, doesn’t she?  i love this long, organized, lovely workspace.

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white & more white & plenty of inspiration board space. i am in love. okay, ikea desk is getting painted. found here.

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yes & yes. i can totally see having my dad build this desk out of reclaimed barn boards. inspiration right on the desk top.

GOLDEN HOME OFFICE

& for that day i have an entire room to myself. i will leave crumpets on the table… or just a bowl full of Justin’s Almond Bars! thanks HGTV for the inspiration.

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Love all of it!!! The Justin Bars are really good, I have to look up where i can get them here. I am moved by this post to start a really inspiration board!!!

  2. I worked at home before I began my stint as a stay-at-home Mom, and although I don’t have a “job” per se (i.e. my work doesn’t come with a paycheck), I know that YOU know that I certainly do work!! 🙂 And my space is (as I sit admist it) totally uninspired, cluttered and unfinished really. Remember when I posted this whole craft room/office re-do? Yeah, that was almost a year ago! I painted, but the finishing touches of organizing and artwork are left undone. This just inspired me to use my next nesting burst to try to do something with this space :-)!!! Great tips!

    • FLT IS a job! girl, you know that!!!! i cannot wait to see that office when i come visit in a few weeks! 🙂 and if it’s not ready — i’m going to just dig in & help you!!

  3. My dream is to work from home. These office shots have made that dream even more sparkly–especially that HGTV one!

    I’m beyond impressed by your self-assurance and tenacity, Aimee. I’ll be contacting you when I plan to negotiate my move to a home office 🙂

    • home offices are the BEST, especially when you’re getting paid to work in one! and yes, i’m your girl for negotiating. i think a lot of companies are going that route now — more productive, happier employees while saving the company tons of money on office space. and now it’s time for me to re-do my own home office. i totally swooned over those photos in my post!

  4. Thank you for posting this. I just started working from home and I’ve been a SAHM for about a year. It’s been a very challenging and I’m constantly fight feelings of guilt. I know God did not lead me to this to make me feel guilty, but to set us free from debt. Also, thanks for the other posts. I need all the encouragement I can get!!

    • i’m your girl — i’ve been there, done that, i hear ya! would love to interact with you a bit more and see how else i might be able to help you in your new role. having a cozy office space is great too — really helps you focus on work instead of your environment when you have such limited time to stay focused!

  5. Always wondered how you worked your magic. 🙂
    TGIF!
    xo Heidi

    • lots & lots & lots & lots of inspiration in the form of nature, watercolors, quotes, verses & amazing graphics that are totally outside of my abilities… gives me something to strive towards. 🙂

  6. Ahhh, home offices are so lovely. As I sit in bed with my lap desk after getting rid of my REAL desk and putting all my crap in an armoire, I am now sad! BUT– our office was never going to be a place of inspiration for me. I really need an inspiration board!

    • i LOVE working with my laptop on the couch or at the dining table… but yes, an inspiration board — even something small to hang in your room or in the kitchen or on an empty wall you pass by will inspire, stir emotions, cause you to look at something differently. i love adding to my board… and i love purging it and starting fresh every few months. some items remain untouched while leaving room for my board to grow. good luck friend!!

  7. I love your inspirational workspaces! I keep trying to carve out a place just for myself, but I can’t seem to find a place. For now, I’m at the kitchen table, but I hope to move up to a real desk one of these days.

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Saturday Night Stars link party. I appreciate the support. you’re the best!
    ~FringeGirl

    • i work at the table A LOT! 🙂 it’s much cozier for me to spread out! i love your link-up idea… can’t wait to see it flourish!!

  8. this is amazing! I love it. I’m in the process of re-organizing my work space. I’ve really let it slide, and now I have some awesome inspiration.

    great post!

    • thanks Laura. i know this post research certainly reminded me to lighten up my dark black desk. it’s getting painted, covered in old barn wood or i’m just thrashing it and doing something completely new! it’s time to sit at my desk more and enjoy my inspiration board. thanks for stopping by Laura; means so much to me!!

  9. Love all the inspiration! I too dream of a whole room to myself. sigh. For now, the kitchen table is where it’s at! 🙂

    • putting this post together actually has me dreaming of a new workspace. i too sit at the kitchen table and right now, on the couch… i need to do something to make my workspace more inviting & encouraging. a new update will be coming soon!! 🙂

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