SWWChic picked out 20 resolutions that we will achieve in 2016. So when we heard there was going to be a massive snowstorm we decided to get started. In this series, we will be exploring 10 ways to improve your space. Many of us spend more time working then we do with our families and yet our workspaces are generally boring and do not reflect our personal style. I often work from home, so my workspace needs to be both creative and flexible. When I first started writing this post I had a Christmas tree in the middle of my space.
I can tell you first hand that that makes it a little difficult to work. Which made me consider moving my space next season to one of the amazingly versatile WeWork shared workspaces in Washington, DC. Dupont Circle is quickly becoming my favorite location due to its creative backdrops and posh outdoor area! After I put the tree away, I was left with the blank, sad workspace above. Here are the 10 tips I used to kick my creative workspace into gear:
- Surround Yourself with Pieces that Inspire You: This black, embellished BCBG bag from TJ Maxx was under $40. It is going to be a fabulous, new staple in my wardrobe this season. The clean lines and gold embellishments make a statement and remind me to do the same! Also I often do a #lookoftheday so I have this fantastic $10 mirror from Home Goods handy, so I can try all of the different makeup looks each season.
- Dream It, Write It, Believe It: Don't just write your notes on legal paper (unless that is your shtick). There are so many affordable creative, and motivational journals out there now that can get your creative juices flowing better then ever before. I picked up this positive "Best Day Ever" journal for under $5 from TJ Maxx.
- Seat Style: Whether you own your own company or are a CEO of family management, you spend a lot of time in your space so you should shave a chair that is not only stylish but comfy. Since my office is in my living room, I have an upholstered piece from Ashley Furniture to make sure I am comfy. Give your chair some flare, with a stylish pillow, I picked up mine from IKEA for $5.
- And There Was Light: Positioning your desk close to the window can positively effect your mood and provide the additional lighting to keep you productive. I love having a window seat. The light and the scenic view has a calming effect on me through out the day. It really comes in handy when your only other view is looking at a computer screen for eight to ten hours a day. If you don't have a window seat available then add a fun light fixture.
- Organize Your Vision: I picked up this inspirational vision board from Home Goods for $12. It is a consistent reminder of the joy it brings me to share the SoWorkWeekChic journey with you. This board helps me to organize my shopping list, articles and outfit inspiration clippings. Who says organization can't be fun?
- Equip Yourself with the Best: I use an 11 inch MacBook Air because it is lightweight and portable. I can write or access what ever I need, wherever I am. My computer fits right into my purse, keeping me free to write whenever I am inspired. So think of what equipment will best suit your lifestyle and make the investment.
- Add Accessorizes: Everyone knows it is the accessories make an outfit, they can also make a workspace. I picked up this Cynthia Rowley jewelry holder from Home Goods for $16. The jewelry holder helps me organize all of the great accessories of the season. My current favorite is this Rose Gold Buckle Bracelet from Michael Kors.
- Use Non-Traditional Office Supplies: I love my clear acrylic and rose gold stapler ($16), tape dispenser ($7) and organizers ($12). They are pretty, useful and their clear profiles make it so they don't take up a lot of visual space.
- Add a Bit of Whimsy: Not only is my silver owl super cool, it is functional. It holds a little fragrant pouch and smells fantastic. This little bit of whimsy makes me smile every time I look at it and I picked up for only $5 at TJ Maxx. Need somewhere to hold your pencils or receipts? Then try something with a bit of flare. I picked up this super cute statement makeup bag for just $7. It holds my pencils and it adds the attitude and spunk to my space I was looking for.
- Find Fab Furniture: My Norden Gateleg Table from Ikea is over 11 years old and it is still going strong. This desk is (remarkably still available for under $200) very compact but has an enormous amount of storage space in these deep side drawers. Even my vision board has style from every angle. I love the gold detailing on the sides.
See how flexible my desk is! When I need more space, I just fold down my desk and I have more room to tape videos, hold photo shoots and organize product shipments. Having a space and furniture that meets the needs of my company really makes me happy and more effective.
It doesn't take a lot of money to create a creative space. I created this space for $135 (including the awesome purse). I hope these tips inspire you to create the creative workspace of your dreams! We would love to see which one of our tips you liked the most or even used, so don't forget to Instagram us your creative space using the #swwchic, tag us @soworkweekchic or send them to email@example.com.