I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions. But, I like to start any new year thinking about goals and wishes for me and my family. As a freelance writer who works from home, one goal that's always at the top of my list is an organized office space.
In that regard, I am starting the new year off right, since I recently (finally!) completed my office organization quest. On the road to home organization, I have stumbled and fallen many times.
Organized for me may not look like organized for you. I could never be described as a minimalist. I love to look at minimalist-style homes in glossy magazines, but the fact is that I really like STUFF. Books, magazines, knick-knacks, photo frames, sculptures - these things make our home a home to me.
So, for my home office, I have tried to control the clutter as much as possible, boxing things up and adding side tables for storage. But, I decided that I am comfortable leaving many things on display. My tripod for example. I think it makes a bit of a nice sculptural piece. I smile every time I look at that little framed self-portrait my son did when he was a wee guy. Love the giant eyes. My lovely friend who passed away four years ago made the gorgeous woodcut print on the wall.
I fill my bookshelves with books, family mementos and pictures. There's a story behind so many of the items.
Sandwiched between a Women Artists book and the (dusty) journals of Kurt Cobain is a Seventeen magazine issue from March 1989. The prom dress I wore to my high school grad is featured in that issue. Mom drove me across the border to the U.S. to get it.
Next to my couch is my inspiration board, where I pin up ideas for books to read and ways to decorate.
Next to my desk is another inspiration board - this time for clothes and personal goals.
Here's where my writing takes place. I like to face the window so I don't feel so alone all day. The printer (over on the left) is on an old table from my parents' house. The chairs and the lamp all come from Homesense. The desk is an antique table that was my grandmother's.
I keep this photo of myself when I was about 17 on my desk. It reminds me to think about the person I was and the goals and dreams I had then. There's a picture of my Mom as a child too, and a (beautiful) friend of my grandmother's on the right.
This is a space where I can include girly things, like a portrait of Audrey Hepburn.
I found this little wine storage table at a liquidation store. I decided to use it for extra storage in my office space.
Me and my little girl went nuts with the label maker one day.
I am addicted to books and magazines. I have resigned myself to the fact that we will always have piles around. I kind of think they're pretty. The chocolaterie box holds my receipts.
I bought this rustic storage unit to house files and office items like a stapler, a three-hole punch and my external hard drives.
Of course, I have photos of the kids around, as well as some little animal friends.
I'm participating in the office organization challenge over at A Bowl Full of Lemons. Head on over and vote for your favourite office overhaul from Friday to Sunday.