My Workspace (a defined working-from-home workspace)

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

It took me a good couple of years of blogging before I realised that it's not just a passion of mine but, once registering a self employed, that it's also a job. I've shared in the past my feelings on blogging your way  and finding the right balance between parenting and blogging and it's safe to say that blogging, like most things in life, is a learning curve. 

One thing I noticed quite early on in blogging was the amount of time I spend sitting down. No matter how I justified it to myself, 'blogging' or 'working' , nothing changed the fact that I was sat on my bottom at a computer screen. These days I spend more time offline enjoying real life, exploring with my family for both pleasure and work but there are still big chunks of time I spend at the computer blogging / procrastinating / reading / working. 

It can be really hard when you work from home to draw a line between home-life and working-from-home-life, often the line is blurred, especially for those with younger children not yet at school. What's been working for me lately has been defining my workspace.

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Map masking tape and Travel Ticket masking tape £2.75 each via Bureau Direct

When we built our extension we gained a huge downstairs space, one big room with house-wide bi-fold doors to the garden that accommodates the kitchen, dining area, reading-snug and an office corner for me. My space is approximately 1.8 metres wide and a couple of meters deep, it's not huge, it's not a room on it's own far from distractions but it does really work for me. It's an area for just my stuff, where all the macbook, Ipad, iPhone chargers live alongside my PC. This means no iPhone charger by the bed anymore, no late night 'ooo I'll just have a quick 5 minutes on Pinterest before bed'. I now have space on my desk for working and styling photos, the natural lighting is nice and it feels like my space and helps me make that distinction between working and home life perfectly.

The L-shaped desk we built ourselves from old scaffold board, buying the hairpin legs from a chap on eBay, more on how we built that in another post. The L-shape works well for me as it give me a section for computers and a section for photography and illustrating. 

Here's my new workspace...

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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The wall tidy you see is in fact a child's gallery bookcase that was sent to me to review, intentionally for Ozzy's bedroom however when I opened it and assembled it (which was an easy one-woman-job by the way) I knew just the spot for it and claimed it as my own!  This and other childrens furniture is available from Great Little Trading Company.

Pictures made from dismantling a reduced-price Phoebe Wahl calender, bought for $9 from the Taproot Magazine Shop

Frames from B&Q on a 2 for £10 offer

Fox mask bought from Fred Aldous

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Screensavers - free from The Ink Nest as part of their April 2015 Productivity Kit. I love The Ink NEst and in this free kit is a pretty social media and blog planner too.

Taproot Magazine bought via Taproot.

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Makeshift magazine, this months offering from my Stack Magazines subscription. Makeshift magazine is 'a field guide to hidden creativity'. I recommend.

Jonesy Paper Pens & Field Notes Carpenters pencils via Bureau Direct.

Another Escape magazine via blogging chum HPMcQ.

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Homemade scaffold desk. Scaffold boards were free and the hairpin, incredibly solid table legs via eBay. I know a few people are after legs like these so if you want me to pass on the sellers info just let me know and I'll find out for you.

If you would prefer to buy a desk you might like to see what deals are available at Voucherbin UK.

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Pollinator BeeBomb bought from The Eden Project Shop , part of their range of wildflower seed bombs.

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Typewriter sourced for me by my good blogging chum Mummy Barrow, spare ribbon bought for it via Amazon for a fiver.

My Workspace (a defined working-from-home workspace)

My Workspace (a defined working-from-home workspace)

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Seed packets a gift from my How Does your Garden Grow? Seed Swap partner in the States, Doris Sander.

Butterfly Biscuiteers box (minus the biccies I scoffed) , a birthday present from my friend Penny from Parent Shaped.

Unicorn painted for me by Kitty

Balm sent to me to test by Elizabeth aka Margot & Barbara who is taking a break from blogging to create a range of practical natural skincare products for outdoor lifestyles, names Lark Skincare.

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

Workspace, a defined working-from-home space

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Rhodia Magazine Rack , mutilcoloured noteblock, Semikolon noteblock all via Bureau Direct

 

Do you have a defined blogging / work space at home? I'd love to hear how it works for you.