Sooo I know that not everyone has a designated “office space” – some people simply cart their stuff and their laptop around and plop down wherever they can find a free seat or wherever they feel the comfiest. Honestly, that doesn’t sound too bad, and there are definitely times when I just find myself a cozy corner of Starbucks and get a sh** ton of work done. HOWEVER, whenever I am at my house and trying to do productive work, I can’t seem to concentrate – unless I am sitting at my desk with no clutter around me. I love my new desk, and it helps a TON when I’m trying to concentrate on Gray Graphics stuff or wedding planning or whatever other #adulting things I have to get done each day. So I thought I would share my desk/office space setup with you all!
This is an overview of my office space. Notice my new desk – I got it on sale at Walmart, and it is holding up pretty well for my purposes! It’s not the biggest desk in the world, but it is made of a pretty nice material that’s holding even under the weight of my printer. So that’s good. My office space consists of my desk (with all of the decorations and such), two three-bin Steralite drawers, a module dry-erase planning system, and my TV/Xbox.
The big picture above is of the very top shelf of my desk. There are a few different décor pieces up here because I believe that in order to be productive, you have to be surrounded by things that make you feel good – things that make your mental space clear and positive. The biggest décor piece I own is the sketch of a naked woman. I found this at Goodwill and bought it for $3! I honestly love it so much. I also have a smaller framed quote – “positive mind, positive vibes, positive life” – to remind me of my mantra every day. In the way of littler nicknacks, I have a vase of fake flowers, my cup of dry-erase board supplies, my portable bluetooth speaker, and a 365-day devotional journal. The smaller picture frame there is currently empty; it says “I Do” on the bottom of the frame, and I’m keeping it empty until I have a wedding picture of Ben and I to put in there.
The two separated shelves underneath of the top one hold a bunch of different smaller office supplies – sticky notes, binder clips, stickers, note-pads, stamps, index cards, etc. The drawer to the right of those two shelves houses all of my files – tax documents, wedding checklists, personal stuff, etc. On the main surface of my desk, I keep my computer monitor – which I almost never turn on because my desktop computer is out-of-service right now – my Gray Graphics business binder, my filing system organizer, my pens/pencils/paper clips/etc in that little organizer, and my printer.
This modular planning system is a dry-erase set that I bought at (can you guess it?) Walmart. The top left is a cork-board where I place important appointment reminders or flyers. The top right is a space for notes which I usually just use to record an inspirational quote each week. This week, my quote is from Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” It’s a nice reminder to let God handle it.
The bottom left is – obviously – a monthly calendar. I use this mostly to track when I work at my part-time jobs each week. I also write down appointment dates and other non-recurring things. The bottom right is a weekly layout that allows me to write down important to-dos that I need to get done throughout the week. I use this actually to help me remember my daily routines. As you probably know if you’ve been following my blog for a while, I have anxiety. It helps me to have a set routine each week, and this panel allows me to write out that routine so that if I forget what I have to do on a certain day each week, I have this as a reference.
Underneath of my desk (on the right) and to the side of my desk (on the left), I have those three-bin Steralite drawers. Right now, the one under my desk is pretty well-organized. The one to the side, well…. Not so much…. The one under my desk houses a bunch of office supplies in the top drawer, technology supplies in the middle, and printing supplies in the bottom. The one on the side houses (in no particular order) essential oils, a lighter, candles, printing supplies (I know, redundant), crafting supplies, and countless other things that I haven’t had the time to go through… My Xbox sits on top of the drawers and is connected to my TV (which is mounted to the wall above those drawers).
Woo! That was a lot of explanation! As you can tell, I do like to be super-organized (for the most part). Again, this is a concentration thing. I find that if my desk is cluttered, my mind is cluttered, and then I won’t get any work done even if I am sitting down in front of my computer. I hope you guys enjoyed this inside look at my desk and office space! What kind of desk/work space do you have? Let me know in the comments or send me pictures on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!