Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hints + Tips - Master Your Workspace

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I'll be honest my office space and I have an on again off again kind of relationship. There will be days on end where I'm not far from my desk and then I will not visit it for a while. During my time away from my desk the piles of paper just keep getting bigger and bigger, then I'll bite the bullet clean it all up and we're back working together again.

I do have a few work spaces around the house:
  • I've a space outside where I paint
  • A space inside where I cut stencils and do a bit of painting too
  • Then there is my office where I study, file stuff, do design work, get a bit arty, blog, work from home and do other things that aren't all that exciting to share
Recently I was approached by Officeworks to help me Master My Workspace - of coarse I said yes. So armed with some gift cards I embarked on a shopping mission to purchase some goodies to improve my office space.
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It wasn't just new goodies I was looking for, I was also looking for some ways in which to give my workspace a bit of a lift and make it not just functional but more suited to how I like to work in the space and my style.

Here are some of the things I did to give my workspace a fresh new look:
  • I took everything off the desk, filing cabinet and bookcase and gave the surfaces a good wipe down. 
  • Added some plants to the space to give some life and greenery. 
  •  Bought some new artwork to hang on the wall. If you cant afford an original piece Officeworks has some canvas prints and wall art that may just be the thing. 
  • Placed odds and sods that looked messy on the bookcase shelf into black fabric covered boxes. 
  • Sorted out my pencils, pens and markers. I simply had way to may in the container on my desk, they were spilling out everywhere.
  • A portable speaker in which to play music from my phone through and a mobile phone stand. This stand came from Korea but Officeworks has a selection to choose from - I almost bought another one whilst I was in the store.
What did I buy from Officeworks to add to the space:
  • Paint brushes by J.Burrows - as an artist I love having paint brushes on hand. I really like using these brushes when using watercolour. 
  • Comsol cable to connect my laptop to a second screen. This is incredibly handy when studying and reading journal articles online and researching.
  • Black wire document trays. Yes, I've a thing for black accessories in the office space, black accessories gives the space depth and adds a bit of drama without being too in your face. These I've earmarked for things to be dealt with, filed and passed on.
  • A wooden picture frame that I've used to frame a piece of wrapping paper featuring vintage style illustrations of rabbits, I just adore it. 
  • A nice big clock, why? Yes, I know there is a clock on my computer screen and on my phone, but there is something about not just keeping track of time but the tick toc sound that a clock makes that I'm a fan of.
  • J.Burrows display folders, which I'm now using to present my design and art portfolios in.
Since tidying up my office space I've been at my desk nearly every day either blogging, studying or catching up emails.  When ever I walk past it I get a little bit giddy at just how much more pleasant looking it is than before. 
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