Posted on September 23 2014
More often than not, we find the most inspiration and are the most productive when our workspace is clean, organised and functional. Today we’re going to look at some of the basic components of establishing a space that works for you – use some of the tips and tricks, all of them or interpret them in your own way.
Skill Level Beginner to Intermediate Materials Paper Cups - Nature Leaf Fabric Stickers - Frosty Gift Bag Envelopes - Petit Gift Boxes Small - Starry Gift Boxes Medium - Starry To Do List A jar or vase of your choice Scissors Some pretty flowers A notebook of your choice (maybe one that you don’t really like the cover of) Your favourite nail polish Some important tips and tricks before we get started: 1. Make it uniform. Try to bring a harmony into your space with some uniformity, for example using all one colour for your accessories. 2. Bring the sunshine in. Position your desk, workspace or self as close to natural light as possible to help you feel clear headed and calm. 3. Keep it clean (for your health and for your mind!). Keep your workspace clear of clutter, food scraps and stray tissues from when you have a cold. 4. Tidy a little at the end of every day. Leave your future self a little present for the next day and tidy the space – put your pens back where they need to go, finish some filing or wipe down your desk space. 5. Leave yourself a task for when you next sit down. This is a great way to ensure you get started with your most important task as soon as you get back to your desk. Instructions Dream Box
1. Assemble a small gift box 2. Take some paper and write down ten to twenty big goals and dreams you have for yourself – these could be something you’d like to achieve today or in ten years time (or somewhere along the way). 3. Cut your dreams out, fold them in half and pop them into the box. 4. Select three dreams at random by drawing them out of the box. Tape those dreams to the side of the box (as shown) and use them as your guide to refer back to during each day. 5. Change your dreams as you achieve them and be sure to write even bigger ones along the way. Nail Polish Box
Keeping a little creative task organised on your desk such as nail polish or crochet can help you get through those creative blocks we all have. 1. This one requires you to assemble one of the small gift boxes. Fold it according to the scored lines on the box. 2. Take your favourite nail polishes and place them, plus some make up wipes and nail polish remover into the box. Covered Notebook
1. Take a fresh new A5 sized notebook you have that might have a rather plain cover or a cover you aren’t particularly fond of. 2. Remove the fabric stickers backing paper. Lay the notebook open over the fabric sticker. Ensure you leave a gap around the notebook so that you can fold over the fabric stick to create a ‘hem’ and a nice even edge around the book. 3. Fold in each side of fabric sticker and trim any excess. I find that cutting a diagonal line out from each corner helps the edges sit flat. 4. Open the notebook and lay down it’s spine and other cover. Repeat steps 2 and 3. 5. Voila! Now your notebook is uniform to your other desk accessories and covered in a beautiful, fabric cover ready to be used as a to do list keeper, a journal of dreams or a place to write thank you notes! Vase 1. Take some of the left over fabric you might have from making your notebook and grab your vase or jar for your flowers. 2. Cut the fabric into strips. If there isn’t a strip long enough to fit around your jar, try cutting shapes like triangles to decorate it with. 3. Remove the backing paper from the back of the fabric and attach it. I’ve gone with two stripes, but you could cluster the stripes or shapes according to your own taste. 4. And there we go! We have another piece that is uniform on our desk that also brings in nature and the outside to freshen up the space. Paper Cup Storage Paper cups are perfect for storage, in particular they help to keep loose tools like pens and pencils in a central location. Colour coordinating or coordinating each cup with different tools can also be handy when changing your workspace from 'creative' to 'work' mode or while giving it a spring clean - simply move the cups and then pop them straight back afterwards! To Do List 1. Take a to do list you love (this one is from K Gets Organised) and write out your tasks for the day. 2. Complete your items as you go and attempt to keep all tasks on a single page. 3. Use the gift bag envelopes to store your completed to do lists as you finish them. 4. Open your to do list bag at the end of every month to reflect and view how much work you have completed and what your biggest achievements have been. It takes very little space but provides a very big reward over time. This project was created by Kelsie White of K Gets Organised.