Back on Track

Where did January go? Well to be honest, I’ve been asked, ‘Where did you go?’ as January found me totally MIA on my blog and for the most part on my other social networks.

I want to thank Luciane from Home Bunch for checking in, and following up with blogging words of wisdom and advice. Have you read Luciane’s blog? The homes she shares with us are nothing short of amazing, and they provide a ‘go-to’ resource filled with inspiration. Really, you should stop by… Luciane is also on Twitter if you would like to follow her there @HomeBunch.

So where did I go? Well I’m happy to say that my office, though still a work in progress, is a MUCH happier place to be as January has been spent pulling the office apart and putting it back together again. Here’s a before glimpse of the disaster zone. Everything plopped, dropped, and piled. Um, just a little mortifying to share…

Office Disaster Zone

I know, hard to believe isn’t it?

My husband and I share the office, so he has ‘his’ zone…

'His' zone - complete with windows AND art work!

…complete with windows and art work!

I have ‘my’ zone…

'My' zone - no windows, no art work...

…notice, no windows and no art work!

And we have ‘our’ zone, which is everything shared in between…

 

'Shared' zone - filing cabinets, office supplies, storage... (yes, that's 'storage' under the desk!)

See the ‘everything in between’… filing cabinets, office supplies, and ‘storage’… bookcase, tools AND fire escape!!!

...more 'Shared' zone - bookcase, tools, AND fire exit!!!

And just in case you didn’t get the full impact, here’s another overall ‘before’ shot of the disfunctional disaster zone! Yikes!!!

'Disaster' Zone!

Clearly, too much of a ‘good thing’ is NOT a good thing! Well, not including the art work and the windows. I’m an ocean girl, so the art work is a jump-off point to anchor the room, and the windows are a no-brainer… who doesn’t want a window in their office?

Where to begin? Well before I set to work in the office, I spent time reading and catching up on some of my favorite blogs. I have to mention Maria Killam of Maria Killam Colour & Design, and Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs. From Maria and Traci came their fearless sharing of the goals they’ve set, met and are hoping to achieve. You can read Maria’s here and Traci’s here. I found these posts particularly timely as they reminded me that there will always be someone ahead on the path, someone behind, and that what really matters is where I am on my own path in relationship to my own goals. Such a needed boost to get at the office, so I can actually think about goals instead of thinking about the office!

So in ‘stalling’ in order to ‘steel’ myself to get at this incredible mountain of chaos, I continued to read my favorite blogs, and again lucked out on another timely post, this time by Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home. Lauren shows us her office/working space, and the new storage cubbie she purchased for it. I found Lauren’s post very motivating because it reminded me that I was not alone in trying to create more function in my home office space! And check this out… look at Lauren now! Motivation, inspiration… what more can I say???

So now I say, let the work begin!

Dad, my project partner, in action!
Assisting - that counts, right?

We are in a rental so I was careful about where to make the changes, and how much to invest in them. This shelving is not my first choice, but it’s sturdy, adjustable, and we can take it with us when we go.

Portable shelving 'made to go'... is that the same as 'take out'?!?!?!!!

Now that the bones (for the zones so-to-speak!) are in place, I’m working on creating some personality. I have yet to find the perfect piece of artwork for over my desk, and I’m on the search for other accessories and fun pieces… but between us (I mean, just between ‘us’ – you and me -), I decided how to improve the office and where things should go… but I think that’s fair because hubby gets the window! That’s fair, right???

The ‘after’ photos will be posted soon… I’m just really holding out for that perfect piece of artwork, because I know it will make all the difference!

I always read your comments and would love to hear from you… what would you do in your office if you were in a rental?

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6 Replies to “Back on Track”

  1. Sheila! Thank you for the shout out! Please know that I, too, have to remind myself of these things ALL THE TIME. Can’t wait to see your freshened-up office. It’s amazing how a “new” space revitalizes us!! xoxo!!

  2. Aww… you’re so nice! Thank you so much for mentioning me! I just need to know were you were because I missed you. πŸ™‚

    I was laughing, smiling and really liking this post, Sheila! So, your husband has artwork and windows, huh? You need to have a talk with him! lol

    Anyways, I can’t wait to see all the pictures! This is a really cool post, Sheila! And you look pretty! I really like your hair.

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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