My Not-So-Relaxing Workspace

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I spend an obscene number of hours each week in front of my computer in my home office, so you would think I’d try to make it a less stressful and enjoyable place to spend my time. Well, when we first moved into our new home last fall, that was my plan.

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But somehow, this idea for my office, turned into this:

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Eek! It’s not exactly what you call relaxing. It’s a tad overwhelming, right? It actually hurts my eyes to look at. GAH! Too much going on! 

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According to Lifehack, “the biggest key to creating a relaxing workspace is styling it in a way that makes you happy. If it feels right to you, then you’re on the right path.” The look of my current office definitely doesn’t feel right (or relaxing) to me, so I spent this morning on the internet looking for ideas and pricing some new furniture to turn it into a happier place to spend my time.

Here’s my newest inspiration:

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Much better, right? I’m planning to start my office update later this week, so I’ll be sure to share my progress as I go along. I’m excited to get going on it!

I’m off to celebrate my sister’s 30th birthday with a family lunch. I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday so far!

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46 Comments

  1. I absolutely love that one poster “I love you blogs and coffee.” I can’t wait until I get out of this tiny NYC studio and can create a space to work in.

  2. My workspace at work is very sparse because I prefer it that way. I love minimalist work spaces because I feel like they give my brain room to breathe!

  3. I love your ideas and color palette! Looking forward to seeing what it ends up like.

    I think it’s easy when you move into a new home to have all of these ideas, but then some of them just get put to the wayside because of time, money, etc. I’m definitely guilty of this! I’m currently trying to get started on working on our guest room which should’ve been done months ago!

  4. Looks great! I’m in the middle of trying to figure out how to redo my office space as well! I was thinking that I need to do an inspiration board for some ideas. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  5. We work at home and my husband and I share an office, side-by-side. We have separate desks, but we still need a larger space. Hopefully when we buy our house, we’ll make the biggest, baddest office we’ve ever worked in. I agree with everything in the article. It has to feel right. 🙂

  6. I love your design ideas. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    I think that the thing that really does it for me in a workspace is natural light. If my desk isn’t by a window, I’m useless.

    Happy birthday to your sister :]

  7. Can I make some suggestions?
    -Take your desk off the wall. Just turn it around and move it away from the wall with all the frames. Leave yourself enough space behind it for your chair and movement. You have a much better view and can even see out your window. You can get wire ties that will work to confine any visible computer wires. Also, if the back of the desk isn’t presentable. . ..
    -Paint the desk! I think your desk would look amazing in that yellow. What a great pop of color in room. You picked a nice color palette.
    -Last suggestion, paint the frame on the corkboard and find a wrapping paper pattern you love to cover the cork. It still functions as a cork board, but looks pretty.
    Just some suggestions. To be honest, I don’t think it’s all that bad now! But, you have to be comfortable in it. Have fun decorating in whatever way makes you happy!

    1. @Nancy: yeah, come de-clutter my place will you Nancy? 😉 It’s super small so you think I could have some control but apparently I’m a bit of a hoarder.

      I’d love to have a separate room for a desk! My kitchen table serves as the desk too and the whole central point of my apartment right now. 😉

  8. Yay! Excited to see the update! You’re right, that inspiration picture is beautiful~And I agree with Nancy above me! taking it away from the wall might work much better! I mean, away from the corner? I’m no designer by any means,and I’m learning myself. 😛

  9. I always feel like I can be so much more productive and relaxed in a calm environment. My apartment looks very cluttered and is very, very small and it’s so hard to get in the zone, which is why I spend so much time in the library. Gotta love grad school and studio apartments!!

  10. I totally agree with everything you said about workspace, mood, vibe, etc…SO important!!!

    I cannot work in a cluttered or messy space; either my desk, my kitchen, or really anywhere. The clutter and mess takes away from my creative juices or workflow b/c I just notice them more than what I should be doing.

    Can’t wait to see the changes you make!

  11. I don’t have very much room or resources to update my current “home office” (aka a desk in the middle of my living room. Ahh, single apartment living). But I love the ideas on that board!

  12. GET OUT! I just returned from IKEA, poured a glass of wine and am starting to assemble my new office furniture. We are FINALLY turning our spare bedroom into our office and getting our computer out of our kitchen. So glad to finally use the space we’ve paid for! Fun times!

  13. Is that desk in the inspiration from crate and barrel? If so, I have it, and love it. I definitely recommend it…and it’s really easy to assemble because all you have to do is put on the legs w no tools required.

  14. I need to do the same thing in my home office. I don’t work from home & don’t do much work in the home office but it’s just a hot mess going on in there & I need to do something about it! Can’t wait to see pics of your process. Maybe it will motivate me.

  15. I do agree with you! For me personally too much stuff over there. Today at work I decided to clear my cluttered desk – and it feels so gooooddd!!! Then half of the problems disappear from your head!

    Minimalist working desk/space – what I opt for 🙂

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