Our little desk area is tucked under a window in the family room, boxed in on either side by a fireplace and the kitchen bench, and is a sorely neglected space. It’s an old solid wood desk which I painted years ago, and now is quite chipped and covered in ink but is still solid and sturdy. The area was once used as a gaming desk, then became a fly tying desk (which explains the tackle box in the photo below) and then became a spot where the laptop was kept and was a free-for-all dumping ground. It was an ugly space.
Our house isn’t large and having any area being underused is just a waste, so I decided to give it a tidy up and a face lift. I’m normally a make-do kind of person, but I admit I wanted the area to look colourful and fun to inspire me every day so I went out on the weekend and bought some supplies. Total cost of the facelift is $46.66.
Cork board, 90x45cm $23.72
Small clipboard $5.95
The mug was on sale in Spotlight, and the cork board, calendar and small clipboard are from Officeworks. The calendar was in a pack of 50 which I thought were loose leaf, however, when I opened the pack they’re sticky on the back, like a large post-it note. I’m a bit disappointed with this as when you peel it off the pack it curls and doesn’t sit flat. I’ve decided to just sit them on a couple of drawing pins on the cork board as I don’t want to waste them. But in the future I’ll make my own using a similar layout as I like the design, and print them myself on A4 paper.
On the cork board I have my monthly calendar which I want to use primarily for jobs to do in the garden, but will probably add some outside jobs too like spraying cobwebs under the eaves/pergola, cleaning stormwater grates etc. The small clipboard is holding my weekly to do list (template can be found here – This Weeks Tasks), and I have my credit card payments summary (template can be found here –Credit Card Tally) to motivate me to get it paid off within 2 years.
I like spaces to be primarily practical so I’ve kept it simple with accessories. I have my notebook and a pretty mug holding pens. I have a couple of books which I make reference to quite regularly, and I have two folders which I’ve covered in a fabric sleeve. One folder is for home projects, the other is my home journal which I use for keeping track of my accounts, meals list, bills etc.
That’s it. I’ve kept it simple, got myself organised and now have a space that I love sitting at and keeps me motivated. Love it!