I am back after a long break from blogging and content creating. Are you even a blogger if you don’t hit that wall of a blogging break, whether intentional or unintentional. So what better way than on the birthday of the garage conversion for my return to blogging. A year on and I absolutely still adore my home office. The use of the space has changed slightly since we completed the semi garage renovation.
Get comfortable and read on to see how we are finding using the extra space and how we have made adaptions to suit our needs.
What Changes We Have Made
Overall the extra space is still primarily a home office with the computer set up. You can see the stages of the renovation here from my original blog post.
The main changes are that I have got over the minimalist stage. I have started using the space more for myself, and less for an instragram picture perfect space. Don’t get me wrong the office is still perfect for the gram, but now it is much more lived in as such. More items have appeared in my office, but I always make sure for my own mild OCD these are kept away neatly.
My desk must actually be the only surface in the house that doesn’t get messy, we all have one of those spaces don’t we. Constantly items like letters, receipts, hairbands and other random items grouped in a pile of unwanted crap. Our worst spaces are a section on the end of the kitchen side and the space under the TV, this is nearly as annoying as the pile on the stairs but we will save that rant for another day.
In all seriousness, I have made sure the office stays tidy and ready to use at the drop of a hat. Where the office is situated, it isn’t a place you would walk through that often so this helps in keeping it tidy.
I used to have a navy chair in the office but since our new guinea pig Pearl wheels in there at night I have moved the chair into the kitchen. To be honest the chair gets much more use now, it has been lovely to sit whilst the kids are arguing eating their dinner and I can referee in comfort during the witching hour before Daddy comes home.
Last year I really suffered with stress and my anxiety was at an all time high. As a new years resolution I decided to bring in more self care and time out for myself. Fair play this resolution has stuck better than the annual diet goal. I make sure the majority of my evenings are doing my own things which all items for this I store in my office neatly, this has made a huge difference for my own mindset.
Since Rowan has a tiny bedroom which is on par with Harry Potter’s bedroom space (but not located under the stairs) we have to be stealth like when storing toys. One issue was lego, which having a toddler son who is on the same neatness level as me and loves items organised is quite a blessing. We decided to get an Ikea Trofast unit to organise his Lego into coloured sections which is now located in my office. Since we have actually got a second unit, and they don’t look out of place. We brought white draws to keep with the décor, and the unit doubles as a place to store my jigsaws and my music player.
We had a slight room layout change when we made room for Pearl coming in the evening, we have to move her otherwise the cat is sure to try to eat her. Since standing the Ikea Kallax unit around long ways, I have so much more room doing this. One of my secret pleasures is moving rooms around, this drives Antony mad but he knows deep down my random ideas make for a better room.
Other items that have made their way into the office are the cookbooks, these were on the kitchen side but they looked cluttered. Now they are neatly in the Kallax unit as this doubles as a bookcase. We now also have a homework caddy, this has now been located in the office. The only other addition is due to going paperless (watch out for a future post on this) I had a spare grey storage box, which now home the Playstation games and controllers..
How We Use The Space
The main use of the office space is when I work from home, this is mainly during school holidays. I am trying to make sure I try and work from home the odd day in a month as I am super productive working from home due to elimination of distractions, plus I feel less stressed knowing I have a day in a few weeks that I will be working from home.
On a Sunday in my office, I will do a weekly review using the Getting Things Done method (GTD). This is to plan my week for home and work, honestly it makes a Sunday evening so enjoyable, knowing the week ahead is organised. Plus using the space to complete my own life admin tasks and obviously playing on The Sims.
I will sometimes catch up on work or admin with Rowan around when he is busy playing, mainly I will use the kitchen table with my laptop. The past couple of times, I have used my office and Rowan will sit on the rug and build lego while I crush some tasks. Another reason the lego storage new location was a great idea.
With the other half of the semi-garage renovation, we have not noticed an issue with reduced space. I was convinced we would struggle going from standard garage space to reducing the size by half. You tend to adapt with the free space you have, and this is what we have done and this has not been an issue in the slightest.
I absolutely still love our home office, the area is clear and aesthetically pleasing which makes your mind clearer and makes you more productive. Keeping the area tidy has been a great achievement and means I never have clutter to stop a creative flow taking place.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how we have made the renovation more homely and how we have used the home office during the last year.