Good morning Monday!
Are you racing out to your office like I am today?
Easing back into the work week is made easier for me by creating a comfortable, functional space in my work environment. I posted about my home office recently here and thought it would be fun to share some tips of how I add some creature comforts to my work space at the office.
As you can see I like a cheery palette, calming art work and a clean, simple design.
This comfy chair has been a good improvement to my space the last couple of years.
Personal touches, such a favorite photo, personalized screen saver and
the mug that I designed for Stylemindchic make it feel homey.
The Klean Kanteen is a must that goes with me everywhere.
Color coordinated file folders help keep me organized.
Adequate lighting for projects is also essential. I use a compact task light to adjust the light levels.
Fluorescent lighting gives me a headache so I prefer smaller, more ambient lighting in the space.
I brought in a jazzy little chair from home and have created a usable storage nook.
I also store plates, utensils and accessories to embellish my homemade lunches
or prep the occasional microwaved lunch. I like Kashi-a healthier, lower sodium option, that I have
stashed in the community freezer.
I added hooks for bags and coats and
a mirror for quick touch ups before a meeting.
Toothbrush/paste, hairspray, band-aids and even deodorant go in the drawer.
(Is it just me or have you ever wondered-half way to work-if you missed that step?)
One of my favorite tips is the hot water maker. I use this to make green tea on a daily basis.
This inexpensive little machine adds a healthy and comforting ritual to my day at the office.
I have a little stash of tea, oatmeal and Starbucks coffee (for emergencies)!
Green apples are always a favorite for snacking. I grab a handful at the beginning of the
week and they last nicely.
I had a huge 4' x 4' bulletin board over my office desk for years. It was burnt orange and as tacky as could be. One day I realized I couldn't stand looking at it another minute. I spotted an out of date calendar-with black and white photos of Paris-that I couldn't part with. I had an idea. Within minutes I tacked up a collage of the calendar pages to create a backdrop for my bulletin board. I guess it was
a bit like a vintage 'pinterest' board (if only I had thought of the real thing).
Though my smashing black and white board adorned my office for years, I couldn't resist tacking up some extra photos from my 50th birthday trip to Italy and France a couple of years ago. My colorful images play nicely with the black and white background and as I sip my tea I remember happy memories.
I feel fortunate to have my own office (with a door to the outside) following the building remodel a couple of years ago. Prior to that I shared a dark 'closet' with my friend Lily for about 8 years. I don't take the light and space for granted in this office and Lily is just across the hall.
One final addition I made to my office this year is an amplifier for my iPhone/iPad music.
I found this one ' Simply Vibe' at Amazon and I'm pleased with the sound quality (you can click on the photo for link-I just typed it into search on amazon and just discovered a range of items I hadn't expected ;).
A little tea, music and visual inspiration helps even the most stressful day on the job.
so I don't feel like this:
These elements help make facing Mondays a little more tolerable for me.
Do you have any tips for adding creature comforts to your work space??
Have a lovely week!
We are gearing up for holiday shopping at my Stylemindchic Boutique here!