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My Office

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I’ve had this here blog for almost seven years. And for most of that time, I had an office where I could be messy and creative and leave my stuff everywhere and have craft supplies organizedish and close my door and work like I mean it. I’m happy to say I used my offices well and fully. Until we moved to this house. This blog is our family business and now I have no office.

Our house itself is about 1750 square feet. Over 1000 square feet less than our last house. Of course, now we have 12 acres and a pond and a tree house which is SO FUN, but our house has been increasingly messy because the entire house is turning into my office.

green barn

We also have the World’s Worst Barn on our property. And after we had already decided to make an offer on this place, I found what everyone in my family already knew was here…

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Office Update

nesting place office

To the internet, my office looks like this. And mostly this. But it hasn’t looked that way in a long time. I sold the rug at the Big Sale in October and moved the mirror up to the boy’s room. The antelope head is part of the gallery wall.

nester office

For the past few months my office has looked like this. I found a mirror on clearance for $30 at Home Goods and I’ve been meaning to paint it. So finally I cleaned up my office and found an inspiration color in my Come Thou Fount canvas.


coral paint

pretty coral paint color

I do what I always do when I’m painting something small, I mix up all my colors until I get something I like. But once I put the mirror in my office it was too light. So I painted over it and then it was too mauve. So I painted over it and then it was too light pink, so I painted over it and then it was too strawberry.

painting a mirror

wrong shade of coral

Currently, it’s still strawberryish. The sun’s been behind clouds for what seems like months, so I’m not going to make a decision until it comes out again. So here it is today. The color is what it is not because it’s my perfect choice but just because I got tired of painting. It doesn’t have to be perfect for me to give up for a while.

pink mirror

Instead of getting mad and crying to my husband and asking him to paint it for me and feeling dumb, and throwing the mirror away and whining that nothing ever goes my way, I just know that this is part of the process. I’m not ruining it, and I still like it better. And when the mood hits, I’ll find that perfect coral.

Creating a Calming Office Space

Having my own office makes me feel like a queen.

Except when it looks like this. Then I feel like the opposite of a queen. No, not a king. An ugly stepsister punished by being surrounded by too much cute stuff. I was so looking forward to making my work space pretty that I overlooked the fact that it needed to be functional.

It all started so innocently. I had this run of the mill table that I bought from KMart for $5o years ago. You’ve seen this table before in half your friends’ houses, right?

We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at this table for years but then it was either demoted or promoted, I’m not sure which, to my office. I painted it a gray blue. Just some old paint I had around that I cannot find the name of. I sanded the top just to knock off the dried cereal and shine and then sprayed on some weird clear primer that my husband had in the garage. Then I rolled on the paint. And because I am skilled in time management I did this all 5 days before we moved. Something about knowing I have to pack makes me try to find any excuse to do anything else. It was imperative that I paint this table.

I knew it wouldn’t get that much wear since it would be in my office so I didn’t worry about doing it “right”.

In this house, I put the table in the middle of the room with just the short end touching the wall by the window. I don’t want to stare at a wall all day when I can watch the garbage men allow all my personal trash blow down the street as it gets dumped into the truck. And it also lets me keep an eye on what’s going on in the rest of the house since I have a good view of the foyer and up the stairs.

But I figured out fast that once I start putting stuff on my table/desk, it attracts more stuff.

And within a few hours, there are air soft guns, hats, cheese cracker packages, and wires, wires, wires. This is where the whole family uses the computer and once they see that you can pile up junk on the table, they figure no one will notice if they peel off their bloody band aid and leave it next to the lamp.

I learned fast that I worked best with a cleared off desk. That doesn’t mean that I can’t put stuff on the desk. But, I’m trying to get in the habit of clearing it off at the end of the day. It’s kind of like flylady’s shiny sink method–when I see a cleared off desk in the morning, it helps me work better.

So now I have a cleared off work space. And I added two chairs on the other side of my throne. That way my boys can play the computer by just flipping it around. And, when I hold my important, life changing business meetings, I have places for the dignitaries to sit.

It’s amazing how simply decluttering helped me work better and improved the look of the space. Now you can see the pretty table that I meticulously painted, and each item that is important enough to have a place in the room is actually visible. Next stop, wall hangings and storage.

Do you have a designated spot for your computer and or work? Does it have clutter build up?

Finding Space For A Home Office

Our old house had a big open foyer. In reality, it wasn’t large enough to put much furniture in but I wanted to take advantage of the extra square footage.

When we first moved in I just put my favorite white dresser in the foyer. Loved it. That dresser looks great anywhere.

After a while we realized that we wanted a place for an office. We had a desk, the computer, printer, storage and other stuff that desperately needed a home. The foyer was the perfect solution. We didn’t even have to add on a room!

See that little door to the right of the desk in the first photo? We were able to hide all that yucky office stuff. There was also shelving on the left that you can’t see and it held our computer and uglier necessities. Lucky for us this closet had a plug. But for about $50 you too can have an outlet put in a closet.

By the way, notice the difference in the wall colors in the photos? They are all the same color but that goes to show how different a paint can look in photos and on line.

Are you utilizing the spaces in your home to their fullest potential?

Here are some areas to consider:

  • corners
  • halls
  • pantry
  • garage
  • laundry room
  • the stair landing
  • closets
  • patio

The {Cozy} Minimal List: Weekend Links #92

Michael’s new kitchen has me speechless. It’s a small space but he got super creative and was able to add a ton of storage, function and beauty. // Inspired by Charm.

Back to school homework desk space ideas// Nesting With Grace

It’s not wallpaper. WHAT?! Laundry Room + Sharpie Wall Makeover // Shealin Ashley

Emily’s podcast this week, listen here // When You’re In The Ellipsis of Life – an adapted version of this podcast episode

Adobo Carne Asada Tacos // The Reluctant Entertainer

Have you entered to win this cordless vacuum kit from Hoover?

Our Fixer Upper 6 Years In (this week’s post in case you missed it.)

There’s a brand new Mrs. Meyer’s fall scent! Click here for more, and to get your free fall cleaning kit with your first $20 purchase from Grove.

Psst, Cozy Minimalist Home is on sale for 58% off, grab a copy now for $10.55!

Brand New 🍂 Fall Mrs. Meyer’s Scent + Your Freebies

There are a few products and companies I’ve been a fan of for so long, that I consider it my job to tell you when they launch a new product or have a crazy good deal going on.

It’s time: Grove Collaborative is offering their Fall Mrs. Meyer’s Kit–FREE with your first $20 purchase and I’m entirely too excited about the new scent!

It’s real, and it’s spectacular!

Here’s what you get with your first $20 purchase from Grove:

Those freebies are full-size and you can choose any scent you like for your Meyer’s products. 

I know you love fall, so you might want to try Pumpkin Spice, Mum, Apple Cider OR, the brand new scent:

Acorn Spice!

Acorn Spice smells smokey, woodsy and magically, just like fall.

If you are a fall traditionalist–you will love the Pumpkin Spice scent–this is a Grove Exclusive–you can’t get it anywhere else!

Grove offers a huge selection of high-quality natural cleaning products, and you’ll never run out of products again thanks to their monthly shipment schedule (totally optional and super flexible – I order about every 6 weeks if I’m out of stuff).

Once you click over to Grove, simply spend $20 on anything from household cleaning products, paper products, beauty products, vitamins, cute dusters, Burt’s Bees stuff, or hair stuff and you’ll get FREE shipping in addition to your FREE kit (over $30 value)!!

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PPS, I cannot exaggerate how much I adore Grove Collaborative. This summer, we took a family trip to California and the top of my to do list was to stop by the Grove headquarters in San Fransisco and see their amazing offices, take a peek at new products and meet some of the lovely people who work there. This company is the real deal and I just love them!

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