My husband and I live in a rental. And I treat it as such. I don't paint, I don't spend a ton of time decorating it, and I don't "settle in" as I would in a permanent residence.
However, that is no excuse for letting my office/studio look like a disaster struck. But thats how it normally looks. What can I say, I am not a Type A personality. Neat and orderly are not words I would use to describe myself.
When my husband surprised me by moving my stuff into our office, so we could leave our guest room with only 1 purpose (to be a guest room), I swore I would keep it in perfect order.
That lasted about 3 days.
So if you came over unannounced, this is likely what the office would look like:
Inexcusable I know.
And while in my dream world I would love to have an office/studio like these:
I will wait until we own our home before I put a ton of time and money into a studio space.
But for now, I've decided to whip things into shape in my current location. It was almost becoming embarrassing.
Side Note: I bought nothing for this office makeover. I just did a walk through around my house and snatched things from other rooms. :)
drum roll please. . .
I added a few more vintage bottles and flowers to the bookcase. Also, that vintage window was $5 from an antique store in Wisconsin.
I cleaned the desk area, so I would have room to type. Isn't that Key Hook awesome? Another great find. That came from an antique store in Illinois and was about $8.
I had a canvas from around the same time I did this project and had that fabric leftover from another project, so I spent 5 minutes stretching it out and stapling it on. I like to call it Insta-Art.
These two boards will be for online stuff. Blog notes, reminders, etc. And that card on top is from my husband. He slipped it under my keyboard and I found it one night. He's sweet. :)
These two cork boards are for Etsy related things. Reminders, jewelry that needs adjusting, etc.
I've got my box that I'll put Etsy orders in when they are ready, and a notepad for notes!
The only problem is that Gravy loves to hang out in the box. I think he might be trying to tell me something.
And then Grits came in a kissed him goodbye.
But shortly after that I removed Gravy from the shipment box, gave him a good hug and told him he's not going anywhere. He began to scratch his way out of my arms and ran off. Cats don't understand hugs.
Here is my Etsy stuff! Major check off the 12 by 2012 list!
Etsy packaging all ready for orders!
So there you have it. My new organized office. I'm going to shoot for 4 days of order in here. 4 days of no piles. No random notes thrown about. No collection of half full coffee cups.
We'll see how I do. I'm not confident. ;)