How to create a blogging space at home
Creating an inspiring but also comfortable working area is something i’m big on, whether that’s because it’s an excuse to buy stationery and pretty home decor pieces or because it genuinely aids productivity is a debate for another time, but regardless of the ‘why’, I do think having a good ‘office’ set up is a must. Whether it’s a little desk set up at home for your blogging, a proper home office or just organising your work space that you already have, it’s important your setup keeps you motivated, productive & inspired to work.
Nowadays blogging has become such a big part of our lives that blogging from the bed is no longer totally feasible, a dedicated blogging space is something we’re all longing for & needing to keep up with the demands that blogging entails. Not all of us though, have the luxury of a dedicated office, or home office to work from, so today I wanted to share my 5 little tips for creating a little blogging space but not only that the 5 things that I think can really help transform your work space into something a little more ‘special’, and really get your creative juices flowing.
5 TIPS TO HELP YOU CREATE A BLOGGING SPACE AT HOME
First of all (and realistically if you’re a blogger or need a computer for your job) then investing in the right kit is a the best place to start. Now this clearly can be expensive, particularly if you’re a design obsessive like me and a big fan of Apple, but it doesn’t have to be an Apple Mac or Mac Book Pro (although it’s hard to deny how pretty they are), your kit could be any brand or design, so long as it does the job you need. I’m always one for ensuring that whenever i’m investing in a new piece of kit I really do push myself to buy the best that I can afford, because once you invest it should last 10 or so years. For blogging I end up editing and storing a ton of pictures all in raw, so memory and speed is essential for me.
Last year I invested in the iMAC 5k and this investment forced me to create a dedicated blogging area in my flat to host the computer but also ensure I had a space to work from (there’s only so much sofa or bed blogging you can do before it loses it’s novelty).
#2 A DEDICATED SPACE
It’s really easy as I already mentioned to simply work on the sofa or in bed when you’re blogging or if you work from home (less so if you’re in an office of course), but actually to encourage the best productivity and also comfort it’s actually really great (if possible) to create a dedicated space to work from. I personally only actually created my ‘blog office’ earlier this year when I bought my new PC (before that I’d sit on my laptop on my lap or at a small desk we had). But now i’ve created a dedicated area in my lounge which has a big scandi style desk (a bargain from Ikea), lighting, all my work & books and of course my PC. I’ve got a shearling covered chair which now sits perminantely at my desk, so for all intensive purposes it’s like a little office in the corner of my lounge. But what I am thinking about is turning my old spare room into an office, where I can dedicated my time fully to being able to do work. I love where my space is now in the lounge, but I find that I get distracted a lot, especially with the TV and other devices that surround me. This is why I need to start looking into transforming my old space into a new area of work. The thing that was stopping me initially was I have noticed how difficult it can be for us taller folks to find the correct items to suit our needs, like extra leg room. It has to be said that tall users have options too. It’ll take some time, but it’ll be worth it in the end, especially when you’ve created your dream office room.
I am a stationary obsessive, so having my own working space has always been the perfect excuse to stock up on pens, pretty notepads, desk notepads & of course all the other ‘essentials’ (ahem). I always like to carry a note pad in my bag for moments of inspiration (and for work I always buy myself a nice note pad), but now I have my own desk i’ve upped the ante a little and expanded my stationary collection. I’ve now got a weekly desk planner which I use to jot down all my ideas and plan my blog schedule, as well as of course plenty of pens and colouring pencils just in case.
There are loads of beautiful desk and stationery organisers available all over the highstreet (i’ve actually made a little edit below which you can shop from), but i’m especially obsessed with Anthropologie’s stationery collections & love this copper pen pot. They provide a functional purpose, but simply look amazing on your desk too!
Being inspired is so important in helping you develop good work, creative ideas & new original content, for bloggers and content producers, inspiration is absolutely critical (hell we spend most our time browsing pinterest and instagram getting inspired), but even for the less ‘creative’ jobs, having an office or a working space that encourages creativity is really beneficial.
Inspiration could come from anything really, but for me surrounding my working space with books (this means having all my favourite fashion, street style, foodie and photography books on my desk), gorgeous smelling candles, decor pieces I love (photo frames, pretty mugs & statement pieces), pretty stationary, as well as my walls filled with inspiring prints & pictures is essential. My desk has sufficient space to work, but is truly packed with all my favorite inspirations.
#5 FRESH FLOWERS
Now this is by no means an essential, but by go, you wouldn’t believe the difference a fresh bunch of flowers can make to your working space. As often as possible I add a fresh bunch of flowers to my desk, you can get fab tiny bouquets for about £3-£5 which are perfect, and there’s nothing like a fresh bouquet to boost your mood & give your desk a little lift (plus of course they look super pretty).
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So there you have it, my 5 little tips for creating the perfect ‘home office’ for blogging and working from home. From the practical essentials, to the little extra’s that really transform a workspace into an inspiring, beautiful little area of your home … no matter how big or small the space you have. If you want to read more tips about blogging and creating a blogging business then you can check out my blog tips page & also the Professional Bloggers Guide which i’ve contributed to this year.
I’d love to hear about your home ‘office’ space, or where you blog & what your desk set up is like?