Wednesday, April 01, 2020

AD| How to Carve Out an Inspiring Space to Blog at Home

Having a home office is a blessing when you’re working from home, especially for creative efforts such as blogging. While not everyone has a spare room to turn into a home office, it’s also possible to create an inspiring corner in rooms where work isn’t the primary function.

Think about the environment that suits you best. We’re all different and what is an ideal working atmosphere for one might drive someone else mad. Maybe you need some background noise, for instance, in order to think clearly. On the other hand you may do your best work in total silence. 

Decide which atmosphere would most encourage and motivate you to get (or continue) blogging, and then explore areas of your house where you could set up your workspace.

Making Space Work

If you’re trying to make an inspiring corner for blogging in a room that’s shared with others, it’s a bit challenging. But here are some ideas:

Use a bookcase, turned edgewise to the wall so it sticks out into the room as a room divider. Place your desk or work table against the wall on the other side. The bookcase won’t provide total privacy, but it does have a psychological effect as a barrier. It also creates a handy place to store reference books or materials. Use the wall above the desk for motivational quotes or artwork, shelving to hold supplies, or a corkboard for notes and a content schedule.

If your kitchen is your favourite place to work, with a laptop on the breakfast bar maybe, or in a sunny dining alcove, try to commandeer a kitchen cabinet just for your supplies, notes, reference books or materials. Having everything together makes it easy to pack up when the family needs the space, and it’s easier to get started because you don’t have to go hunting for the stuff you need.

A spare bedroom is a great place for blogging if you’re lucky enough to have one. Put guest bedroom furnishings into self storage so you have room for a desk. Turn bedside tables into stationery cupboards and pencil drawers, and install a few extra shelves to hold books, the printer, and whatever odds and ends help keep your blogging ideas moving forward. 

Visualising Your Space

Before making any sweeping or permanent changes in how you arrange your furniture or how you use the rooms in the house, it’s a good idea to sketch out your plans. You don’t need any artistic or drawing talent, just the ability to draw the outline of the room then add shapes within it to indicate items of furniture. You can include windows, doors, fireplaces and plug sockets then fit furniture around them.

Making a schematic like this also helps make sure you don’t overlook vital elements in your planning, such as electrical outlets to power your computer. That sunny spot in the conservatory might be wonderful, but it’s no good if your laptop dies and loses your work.

If you can draw to scale so much the better, but a rough idea is good enough. You can make sure any additional furnishings will fit without creating a barrier across a room, figure out if you need smaller furniture alternatives and would be better putting larger items into self storage for a while. Self storage units also give you the option to experiment without committing. It gives you some breathing space, taking away any concern about making changes at home that you might regret later on. 

Go with whatever inspires you, whether it’s a comfy chair and handy side table in a cosy nook, or a purpose-built office arrangement in your spare room. We’re all different, thank goodness, and inspiration should know no boundaries or limitations.

*Disclaimer* This is pre-written guest post.

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