As a busy Mom, my house is not always as tidy as it could be, so my little desk space always serves as my little corner of sanity as I work.
I’ve also found that I struggle to focus if I’m in a messy room, which’s why I keep my desk as clutter-free as possible.
Why go simple and clutter-free?
In her book, ‘The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing’ Marie Kondo of the famous KonMari method suggests that we find ourselves organizing or tidying up when we are supposed to face some important task, e.g studying for an exam, writing a proposal, getting some work done.
This is because ‘your brain wants to put something else in order, so when it sees the cluttered space it switches to, ‘I need to clean up my room, instead of facing the task’
She further says this, that ‘when a room becomes cluttered, the cause is more than just physical, visible mess helps distract us from the true source of the disorder.’ So essentially by tidying up your room, you have no choice but to face your inner state.
Over the years I’ve learned how to create such a space on a budget for myself, and I’m always surprised when I get comments about my space whenever I share it.
So in this post, I’ll share the elements that I use to create mine, hope it helps you if you are thinking of creating one for yourself.
I also should mention that we’ve lived in about 3 houses, and I’ve created such a space in all of them.
1. A white/bright wall
I love white walls, because it’s like having a canvas to work on, and it just opens up spaces. But you can make this work with any colour wall.
In our last house, the walls were a beige-ish colour, and I found that the effect was not quite the same.
See the difference after we painted the room a brighter colour?
So a wall, preferably by a window, is a good start.
2. A simple desk
Again, I went with white, but you can go with wood or any other minimalist piece you prefer.
We relocated a few months ago and that tends to hit your pockets hard, at least initially. So I’m using my husband’s old desk (which my in-laws still had). But eventually, I’ll invest in an IKEA desk or something simple and similar.
Craigslist and local Facebook swapping groups are a great source of cheap desks in a good condition too, so check there for bargains if you don’t want to shell out big money.
My dream is to own an iMac but for now, I have a MacBook that I use and love. I didn’t always have it, so you don’t necessarily need your computer to be an apple product though it’s pretty cool if you have one 🙂
It’s easy to go crazy with stationery, but keep it simple, because the goal is to be clutter-free and reduce overwhelm. If you have too much stuff on your desk, chances are you are going to spend time tidying it up.
So I keep a pen holder, notepads, journal and a few ‘pretty books’ that inspire me on my desk.
5. Faux Fur Rug
This is a game changer. I love adding it to my space because it adds a level of softness and texture to the otherwise plain space. It also acts as a great background for those flat lays too.
I generally go with the off-white one, and I entertained a blush or grey one too.
And for $25, it’s a steal!
I got mine from Winners, but I know Amazon carries some too.
6. Wire Wall Mesh Display
I change my mind often about what I want on the wall, so I needed something that could accommodate this. And my wire mesh display is perfect.
I didn’t realize when I ordered it that it was a 2 pack, so you can imagine my pleasure when I received it from Amazon.
I’ll probably eventually spray paint it white or rose gold, but for now the black works for me.