With school gearing up, it’s time to establish a workspace, clear it out, and make it inspiring. The following ideas for doing so are more geared toward creating a workspace at home rather than at school or the office, since we usually have more creative freedom with our home spaces.
1) Clearing space
The most important step to me is having a clutter free desk. I have a storage unit nearby for all my supplies so that they don’t find a home on the precious real estate of my desk. My desk is for whatever I’m currently working on, not storage for tools or work I haven’t done yet.
2) Incorporating plants
Since plants are living things, they do a lot to liven up a workspace. There are many varieties that are also great air purifiers. I usually stick to plants that don’t require much water or specialized care.
3) Bringing in sunlight
My desk is placed near a big window because natural light is the best light. I usually open the blinds because a room flooded in sunlight lifts my mood.
4) Displaying work you feel good about
When I’m feeling doubtful and insecure about the work I’m doing, it helps me to have successful work I’ve done in the past to look at to remind me that I am competent. I have a piece of art I made that I feel really good about displayed above my desk. If your work is not the kind of thing you would hang up on a wall, another option is to keep it in a folder or notebook.
5) Creating a vision board
A vision board is a collection of inspiring images you select and put onto a poster board, corkboard, or other display board. The images represent things you aspire to be and do, no matter how big or small. On mine, I have places I want to travel, people I want to meet, things I want to do, and more. Having that around as I do my work helps me keep the big picture in mind. It’s the ultimate inspiration.
Pinterest is a great place to find more workspace inspiration.
You can check my workspace pin board at https://www.pinterest.com/mellosnelo/workspace/. Happy creating!