Setting up shop in a 300 square foot apartment…

School’s over…yay! But wait, since I turned my desk at home into my vanity (still my best idea EVER), I don’t have a workspace…boo! As long as I got into school early enough, I was able to spread all my crap out all over my desk in order to get things done. I’m an organized person in general, but I work better when I have everything I’m going to be working with spread out in front me. When you live in a beautiful but tiny (I’m not joking when I say 300 square feet, and that’s a generous estimate) apartment, that can become a dilemma. Have no fear, though! I’ve found a solution, and I’m in a sharing mood…

My first thought was electrical outlets. My apartment is quite old, so there’s random outlets everywhere. I needed an outlet that could handle a power strip, though, in order to plug in my light, my iPad, my phone, and my laptop. It’s a pain in the butt to have to quick run to an outlet when something you need is about to die!

My second concern was seating. Luckily, I was able to solve two issues with one solution! Now, I have a couch, a bench, and a few desk chairs. I do my best work when I’m relaxed and there’s either the t.v. or the radio on, though, so I knew that I was going to be using the couch to create my work station. And, luckily enough, there’s an outlet right behind the couch.

Now, the real problem is where to put all these devices, pens, pencils, paper… So my mama and I made a trip to Target to check out the situation. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked into it, but furniture makers are creating so many options for small spaces – things that fold up, things that attach to the wall, etc. Maybe they’ve always been doing this and I just never noticed, but there’s a lot of options out there! That being said, I went super simple and old-school (I know, I know, right after talking about all the fancy, new furniture they’re creating!). I went for 2 card tables that will easily fold up and slip behind my couch…

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Works perfectly for me. I can leave my laptop up and open, I can charge all my electronics while working, and I have room to do some writing on the side. And if I just need the laptop, then I can take out just 1 table. Plus, they were $9 each – you really can’t beat that! Saving money like that makes me want to reward myself with some news clothes or nail polish or something…

If I’m going to be working at home, I need something to help focus me. I need a reminder of what I’m working on, some visual inspiration, colors, photos, sparkle. A simple cork board or magnetic board (like one of my students gifted me with last week) attached to the wall or a cabinet with those 3M strips so as not to ruin the paint or finish is just the thing. Those things are little miracle-workers, and as a renter, they are a necessity. And now I’ve got some inspiration to keep me going…

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Ok, so comfortable seating? Check. Inspiration board? Check. Place to plug in all my junk? Check. An actual workspace? Check. Hmm…I guess that means I better get to work!

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Have a great Monday everyone!!!!