Being fifty-something, I know the value of brightening up my work space now and again. It’s easy to get complacent about your work environment, especially when you work from a home office. My space was well overdue for a declutter, reorganise and update. I decided to devote a recent Saturday afternoon to spiffying it up. No more and no less.
My first task (and I admit it’s low hanging fruit) was to tidy up my reference books. I’ve been swooning over amazing images on the interwebs of entire walls of books arranged by colour, graduating through the hues of the rainbow.
I only had three shelves to worry about. By the time I culled and decluttered, I only had two … and I’m loving how they shaped up. What do you think? I feel more creative just gazing at them.
With that done, I turned to my desk, which had degenerated into a beautiful mess of paperwork, books, files, stationery and small electrical appliances (you know: labeller, desk lamp, digital recorder, flash drives, radio, laptop, iPad, camera). I found homes for most of them, but was left with some tired pieces that screamed out for update … a brass desk lamp that I picked up at the market a few years back (the finish is corroded), a wire basket which I use to store reference journals (also a $2 market find), a red cube shaped vessel that held my pens for an eon and a chrome-finished figural ampersand (thrift shop).
Being in my second year of buying nothing new, any updates would have to be cosmetic, second-hand, upcycled. I’m still yearning for the warm metals, especially copper; this decor trend just keeps on hanging around. I’d noticed copper basketware was hot in the decor magazines I flipped through at the hairdresser. This became my inspiration.
One $4 can of spray paint and a little blue masking tape was all that stood between me and some on-trend office accessories.