Today I have a guest post from Desha Peacock, she has such a distinct vintage bohemian style, take a peak and follow her to see her consistent look!
If you follow Monica’s amazing blog, you probably love design & understand that there are many ways to creatively express yourself. You can do it through your career, your personal style & in your home. Today, we are going to talk about how your work environment not only creatively expresses who you are, it also reflects your mental state.
Whether you work from home or not, we all have workspaces. It could be your office, library, or maybe just a dining room table that doubles as the place you pay the bills.
Take a moment and think about your workspace. Is it pretty? Is it clear of clutter? Does it reflect your essence? Your style?
Is your space neatly organized, or are you watching the stacks continue to rise and rise? Are books, papers and magazines spilling out from your shelves, or do you have some empty space for new information/inspiration to easily arrive?
We often keep things that touch or inspire us, but there is nothing inspiring about a cluttered mess.
If your workspace is a cluttered mess, chances are, so is your mental state.
5 Signs You Need To Stop What You Are Doing Right Now and Clear + Beautify Your Work Space
Do you spend lots of time looking for things that you use daily?
Do you get annoyed or angry when it takes longer than it should to find something that you need like right now?
Do you have a hard time making decisions?
Do you suffer from overwhelm and get caught in brain fog where you spin from one thought to the next without really getting much done, but feel exhausted, as if you’ve worked really hard?
Do you feel anxious or icky when you go into your workspace?
If you answered yes to any of these Q’s, it’s time to get serious about your workspace.
5 Tips To De-clutter Your Space + Your Mind
Designate workstations for particular activities & things you use daily even if you don’t actually work in that spot. Example: I have an office, but because I work from my laptop, I tend to work all over the house. However, all of my work stuff is located in my office, not scattered around the entire house. That way if I need something, I just go to that one spot. The trick is leaving it all there so you can always find what you are looking for fast.
Make your space pretty! Wherever you work, make it pretty so you’ll want to be there. Add fresh flowers, purchase pretty pens, and use planners with cool designs. Make your everyday tools a joy to use. Trust me, it’s worth it.
De-clutter your virtual space. If you are spending a lot of time hitting delete, it might be time to unsubscribe to some of those newsletters that once inspired you, but now just make you feel sick with info-overload. Try unrollme, a free software that helps you unsubscribe from multiple newsletters in a matter of seconds.
Paint the walls white. White is the color of clarity.
Throw out every single thing that you don’t absolutely love or that is not essential for your work. A clear space = a clear mind. If you need guidance on how to make this happen, check out The Life Changing Magic Art of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. (insert from Monica: “This book is amazing or insane, I can’t decide which! I so needed it but haven’t officially tidied yet!” )
This room was once an office turned art room, turned junk room. At one point I had accumulated so much clutter (in the name of resources and inspiration) that my bookshelf literally EXPLODED and this was the result. As I was trying to gain clarity around my new biz, I realized it was the perfect metaphor. My mind felt just as cluttered with “inspiration” as my office did. It was time to clear + let go.
As I removed the clutter and beautified the space, I magically gained clarity about my current business and Sweet Spot Style was born.
About the Author:
Desha Peacock is an Author, Retreat Leader and LifeSTYLE Design Coach. She’s helped hundreds of people find their “Sweet Spot”- a self-defined place of success & beauty. Her first book Create the Style you Crave on a Budget you can Afford, was listed in the Huff post as “the book to give your girlfriend” and sold out in less than 20 days. It is now in it’s second printing.
Desha holds a Master’s degree from The School for International Training, is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and has led workshops + retreats across the globe. She’s been quoted in the Huffington Post, Yahoo News.com, Career Rookie, US News Money & has made radio & TV appearances across the nation.