It took me a good couple of years of blogging before I realised that it's not just a passion of mine but, once registering a self employed, that it's also a job. I've shared in the past my feelings on blogging your way and finding the right balance between parenting and blogging and it's safe to say that blogging, like most things in life, is a learning curve.
One thing I noticed quite early on in blogging was the amount of time I spend sitting down. No matter how I justified it to myself, 'blogging' or 'working' , nothing changed the fact that I was sat on my bottom at a computer screen. These days I spend more time offline enjoying real life, exploring with my family for both pleasure and work but there are still big chunks of time I spend at the computer blogging / procrastinating / reading / working.
It can be really hard when you work from home to draw a line between home-life and working-from-home-life, often the line is blurred, especially for those with younger children not yet at school. What's been working for me lately has been defining my workspace.
When we built our extension we gained a huge downstairs space, one big room with house-wide bi-fold doors to the garden that accommodates the kitchen, dining area, reading-snug and an office corner for me. My space is approximately 1.8 metres wide and a couple of meters deep, it's not huge, it's not a room on it's own far from distractions but it does really work for me. It's an area for just my stuff, where all the macbook, Ipad, iPhone chargers live alongside my PC. This means no iPhone charger by the bed anymore, no late night 'ooo I'll just have a quick 5 minutes on Pinterest before bed'. I now have space on my desk for working and styling photos, the natural lighting is nice and it feels like my space and helps me make that distinction between working and home life perfectly.
The L-shaped desk we built ourselves from old scaffold board, buying the hairpin legs from a chap on eBay, more on how we built that in another post. The L-shape works well for me as it give me a section for computers and a section for photography and illustrating.
Here's my new workspace...
The wall tidy you see is in fact a child's gallery bookcase that was sent to me to review, intentionally for Ozzy's bedroom however when I opened it and assembled it (which was an easy one-woman-job by the way) I knew just the spot for it and claimed it as my own! This and other childrens furniture is available from Great Little Trading Company.
Pictures made from dismantling a reduced-price Phoebe Wahl calender, bought for $9 from the Taproot Magazine Shop
Frames from B&Q on a 2 for £10 offer
Fox mask bought from Fred Aldous
Homemade scaffold desk. Scaffold boards were free and the hairpin, incredibly solid table legs via eBay. I know a few people are after legs like these so if you want me to pass on the sellers info just let me know and I'll find out for you.
If you would prefer to buy a desk you might like to see what deals are available at Voucherbin UK.
Pollinator BeeBomb bought from The Eden Project Shop , part of their range of wildflower seed bombs.
Typewriter sourced for me by my good blogging chum Mummy Barrow, spare ribbon bought for it via Amazon for a fiver.
Butterfly Biscuiteers box (minus the biccies I scoffed) , a birthday present from my friend Penny from Parent Shaped.
Unicorn painted for me by Kitty
Balm sent to me to test by Elizabeth aka Margot & Barbara who is taking a break from blogging to create a range of practical natural skincare products for outdoor lifestyles, names Lark Skincare.
Do you have a defined blogging / work space at home? I'd love to hear how it works for you.