Being a parent can be pretty stressful, but there’s one thing that shouldn’t be – your work environment. In order to be as productive as you can – be that at home, on-the-go, or at the office – it’s important to keep your workspace organised and clutter-free. Steph from Expert Home Tips is here to show you how to separate your home life from your work life, by transforming your workspace into a place of tranquillity and calm. Here are 10 of Steph’s best tips for organising your workspace to transform it into a place that brings relief to your stress, not adds to it.
- String & Peg Holder
There’s one thing most parents have on their desks – photos. Whether it’s pictures of the kids, dog, family shots or a mixture, they’ll take up valuable working space.
The solution? A DIY photo holder made from string and pegs. You can easily put one of these up on the wall behind or to the side of your desk, adjusting the length depending on how much room you have to work with.
It will keep your nearest and dearests in eye-shot but also keep your desk clear, and your mind clear too.
Phone, ipad, laptop – flexible working hours means you often need a lot of devices to make work-on-the-go easier. I’ve got a quick solution to keep all those wires organised, wherever you are – all you need are some binder clips.
Count out the number of wires you have, then attach the same number of clips onto the edge of your desk. Label each one neatly using a printed piece of card and some tape, then thread your cables through the metal hoop of its coordinating binder clip.
3. Cereal box drawer organiser
How many boxes of cereal do you get through in a week? Along with baby wipes and toilet roll, cereal is one of the things us parents get through at lightning speed. A DIY drawer organiser that’s perfect for making your filing cabinet useful for something other than filing is the perfect way to recycle them.
Cut each box into strips, and you’ll be able to segment each drawer of your filing cabinet. This is ideal for organising stationary, notepads, snacks (come on, we all have them!) and anything else you may keep in there.
Need a quick and cheap solution for all those pens, pencil and other pieces of stationary? Why not make your own desk organiser with empty toilet and kitchen rolls? You could even get the kids to help!
All you need to get started is some pretty wrapping paper, cardboard, empty kitchen and toilet rolls and some ribbon.
- Cut your empty toilet and kitchen rolls down to the required size (this will depend on what you wish to store inside them), and cover them in wrapping paper, leaving an inch hanging off the edge of one end.
- Cut slits at roughly 1cm apart in the excess wrapping paper. Apply a strip of glue to the inside, and fold the slits inside, making the cardboard top of the toilet roll invisible.
- Apply a strip of glue round the edge of the top of the roll, and attach your ribbon.
- Repeat the process until you have 4-5 covered rolls.
- Cut a circle from your cardboard, big enough to fit all of your covered toilet and kitchen rolls, and cover in wrapping paper (again leaving an inch of excess hanging over the edge).
- Cut slits in the excess, apply a strip of glue to the underside outside of the cardboard circle, and glue the wrapping paper slits down and under the cardboard.
- Apply a thing strip of super glue to the bottom of each roll, and stick to the covered cardboard circle – arrange these in an aesthetically pleasing way.
- Add your stationary, and you’re done!
You can also follow Little Crafties’ YouTube video for the step-by-step tutorial.
5. Magnetic knife rack
If you don’t shop at IKEA, are you even a parent? IKEA has many products to rave about, but one that’s fab for office organisation is the magnetic knife rack. These are so practical if you’re short on space, and you can put one up just about anywhere.
All you need to make it work are a few magnets – you could ever use ones with family photos on to kill two birds with one stone! Besides to-do lists and invoices, you can also attach scissors, pens and metal jars containing paper clips to your magnetic knife board.
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