Wednesday, November 5, 2008

TT: Minimal, six workspace necessities.

One of my highest priorities right now is assembling my workspace. Anyone who works "hands on" knows how important it is to have SPACE to work in. No matter what you do with your time, whether it's blogging or creating textile designs, it is handy to have at least a small setup for your activities.

While working on the ideas for my own space I started to brainstorm the bare necessities, sort of a need by default for any office or work area.

#1. Desk or table (obvious enough)
#2. Chair (also obvious)
#3. Memo board (for the small papery bits)
#4. Easily accessible utility holder (aka. pencil holder)
#5. Storage (for the excess bits)
#6. Notebook (I'll get to why later)

Desk/Chair - It would not be a workspace without some sort of surface to work on and a place to rest your bottom when you are not busy leaping around from the sheer joy of the magic that you are creating.

Memo Board - Magnetic, push pin, or ribbon, it's convenient to be able to keep any inspiration or importation information in one spot. Many of us may have "inspiration" folders or places for important information on our computers but it just has more impact when it is always staring right back at you.

Utility Holder - Flat out, no arguments here, life is a lot easier when you have a pen right there ready to go instead of fumbling around a drawer. If you are anything like me, you also know it's good to have a regular spot for such things otherwise it will migrate all over the desk and will find itself all sorts of good hiding spots just when you really need a pen.

Containers - You may have shelves, drawers, or just the top of your desk, containers of various sizes keeps everything organized, easy to locate when needed, and helps you keep your area free of clutter and chaos. For my own space, I'm currently on the lookout for vintage kitchen containers. I think they'd be both attractive and convenient for storing my odds 'n ends.

Notebook - It may seem odd to consider something to write on a necessity but not something to write with. From my own experience I've found that I can always hunt down a utensil to write with (among the stranger things I've used in desperation: mascara, nail polish, toothpaste) and could even find a surfaces to write on (I have a terrible habit of writing on tables. You should have seen my past desks!)... but it is VERY useful to have all my little notes in one portable location (even if I have to re-copy them from my desk scribblings). I might not always want to drag my laptop around, my scribbled on desk may not be around for questioning, but my notebook can be.

So with my six workspace necessities in mind, I created two inspirational setups using some items from my favorites list on Etsy.

Row 1. Apex Desk by ruppeldesign, Mid Century Modern Metal Chairs @ backtocapri Row 2. Eiffel Tower Message Board by 3ButtonsN2Bows, Vintage pen holder @ bluebell bazaar Row 3. Stacking Canister @ GeneralWhimsy2, Chandelier Notebook by boundto

Yes, I was late this week... but the next Thematic Tuesday will appear on Tuesday ;)


The Paper Doll said...

I completely agree about setting up your workspace. At the moment my sewing things are all over the dining room table which is annoying because there just isn't enough space. Im looking forward to moving and having my very own sewing room to set up!!

ryan manning said...

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Anonymous said...

IS VERY GOOD..............................

Anonymous said...

Your work space necessities are mine as well, except for when I'm working at the coffee table and then my only work space necessity is a small cleared area for my coffee so it doesn't spill on anything :)