If you're anything like me, you're probably in a possession of a desk-space. And you probably hang out there a lot. Whether you're an art freak like me, or wading through University, or perhaps you're a fab blogger type gal (or maybe all three?) I bet you spend a lot of time there.
I personally feel like my living space affects my mood, and therefore my desk affects how I feel about the work I'm doing. Maybe this is part of my inclination to design desk-friendly products?
I thought back to my uni days, the awful MDF halls, and how not-inspiring my desk space was then, and decided to put together a few of my tips to pretty-up a desk space.
Even if the rest of your house is a mess, your workspace needs to be tidy! When I'm stressed and my brain is all over the place - so is my desk. It makes sense to keep things easy to find and stress-free when you're trying to Get. Shit. Done.
I do this by keeping my art supplies in drawers, and my shop stuff on shelves and putting everything back at the end of my 'work day'. It seems obvious and simple but I can't even explain how zen it makes me feel.
Also, try to get as much stuff off your desk as possible. I used to have pretty pots of pens all lined up, but honestly I used them maybe once a month and they took up valuable sketchbook-using retail.
Maybe I'm just a crazy plant lady, but one thing that's allowed to take up space on my desk is a succulent or two. It just makes me happy to see it thriving, and honestly it's great as an ever-present Instagram prop. ;)
Okay so this one is a shameless plug, but, I mean it! I use one of my To-Do Lists religiously every day, as well as a to-do list notelet pad for my daily tasks and it's so nice to be able to take a 'gram and not feel like I need to shift the ugly out of the way.
I do content planning in a sparkly notebook and have a bright white Leuchtturm sketchbook for my designs. They look so pretty stacked up at the end of the day that it immediately brings me joy. So much better than a Pukka Pad.
I used to be one of those 'inspiration wall' kind of people, but recently I felt like it was too cluttered to look at, and the stuff I had stuck up I didn't really like that much - I just stuck it up because I felt bad throwing it away.
It's been super gloomy these past few months and I'm not a fan of The Big Light, so I've been switching on a string of fairy lights hung above my desk for a little extra warmth and cosiness whilst I work. They're LEDs so they don't use up a huge amount of energy, and I got them fairly cheaply around Christmas.
I hung them up with the peelable, won't-damage-your-wall sticky hooks (Wilko is your friend) which is perfect if you're renting in halls. They also do velcro 'tabs' that are similar, which I have used for "hanging" prints on the wall, too.
I hope these tips were helpful & inspiring, and I wish you many a more 'grammable and motivational workspaces ahead!