Good morning! Are you Super Bowl weary today?! My son and I have been under the weather lately, so we just took it easy. I even missed Beyonce- #gasp! Was it good?? I hope we’re better soon – no time to be sick when a baby is on the way! I’ve got nesting fever and am wanting to finish up the nursery bathroom and get her closet organized, plus pack our hospital bag essentials. I even had a dream last night that we ended up at the hospital with nothing. It wasn’t terrible, but I’d rather be prepared.
Today, I’m sharing the third installment of Home Styling Tips, the Desk edition. You can get caught up on the Kitchen Styling here and the Reading Nook here. My home office has evolved over the years, but once I made it a pretty and functional place to create and write my blog, it’s become one of my favorite places to be. Instead of dragging my laptop down to the living room to work, if you’re reading a blog post, you know it was written from the comfort of my black and white and bright home office.
As far as desktop styling goes, I like to keep a mostly clear space, with essentials to keep me on task and creative close at hand. I’m forever changing out the accessories, but I always keep nearby a few favorite pens, pencils, highlighters, washi tape, scissors, stapler, notepads, calendar or planner (see my 2016 favorites here), candle, and lamp.
I’ll keep my pens and pencils in anything from an old candle cardboard box (like the one below), to a coffee mug or this adorable shiny gold pineapple.
Notepads are a must and how could I forget sticky notes?! The floral notebook below opens to reveal a gorgeous set of different sized sticky notes. I’m always reaching for those to flag pages or just to write notes to stick on my calendar. You can find inexpensive notepads and sticky notes at HomeGoods or in the dollar bins at Target and Michael’s.
The climbing rose notepad below was a gift from my sweet friend Jen and the Kate Spade sticky notes and bow paper clips are another gift from my friend Angela for my 40th birthday. Just goes to show what great presents stationery and paper things make for your fellow paper lovers and that you’re never too old to love those things! Or if I am, please don’t tell me! I’ve already heard “advanced maternal age” and “geriatric pregnancy” twice last week!
Sentimental things are sweet to keep in view also. My 5-year old son used my label maker to create the “I Love You” message below and it sits on my keyboard, never failing to put a smile on my face.
The large Sugar Paper calendar (22 x 17 inches) has been perfect for getting a big picture of my monthly blog calendar. I keep a running list of blog topics and each month, write in where each post will go. Seeing them all at a glance like this has been really helpful this year. And I found these ERASABLE colored pens that actually work! They’ve changed my life! I use a different color for each blog topic.
Fresh flowers will instantly brighten your desk space. Put them in unconventional containers like this little mason jar mug for a dose of charm. I found this one at Hobby Lobby for half off!
While not actually on my desktop, I keep an organizer full of things I might like to reach for handy with a drawer organizer. You can do this on a smaller scale right on your desktop.
My washi tape collection is currently inside my desk drawers, but if you like to keep yours on display, you could use a cupcake stand like I did in the below picture. I’ve found washi tape everywhere from places like Target, Amazon, Etsy, and craft stores. It’s an addiction, I know!
To keep the drawers looking pretty and organized, I lined them first with inexpensive gift wrap, then used acrylic drawer dividers to help separate things and keep it tidy.
TAKE AWAY: When it comes to organizing and styling your desktop, a few pretty necessities can really brighten your work day. Even when I worked full time at a corporate law office, I still prettied up my desk with the things I wanted to see and use all day. Why not?!