Since it looks like we will all be working from home and schooling our kids from home for the next few weeks (please, everyone DO IT so it’s only a few weeks not months), I thought some suggestions of some things that might help keep your stuff organized and therefore your mood up.
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TIPS: Get a real desk chair so you don’t hurt your back sitting in unsupportive chairs all day (or on your couch/ bed). A good small printer/scanner is great to have on hand and easy to put away in a closet. Some cute desk organization supplies will help keep you little bits and bobs together and not spread across the dining table, and attractive to do note pads are always an upbeat accent. Some noise cancelling headphones help keep you focused and treat yourself to an awesome, happy coffee mug to drink your morning “work” coffee from.
Some home offices we’ve done- of course, not all of us have one (I don’t), so setting up a dedicated space to do your work is helpful. If you have some of these accessories above you can store things away at the end of the day easily.
OK, this is the hard part. Who has space for a mini- school??? Not many. Most likely you’re setting up your kids to do school work at the dining table- so let’s make them each little moveable work stations. A friend of mine got cute desk blotters for each kid to protect the table and define their space and each a basket to keep their supplies in. I also love this little rolling cart that you can keep all craft supplies in/ pre-school supplies and then roll it right into a closet or corner of the room when not in use. I also like little caddies like these felt ones to keep everyone little items together. A white board calendar helps you plan out the week and chore charts help keep the kids aware of their household responsibilities in a cute/ attractive way. I also think some cute, new notebooks and water bottles are a nice way to make them feel special.
Here are a couple spaces we did that are dedicated to kid activities or homework.
This is a really hard time for everyone and it’s incredibly scary on many levels- especially small business owners. So far, EGD still has some big projects to work on to keep us going, but we may be offering some smaller e-design spaces soon to keep us busy and employed. If you’re stuck in your house and have some spaces you’d like refreshed, start taking notes :)
I’m going to blog as often as I can but if we lose our nanny it will be much harder. Follow me on Instagram, as I’ll try to ramp up posts there instead since they take less time. Stay healthy everyone, and STAY HOME!!!!
All images by Michael J. Lee.
Thank you for encouraging people to STAY AT HOME! Furthermore, your work is so stylish and beautiful. Just this evening I came across your site and gained immediate inspiration. Would you let us know the paint color in the double desk/playroom space, please?
Thank you for another beautiful post, I love your blog! I’m working from just like most, these ideas will certainly come in handy. Question, do you happen to know the paint color in the first pi or the source, I really love that room! Thanks,
I am in Canada, we have been self-isolating for about 1 1/2 weeks here. Everyone is working from home, my husband’s office has closed, my daughter has come home to finish University online and my son is finishing grade 12 online. We are fortunate to have a nice home with enough space that we can spread out and not be on top of each other. It looks as if we will be at this for at least another 6 weeks, probably more. I am sure that when we come out on the other side of this, my thoughts may be a bit more in depth, but one take-away that I already have in this global crisis is how important it is to have a home that you love. A space that is “true-to-you”, whatever that looks like. We have always looked at home as a comforting place to come at the end of the day… but it has become so much more than that. Thank you for continuing to post lovely rooms and spaces, Erin. It helps to have a diversion from the constant newsreel that we can’t seem to tear our eyes from! I hope you and your beautiful family stay safe.
Thanks for this thoughtful comment. I appreciate it. :)
Erin, thank you for taking the time to write such great, inspiring posts. These times are challenging for everyone, but for those of us who love decorating and making our homes warm and welcoming! Keep up the good work! God bless you and your family and team of talented staff!!
Can you please do a round up of home office desks — even if the home office is in the bedroom?