How to Set Up Your Home Office for Success (Plus a Discount at Got2Jot)

How to Set Up Your Home Office for Success (Plus a Discount at Got2Jot)
Collaborative post with online stationery store Got2Jot. All opinions are my own, as always.

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you’ll know I am a freelance copywriter. Going freelance was absolutely the best thing for me, as it has allowed me so much flexibility to work around the girls school and activities, and to write my beloved blog. Not to mention being around for the girls after school, and being able to take them to ballet, swimming and brownies. There are several things I’ve learned about being self-employed, and how to set up a home office space is one of the most important things.

Recently, our home office has got ridiculously messy and cluttered, and I’ve started working at the breakfast bar in the kitchen as I can’t face the chaos. So over the summer holidays, I’ve tackled the office and restored a sense of calm and organisation. I’ve also been gifted some lovely new stationery from Got2Jot to help me get back on track and set up my home office for success again.

Even if you’re not self-employed, these tips would also work for you if you’re setting up a little space for your hobbies, or general life admin.

Scroll down for your exclusive 15% discount code from Got2Jot!Monochrome home office with pink and copper accents

Here are my top tips to set up your home office for success…

I think I’ve covered everything you need to set up your home office, but please let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas!Monochrome desk planner and black notebook

A Neutral Colour Scheme

I personally like a monochrome scheme as it lends itself so well to most looks. It’s also not too distracting! I have broken up the black and white with copper and gold accents, and a few pops of pastel shades, which I’ve used sparingly.

Light, bright monochrome colour scheme helps set up your home office for success

Large Desks

We have managed to cram not one, but two IKEA desks into our office, one corner one which houses our Mac and a smaller one for reading, writing and (one day, if I ever get time) using my sewing machine. Corner desk helps create the perfect home officeWe just have one chair that swivels between the desks, to save space.

Desk chair with black and white blanket and white and copper cushion helps set up your home office for success

Simple Storage

When you’re planning a home office, I firmly believe you can never have too much storage. Ours is all from IKEA, with a combination of kids’ cupboards and ALEX office storage. As it’s all white with cut out handles, it works well together. I just wish I had a way to cover up the ugly printer, it does kind of stick out!

I store my wrapping paper in an oversized vase.Container of wrapping paper, copper lamp and white desk

Gorgeous Organisation from Got2Jot

I am a massive list-maker, so I need notebooks and desk pads to scribble down notes and to dos. This monochrome weekly planner from Got2Jot (£7.50) is ideal for keeping me on track. I can fit all of the kids activities on there, as well as my own. The ‘don’t forget’ section is probably the one I use most.White desk space with academic wall planner, desk planner, noteboo and gold desk accessories

Now my girls are at school, I’ve started to think in academic years again. So my big academic wall planner by Doodlelove (£11.50) is so useful for seeing where you need to be at a glance. I am an eternal optimist when it comes to time, so I have been known to over-commit and then get stressed. Seeing how many weeks there are in a term will help me be realistic about what I have time to achieve, and say ‘no’ a bit more. It works much better than a week, or even month to view calendar for me.

A Great Notebook and Pencils

I wouldn’t get far without a notebook. This softbound black notebook from Got2Jot (£12.99) has extra tools to keep you organised, including planners and pockets.

Black notebook, and monochrome pencils on a white desk

Do you prefer pens or pencils? I love a Sharpie, but I tend to write in pencil, rather than biro. These beautiful metallic black and gold pencils (£7.99) are just the ticket for my monochrome theme. Black, white and gold pencils with a gold pencil sharpener

Motivation

I am a big believer in seeing positive messages, so much of my wall art has little messages of encouragement and words of wisdom. Whatever you choose for your home office, I think it needs to be personal and cheerful. I have a mix of inspirational cards from Got2Jot (£8.95 for 50 postcards) and framed pictures with a few photos.Large cork pin board with photos and inspirational postcards

Worry is a misuse of your imagination card

What are you up to today? For us, it’s the first proper day of the school holidays. The girls went downstairs to watch ‘Cheese Sponge’ as Thea calls ‘Sponge Bog Square Pants’, letting me lie in until 8.30. I’ve tidied up my desk so I can actually see it now, and planned out our week with a leisurely cup of loose leaf #tea ☕️ Our week is shaping up quite nicely don’t you think? Sorry to be smug but I think I *may* be #livingmybestlife 😂 (I obvs haven’t put any of the dull tasks like washing, food shopping, cooking etc on my plan, I don’t want to ruin it 😉) Also I am doing a proper clear out of the office and you can swipe to see the most random thing I found in the cupboard so far. I honestly have no idea why we have it or where it came from but I suspect it must be from my uni days (hoarder much?)🤷🏻‍♀️ Answers on a post card please! {Day 23 of #myhousethismonth for T is tea} {Desk planner, pencil and #thinkhappythoughts card gifted by @got2jot} #mydesk #mydesktoday

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As a constant faffer, my shelf gets rearranged regularly, but this is how it looks at the moment.Home office shelfie helps to set up your home office for success

You can read more about my prints here, and the our wedding photo here.

Light and Shade

Our office get a lot of sun in the morning which makes it hot in summer (though oh so cosy in winter). We installed a white wooden blind, so we can filter out the sun and see the computer screen. I got a gorgeous copper desk lamp to light up the second desk. I bought mine from an independent shop but they have since closed down sadly. You can buy it through my Amazon affiliate link here for £32.
Copper lamp and gold desk accessoriesThe vintage industrial style fan cools the room in summer. It’s had a lot of use in the past few months! I got mine from Dunelm a few years ago, but this copper USB powered mini desk fan is just as nice, through my affiliate link for £13.49White IKEA pegboad, vintage style copper fan and white storage

Fabulous Filing

The best thing for anyone who’s self-employed is an expandable file with 12 pockets, one for each month. I put all my invoices and receipts in this as I go along, which makes filing my tax return so much easier.
12 pocket expandable file is a home office essential

Scented Candle and Tea

Finally this is the most important thing to include when you set up your home office. Tea. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get a lot done without a nice cup of tea. I won this mug from Nadia Alessandra, and think it goes so well in my monochrome home office. The soy wax candle smells gorgeous even before it’s lit. I think it’s important to have a lovely fragrance as well as a nice look for work.

Black notebook, pink roses, candle and black and white mug

15% Discount Code for Got2Jot: PINK15

To help you get organised and set up your home office in style, use the code PINK15 at checkout at Got2Jot.co.uk. This discount is valid on all full priced items, excluding delivery, until the end of August 2018. Got2Jot have loads of lovely stationery and office accessories in a wide range of styles, so I think you’ll find something you’ll love. It’s run by Sarah, and based locally to me and I’m so happy to support a local, female-owned business.

I think setting up your home office is key for productivity, but also your state of mind. Now my office is so tidy and organised, I actually want to sit down and write.

I hope you found my ideas on how set up your home office useful, why not Pin it for later?How to set up your home office for success with stylish stationery from Got2Jot, practical furniture from IKEA and everything else you need to make your home office the perfect place to work.

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28 Comments

  1. 20th August 2018 / 10:45 pm

    I’m loving the two desk situation, makes total sense for one to be a computer desk and the other for reading/sewing. Pretty stationery is always a winner in a home office, loving yours! I really need to get more organised like you. Entirely agree about tea, can’t work without it! xx

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      21st August 2018 / 9:40 am

      Thanks so much Meera, I’m super excited to add things to my calendar too, to see what fun I have coming up!! Xx

  2. 20th August 2018 / 8:14 am

    I’m currently decorating my office and my new furniture is all from ikea. They do such practical, sturdy and cost effective items that nowhere else comes close

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      21st August 2018 / 9:40 am

      I totally agree, and their products are so adaptable too! Xx

  3. 18th August 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Such a pretty office space Becky. Love the calendar on your wall, I wish i could be this organised. x #HomeEtc

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      18th August 2018 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you so much Leoma, I really find lovely stationery helps! Xx

  4. 14th August 2018 / 9:23 am

    What a beautiful home office setting! I just wish mine was as tidy and it’s not even because I dont have the storage space, I just get so engrossed with what I’m doing that papers go flying books come out and before you know it I’ve created a huge mess lol. Thanks for sharing and maybe now I’ll get my act together and start being a little tidier ;D x

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      14th August 2018 / 9:30 am

      Ah I know the feeling, I hope mine will stay like this for a while, but those papers do creep in don’t they! Xx

  5. 13th August 2018 / 10:08 pm

    What an idyllic home office – I love your colour scheme and inspiration board!

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you so much, I really love spending time there now xx

  6. 13th August 2018 / 10:19 am

    Your home office looks so lovely! I really miss having a dedicated space to work. I swear I was so much more productive when I had a home office. Now I have to work in the living room and it’s all too easy to get distracted. Great idea to have two desks and love the monochrome theme!

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 10:18 pm

      I think it’s good to have an office space if you can, not least so you can shut the door on it! xx

  7. fionamostyn
    13th August 2018 / 12:39 am

    Such a well organised work space. A weekly planner is a must for me. It really helps me to keep on top of everything.

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      13th August 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Fiona, I agree about weekly planning, it makes a bit difference xx

  8. 12th August 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Such a beautiful space Becky and I totally agree, being organised and having a clutter-free space is key!! X

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      12th August 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much Lins, it does feel so good to have it all set up nicely xx

  9. Anonymous
    12th August 2018 / 8:34 am

    I didn’t know it was possible to have such a pretty office! Some great photos.

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      12th August 2018 / 9:50 am

      Thank you so much, I think pretty surroundings help my creativity! Xx

  10. Lucy Popay
    11th August 2018 / 9:28 pm

    A lovely workspace! I am currently in the process of making our spare room into my ‘craft room’ and your ideas have given me some food for thought-thank you!

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      11th August 2018 / 11:48 pm

      Oooh a craft room sounds very exciting! I have all my crafting bits tucked away in one of the cupboards, but they rarely see the light of day sadly! Xx

  11. Nicola Capper
    11th August 2018 / 7:00 pm

    What a fantastic space and how amazing it must be to be able to work around your family life x

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      11th August 2018 / 11:46 pm

      Thanks Nicola, I am very lucky to be able to work the hours I choose (within reason!) xx

  12. seasonsincolour
    11th August 2018 / 10:34 am

    I love good new stationary and definitely could use with a planner I can see in front of me! That poster “Perfect not to be ok” got me all confused I thought you had mirrored the photo lol, my brain was not working in the morning! LOL

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      11th August 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Ha ha I know what you mean, as I caught sight of the photo and momentarily thought the same, even though I took it, and see it every day

  13. 11th August 2018 / 10:31 am

    What a lovely space Becky I really like that wall planner as like you I tend to overplan things

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      11th August 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you! I am starting to pop in a few Christmas activities – it’s so nice to see the lovely things we have planned! Xx

  14. 10th August 2018 / 12:32 pm

    That’s a fab idea for storing wrapping paper – especially when it looks so pretty! I think I’m going to steal that idea 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Becky Pink
      Author
      10th August 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you Suzanne, it helps it stay reasonably crinkle-free! Xx

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