A New Home Office + Regaining Control

Desk mockup of my office.

Hi guys!

I'm so excited to finally have my own work space in our home! It's not quite ready yet, but it's finally on the way.

It was never really in the plans until my husband bought me this beautiful kit of studio lights and backdrops so that I could take photographs for my blog at night after the kids went to sleep. I figured I would store them in the basement during the day so that the kids didn't play with them. Shortly after, my husband suggested I turn the main room in the basement into a craft room/office for myself. Yay!

The room was originally supposed to be a home cinema, which we are still planning to do, but differently! Essentially, it'll be 3 rooms in 1; photography studio, home cinema, and my office! This is so exciting!

There's a lot to be done before I'm actually settled in but I'm really excited to get started. I got myself a desk at Ikea and I'll be painting the walls white soon. Right now it's this kind of pale yellow and it's not great for pictures. I think white will reflect the light better and will make the room look a lot bigger.

I'm also working on organizing and storing all of my gear and equipment. Figuring out what I want displayed and what I want hidden will be the first thing on my agenda. Then I'll figure out what furniture I want.

Finally, I'll decorate! I already have quite a few ideas and I can't wait to share everything with you!

I'm so happy to finally have a little space for myself to relax and do what I love; an actual designated space, as in, not invading the dinning room. The best part is I don't need to worry about waking up the kids.

Up until now, a part of me felt a bit lost and confused. We got married, a few months later we bought a house, and not long after we had our first child. It was so many new things at once that we didn't have time to readjust in between. Regaining control of my life wasn't easy and I still don't quite feel like I'm there yet, but it's getting there.

A few words of advice on regaining control.

 

GIVE YOURSELF TIME

The biggest mistake I think I made was worrying about everything. I'm pretty sure everyone already knows this but it's true, everything gets sort out in time. Instead of worrying about the disaster in the kitchen or the mess on your desk, take it one thing at a time and allow yourself to enjoy the moment.

 

START SOMEWHERE

I'm pretty sure we're all familiar with this concept. I mean, every time I get overwhelmed with tasks and deadlines, I start seeing blurry and I have a silent panic attack while 100 million thoughts pop into my head... and then, blank, nothing, I'm just sitting there, thinking about absolutely nothing and achieving exactly that, nothing. As hard as it may be sometimes, just grab one thing, anything, and get started.

 

WRITE IT DOWN

Sometimes writing things down help. Things you'd like to get done, things you'd like to learn, things you'd like to buy... even writing down what you've achieved sometimes help you feel more in control.

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you felt you were loosing control? What did you do?