I am so excited to finally have my own work space! I attached empty tea tins to the side of my shelf to use as organizers. My pens and pencils, scissors, and markers are easily within reach but they aren't sitting on my desk taking up valuable space. Plus they look really cute.
I used a level and a ruler to mark where I wanted the tins. I then attached them using Heavy Duty Mounting Tape. They seem to be very sturdy, but should be relatively easy to take off in the future.
For the past year, my family has been living with my Grandmother (who has somewhat advanced dementia and can no longer take care of herself) in her home. Most of our furniture and things have been sitting in our townhouse about 30 minutes away. We were originally only supposed to be staying here with her for a month or two, but now it has been over a year and we are still living here.
My Great Grandparents built this house and my Grandmother has been living here for over 20 years. I even have pictures of my dad sitting out in front of the house when he was only 2. It is really fun living in this home full of so many wonderful memories. It is also a lot of fun spending so much time with my Grandmother.
That being said, it is also really hard sometimes. Because we didn't know we would be here this long, we didn't bring much stuff of our own over, and we have been hesitant to make changes. It is sad to take down a picture that my Granddad (who passed away 10 years ago) hung on the wall. However, now especially that I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old, I really want a place for my family to feel at home; a place with our pictures on the walls, colors that I picked out, and furniture of our own.
We still aren't sure how much longer we will be living here. For the first 6 months, Benjamin's room was an office with a queen size bed and his crib pushed in the corner. I regret not fixing it up sooner. For the first year that we lived here, I only ever used my laptop on my lap in bed. My work space has been the dining room table, and my craft organization etc has been a few cardboard boxes in the garage.
About 6 months ago, I decided that I didn't care if we moved out a week later, I was going to make Benjamin's room into a real room. I took out the desk and the bed, and I got him a little table at Ikea.
About 2 months ago, I decided to paint over the dark red walls we all knew and loved as my Granddad's study. It was a little sad, but I am so glad that I did. It looks and feels amazing and I am finally feeling like I am living in my own home. Benjamin deserves his own room and space, and he really loves it.
About a week ago, I decided I needed a desk and work space. I have gotten so sick of being spread out and it is a little sad not having a space of my own. I bought a $30 desk at Ikea, drove up to the condo and got my old set of Ikea cubes, and spent about 12 hours reorganizing and sorting my things. I'll post more pictures of the whole area later. I am so thrilled to have this place of my own.