Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Creating new spaces

I've been getting so much feedback asking me to further dive into home organization/downsizing etc, and I've been slowly working on that post and video for you.  (If you have specific questions for me don't hesitate to leave them in comments here, and I'll try and add them in before I publish that other post.)  I had planned to get that finished by today but then over the weekend we flipped our guest room into a home office, very spur-of-the-moment, and I decided that would be more fun to share anyway. 

Don't get me wrong, we so loved having a guest room.  I mean, once a year when it was used, we were in hosting heaven.  I think we always imagined that with so much family living out of town, we'd have more company.  But then nobody in our family ever stayed here so it was down to our yearly friends who pop into town for a night or two.  It was getting harder and harder to justify keeping an entire room for a once a year use.  I squeezed my beloved treadmill in there last fall and have really enjoyed having it inside rather than in the garage where the boys work out.

Over the past month, we made a family decision that tipped the scales in favor of getting rid of the guest room.  We decided that I would be quitting my part time job as an organizer to take an Office professional course with my husband's company and become his new office professional later this spring.  (I could write a post on just that topic if I had time.  I am SO excited to work for him.  He is getting busier and busier, and we feel confident that my help will free him up to see more clients and help our family financially even more than my current job, plus, I'll still be organizing... I'll just be organizing my favorite man's life.  Which I already kind of do anyway. Grin.)

That said, I'll be working from home quite a bit, especially in the summer when kiddos are around.  Also, my sweet hard working husband could use a more private space than the kitchen table for his evening work.  So one evening out of the blue, I suggested we sell the guest bed and buy an actual desk!  Then it hit me almost immediately, that I had already purchased half of a desk from Ikea.  (A while ago, I had purchased one of their narrow drawer consoles and been using it as a side table in the living room at first, then later in our master bedroom.) I quickly looked online and found the desk top, and a matching drawer console.  Adrain liked the idea, and the price, and within the weekend, we'd sold the bed to a friend on facebook and run up to Canada where our nearest Ikea is and quickly created a new home office space. 

I repurposed the giant chalkboard that had lived in our living room the past couple of years, as a calendar, and pulled the navy and gray rug in from the garage.  It worked so perfectly in this room and we spent no other money than the two desk parts!  Adrain is going to add some casters to the bottom of this thrifted chair that I'd made over last year and that was that! 

It was so nice to move our printer in here, as it had been in our master bedroom before for lack of any other spaces.  I tried to make it a bit cute and Adrain sweetly let me since we'll be sharing this workspace.  

Now the one thing I had been really apprehensive about was having a computer out of mama's eyesight.  I'm not going to like that, I'll be honest.  You do the best you can and you put as many passwords and blocks on things but ultimately you have to trust and see.  I have an entire post in my head about social media, phones, technology and such.  In my start of the year vlog I mentioned this topic and many of you responded so I know we're all seeking the best path on this.  I promise to get back to it at some point.  (For now, I just know that I can pop in and see the reflection of the screen in the window behind to check and see what's being worked on, and I've already (secretly) used that several times.) (Ha!)

I've included a little video tour vlog for you at the end of this post, because I really think it's nice to see the real deal.  (You can see that our cord management was kind of a hack job, but we did the best we could with a floating desk.) (I'm the one who wanted that. I just like to be able to look out into the street, and also not face a wall.) I think Ikea must be discontinuing these pieces because we got them both on clearance.  However, they had some really similar options in case you're looking for one. Also, we chose the larger desk top size and are very happy with it.  We debated but for homework, evening work spreading out and such, it's nice to have it.  Also we have a computer with an internal hard drive and wireless printer, and we have loved it for the past couple of years.  Fewer cords and such.  

Let me know if you have any more questions that I didn't answer here or in my video, in the comments section and if you haven't already had a chance to, you may enjoy subscribing to my youtube videos, under my name, Sasha Brodeur.

XOXO, 
Sasha


20 comments:

  1. What a lovely place to work! Great job, Sasha. I've been following your blog for years but haven't commented much. I'm SO glad that you've decided to continue. My pastor/farmer husband and I live in a not-large old farmhouse with our four boys. It's nice to see another family making the most of a not-huge living space. Thank you for creating beautiful spaces to help inspire me!

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    1. Thank you Ann Marie! It's so rewarding isn't it? I love challenging myself to re-use instead of shop. (Though I do love a good shopping opportunity when I can squeeze one in, I won't deny!)

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  2. The new space looks wonderful and open. Nicely done!

    Also, I have to admit, I found it amusing that the closest IKEA is in another country.

    Best wishes as you pursue this new opportunity.

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    1. I know... isn't that the funniest thing? It's actually only a 45 minute drive whereas the nearest Ikea in the US is about 2-3 hours away! And we save with the exchange rate too!

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  3. Very nice! We are all about downsizing and not accumulating things. Blessings!

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  4. You have the most beautiful office! Can I move in please?!! I hope you enjoy your new job xx

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  5. I love your new office! It is lovely. I am happy you're going to work for your husband. I have prayed god would bless him abundantly in his new job!! Now, I feel like going and fluffing my little space similar. ;)

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    1. Oh thank YOU so much for that. It means so much to us. It has definitely been a very rocky year and though he is busy, it's not translating just yet into income so we're still very prayerful about this whole commission thing. Just knowing that God has it all in control isn't enough to easy my worry sometimes, when I know that it certainly SHOULD be! So keep those prayers coming please!

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  6. You are the Queen of reinventing spaces ! I just love How you find a way to repurpose things/ spaces and make them look fresh and new! So inspiring!
    please keep the posts coming!

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  7. How awesome that you basically had everything you needed!!?? It's so great. Looking forward to more posts from you!

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  8. I just bought the exact same drawers, with a larger desk top, for a new scrapbooking area at our house. So fun. So cute.

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  9. What a nice look and you were so wise to put the room to more use. A lot of guest rooms are used so, so rarely. Sounds like exciting times ahead. Happy for you!

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  10. Great room redo! I never realized how small that room was. You really maximized the space when it was a guest room. I love that you used lots of things you already had to turn it in to a home office.

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