i’m a student, a part-time fellowship program coordinator, and an alumnae organization president. i do a lot of my work at home. this means my desk has to be PERFECT at all times. (this is also because i’m neurotic.)
size matters, don’t let anyone tell you differently. i need a big workspace. this was hard to wrangle in my postage stamp-sized apartment, but it wasn’t something i could compromise on. after quite a bit of deliberation, i ended up choosing a kitchen table from ikea ($60). it’s white, it’s easy to clean, and it’s BIG.
next, lighting. i needed task lighting as well as general ambient light. ikea provided me both for less than $40 total.
storage! key at number three. the wooden console you see in the pictures above is actually mom mom’s—it went with the desk her parents got her as a college graduation present, and she wasn’t using it, so she allowed me to steal it from her (temporarily). right now it’s doing amazing! i’ve got my noise-cancelling headphones, my ipad keyboard, folders and papers, research journal, notecards (which i use for lists), and reading glasses all stowed away neatly and nicely. i have a file cabinet with one additional drawer, in which i use ikea’s little colored plastic boxes with lids to store pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, paper clips, tacks, screen cleaners, business cards, tape, and staples. that totals less than $60.
and last are the pretty things. for $8 at anthropologie, i snagged the cute mug with my initial on it. much nicer than the industrial utensil canister i’d been using before (don’t worry, it’s since been repurposed…for its actual purposes, as a utensil canister). i pared down the number of things that needed to live in there as well— i only need a couple pens and highlighters that i use regularly. everything else goes in little boxes in my filing cabinet.
since it’s spring i’ve been trying to bring some plants inside, so i chose this little low-maintenance succulent, planted in sand in a mercury glass vase, all from west elm for a grand total of $25. you can do it for much cheaper, obviously, but when i see mercury glass i lose all capabilities for rational thought.
i use a little square white appetizer plate as my coaster for my water, and i try to get cute tissues from cvs for less than $2.