I’ve always wanted an office space in my home. I don’t know I figured I would feel like an important business woman lol. I wanted to say to someone…step into my office…even if I was only saying it to the kids. Now that I’m required to work from home I figured it was time to make it happen. I was soooo excited to create a space that is alllll mines (hands rubbing together like an evil villain). No more annoying kitchen table for me.
As a mom I feel like I have to share just about everything I own with my children. This office was going to be mine and mine alone. There were so many decorating ideas floating around in this large beautiful head of mine. I wanted a really nice desk, a white leather chair, 2 huge computer monitors, fancy rose gold accessories, and expensive looking wall art. Unfortunately, I wasn’t working with a ballers budget or a large space.
I had to get what I could afford and I think I got some good stuff. You still have options if you don’t have much to spend on your office so don’t use money as an excuse not to get started. I was able to create a comfortable work space without breaking the bank. Staying within the budget for your home office is so important. It’s easy to get carried away buying more expensive items trying to be all cute.
Simple and Functional
So as you can see there are no rose gold accessories or huge fancy computer screens. Those things weren’t in the budget. Maybe one day I’ll have the office of my dreams but this will do for now. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I have everything I need to get things done for work. On top of that I no longer have to sit at the kitchen table and fuss at the kids to be quiet before my Zoom meetings.
Also, I’m in the process of trying to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. I didn’t want to clutter the space by over decorating. I tend to do that sometimes. Growing up my dad accumulated so much stuff from everywhere and never threw anything away. He was and still is something like a hoarder. I’m doing my best to reprogram my brain to be ok with only necessary items in my spaces. It helps me think clearly and I know exactly where everything is.
Look For Deals
After deciding what I was comfortable with spending I began to look for what I needed. I already had a pen holder and a calendar, which isn’t much lol. And I received the laptop from my job. If you don’t have a computer or need a new one now is the time to catch a great deal. Computers and laptops are usually on sale during back to school season.
Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon are some great places to start looking. There may also be programs in your area that donate used computers to those in need. Walmart is my go to place for almost everything. That’s where my desk, chair, lamp, candle, and letter tray were purchased either at the store or online. Also, stores like Goodwill carry desks and chairs at very affordable prices.
Other small décor items were purchased from Hobby lobby and Family Dollar. The cute little plant came from Publix. I happen to see it on the way to the pharmacy while picking up a prescription for my mom. I was attracted to the bright green color and distinctive lines on the leaves. The ceramic pot design was perfect and just what I needed to add a pinch of simple flair. I don’t have a green thumb so I hope the little plant survives in my care.
Let’s Take A Closer Look
The budget I set to create my wonderful little office was $300. Of course the desk was going to be the most expensive item so I didn’t want to spend more than $150 for it. I found this great L-shaped hutch desk online at Walmart.com for $139! It was a perfect fit for the nook in the corner of my bedroom. The chair was next on the list and it was $54. I like how the colors of the chair compliment the colors of the desk. I still need to get a chair mat. I’m going to ruin my carpet if I keep rolling around without one.
The LED lamp was only $6. It bends and twists but most importantly I don’t ever have to change the bulb! We’ll see how long it lasts. The black letter tray was $3.88. I needed something to keep loose papers and folders in. The wood choose happy sign was $4 from Family Dollar. That’s another great store to find low cost household and decorative items. Candles are a nice addition to any office. I purchased the Glade Cashmere Woods candle for $5. The scent is so intoxicating! My beautifully potted Publix plant was only $10. And lastly the globe was purchased from Hobby Lobby for $11. I need it to help plan my escape.
Well almost complete. I still have to get that chair mat as soon as possible. It’s hard rolling around on carpet. Overall I’m proud of the finished product. Even when I purchase the mat I still come out under budget. So far the total I spent is around $230. If your budget is smaller stop by your local thrift store to see what treasures you can find.
Also, there are programs and organizations out there that can help you get a refurbished computer. Check out http://www.computerswithcauses.org. They’ll help you get a computer or accept a donated one If you want to help others. If you’re lucky you might find a good computer at the thrift store too. The ones worthy of buying usually don’t last long.
If you haven’t started planning to create your home office I hope this article provides some encouragement to do so. Having a dedicated space to work helps tremendously with productivity and staying organized at home. If you’re working with a small budget you still have plenty of budget friendly options. Incorporate things you already have at home and don’t forget to add pics of the family to look at for motivation on those tough days.