Home Office Reveal

Hello all, and happy May 1st!

Is it just me, or did this month fly by?! Since the weather has warmed up, things have really picked up the pace around here. The farmer has been working hard and long, we've been irrigating our pasture (which is actually quite a bit of work in the evenings), and I've been getting ready to launch my new little business!

I won't give you too many details just now about the business, I'll do that in a separate post very soon! But I do want to tell you that I am going to be ready to open up shop in 1-2 weeks, so get yourself ready!! :-)

A big part of getting ready to start my business has been setting up a home office for me to work out of. Being newly(ish) married and having recently moved into a much larger house than our previous one we had a) no office furniture/supplies/etc., and b) limited financial resources.

Here I am going to pause and tell you a little something about myself. I grew up in a frugal home. I was raised to believe that you don't need to spend gobs of money on something that you can either make yourself, find in decent, used condition for much cheaper elsewhere, or simply do without. I still maintain that mindset and that is why I give myself time to evaluate most purchases before I make them, why I allow room in my shopping schedule for thrift store trips, and why I married a totally awesome guy that will build things for me.

Ok, back to the story.

From the get go, I was committed to keeping the project within the budget. In total, we spent around $150. It took a little extra time and creative brainstorming, but I am absolutely in love with the end result. Patience sure pays off!

My husband did such an amazing job building me the shelves and desk. I love him so much.
We used wood and brackets from Home Depot for the shelving and desktop, and I found two file cabinets on Craigslist for a decent price to use as the desk base.
Sidenote: the wood and brackets we used were the only thing we purchased brand new at full price. Everything else was used, on clearance, or already in our home.

As you can see I have a lot of storage space. I heart storage space. I'll take it any shape or size. It gives me plenty of room to be organized and keeps everything from seeming cluttered.
In it's former life, this black tin was shiny and red. I bought it at a thrift store for $0.50 and spray painted it with chalkboard paint. Guys, that stuff is amazing! I would highly recommend keeping a can of it around for any "emergency" projects like this. 
And of course, I had to include a photo of my sweetheart and I. This one was taken on our first "official" date in 2013. We got married less than a year after that and I've never regretted it.  
I also included a few little plant friends to keep me company and freshen things up. The succulent (pictured below) was on sale for $2 and the snake plant (pictured above) was on sale for $3. He was a little sorry looking when I first got him, but I've been trying to revive him and I think it's working!
If you have a room in your home that's stuffy, or maybe just plain boring, adopt a plant or two! Not only will they help clean the air in your home, but there is something about a house plant that will add personality and charm to any room. 

Ryan also has a desk in our home office. He takes care of most of the bills and such, so we thought it would be a good idea to have a space dedicated to that. But of course, I had to spruce it up a little bit and utilize the wall space. I promise he doesn't mind. :-)


Do you have a home office or command station in your home? What things do you use to stay organized and keep it fresh?