Before we start, just wanna say stay tunedfor info on my 100k giveaway later on in this video.
Now, if you’d like to see how my workspaceis integrated with the rest of my room, you can check out my recent room tour.
Today’s video is a follow-on from that toshow you a more in-depth look at my desk along with 5 tips to create a productive and inspirationaland peaceful space for yourself.
So we’ll start with the desk itself andmy very first tip.
STREAMLINE My desk stays relatively clear, with mostof the clutter out of view.
Ideally it’s great to have a workspace thatlooks out of a window or even out at the room rather than facing a wall, because it encouragesa feeling of space, perfect for opening your mind to any ideas that might be stifled inyour head.
If that’s not do-able, it’s always niceto at least have a pretty wall to look at.
The main thing is to keep your line of sightclear of too much clutter.
Which is why my first key to keeping an organisedspace is to be ruthless with what you need and what you don’t.
It’s a lot easier to organise without surplusthings to find places for.
Have a clear-out and keep only the thingsthat have value to you.
Tip two, with the things you’ve kept, it’stime to ask yourself if you should PUT IT AWAY OR DISPLAY.
This one’s all about personal preference.
Along my tabletop are just a few things thatgive my workspace a bit of character, and also can serve a purpose, whether that bereference or inspiration.
And some things are just too cute or too sentimentalto hide away.
Be honest with yourself about what you wantaround, what decor items are getting a bit stagnant and what can go in a box in the loftuntil you miss it.
And remember, not everyone has to adhere tothe minimalist look, or whatever else looks great on instagram, if you find you flourishamongst your trinkets and a creative playground of organised chaos, then embrace the scrappapers and paint splatters and do you.
You’ll have noticed we’ve moved on nowto the shelves that flank either side of my desk.
That’s major key number three.
SHELVES are your friends.
A shelving unit can come as cheap as thisone from ikea, or you can come up with your own solutions.
These shoe racks stacked on top of each otherwork great, this bathroom unit cut in two makes a great few surfaces for storage andthe additional benefit of table-top support.
Planks of wood on the street, left over floorboardscan all come in handy too.
You can never have too many shelves.
Try a few configurations for stacking andorganising books or papers, you can try to keep them all level for that extra polishedlook.
That’s one way to have your shelves lookingeasy on the eye, rather than a cluttered mess, but the easiest solution is; CONTAINERS All it takes are a few boxes to take yourshelving from chaos to calm.
This is another situation where you can usewhatever you have to hand.
I keep smaller containers within larger boxesto separate things into easily accessible categories.
Which leads to the next tip; EASY ACCESS one of the keys to keeping a neat space isto make sure everything has a place.
And you’re much more likely to put thingsaway if that place is easy to reach.
My most commonly used items are always withinreach without having to even get up from my desk.
That way, they’re just as easy to pop backwhere they belong when I’m done with them, meaning there’s never an excuse to leavethings lying around.
And for one final bonus tip, you’d be surprisedwhat a difference a good chair can make.
You can get them surprisingly cheap from placeslike amazon, like I did with this one, and give an extra bit of luxury with a nice throwor blanket.
Hope you enjoyed this peek at my workspace.
Now for the fun stuff! To say thank you for 100,000 subscribers I’llbe hosting my first ever giveaway.
I’ll be sending one lucky person severalprints from my shop, as well as one original painting which was never available for sale,this was the piece I made while I was working on a video with Strathmore, it meant a lotto be able to work with a company I already loved so much, and it’s you guys that madethat happen so it feels right to finally give that back.
I’m also throwing in some of my favouriteart supplies; the only set of pens you’ll ever need, a set of Windsor and Newton gouachepaints, a Moleskine sketchbook, these amazing water brush pens that come in a great varietyof sizes, the Zig brush pen I always use, plus a couple of quite exciting surprises! Since I only really want to do it to say thanksfor everything, all you have to do is be subscribed to this channel, which I assume you alreadyare, and comment below, say whatever you want.
And that’s literally it.
For a bonus entry, you can also follow meon instagram.
My instagram will be linked in the descriptionof this video.
But as I said, if you don’t have instagramit’s fine, you’re already entered as long as you comment below.
Just check the video description for all theterms.
Entries close on the 18th of April, I’llemail the winner who will be chosen at random and also announce it in a video.
Good luck guys, can’t wait to make someone’sday.
I’ve literally never won anything in mylife so I feel like this is as close to the excitement as I’m gonna get.
Thank you all for watching and I’ll seeyou next time.