Friday, 2 May 2014

My Before and After Work Space!

I thought I was done with finding excuses as to why I dislike our home so much, the main disadvantage is no garden for Spud, which is something I believe every child should have, but there's also the other thing's too, such as the buzzer intercom system, when each time one of the eight flat's in the block receives a visitor, all the other seven properties can hear their intercom too!

Then there's the communal hallway, where the younger generation (I know I am young, but I am a parent!) like to hang around, where the angry teenage football fan likes to kick his ball around, and where all the huge, mahoosive spider's lurk around. Then there's the space, I've lost count of the amount of times I've moaned about the room, well, the lack of room in this property!


Very old picture! It's just to show how small his room is!
Poor Spud couldn't swing a small soft teddy around if he wanted to, let alone a cat due to his bedroom being so small. I don't know what we are going to do when he becomes of a certain age and would like a double bed! Hopefully by then I could afford to move to a decent sized two bedroom house, yes a house, with a garden! The front room is so small, and the kitchen, do I really need to go there...

When all these top children experts go on about the importance of eating meals at a table, I feel like the worlds worse parent because we don't have a table. It's not because of finances, or laziness into buying one, it's just the lack of room for one! There is not one possible space for a table to go! When Spud was smaller, it wasn't so bad because I purchased him a small plastic table and chair set, now he's eight, he outgrew that about five years ago!

I'm a full time single mum, who work's part time making a living via my blog and my writing skills. I do a little bit of design work for close friends and family also, so having that 'personal' area to just go and escape to is quite important. I'm sure my mother doesn't want to receive a article I wrote for Sarah's business, and I'm sure Louise doesn't want to receive a layout which is suppose to be for Marie's website!


The old laptop, with my next door neighbours then kitten!
Unfortunately, there is no spare finances right now for a desk in my home. My personal working space use to be either on my bed, or on the sofa with a leopard print laptop tray my sister got me for Christmas 2012! I'd try to alternate between the two room's to release the pressure on my back, there's nothing worse than bad posture, until I come across a brain storm one day! 


Sitting on my bed, with every pillow and cushion I owed behind me to support my back, I sat staring at the cabinet at the foot of my bed. It was, and still is, a not very pretty item of furniture, but it stores my clothes until I can find a nice chest of drawers within my budget. On top was just a few candles, and my jewellery holders. Add in a laptop, two favourite photo's, my note-cards, pencil case, and purse - just because you never know when a bargain may arise, I now have a cute little 'desk' space.


I don't have a stool or computer chair to sit on, so I sit on the end of the bed, which is actually worse then sitting against the wall, but it's pretty and it's in my favourite room of my home - my bedroom! Sometime's it's not about regretting the thing's we don't have in life, it's more about making the most of the thing's we do have!

This is my entry into the British Gas Business Desk Landscapes Competition with Love Chic Living.

I'd love to know about your personal workspace! Please do feel free to leave a comment below!

Jada x

19 comments:

  1. Really enterprising Jada it looks fab and I wish you lots of luck

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    1. Thank you Becky, I wish you the best of luck too xx

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  2. Love your make do idea, what a lovely work space you have now! Just some little space to yourself is so nice, and a way to still feel you after all the parenting's done and you can settle down to work.

    I'm with you on the garden, we'd love a proper garden for the girls, not least to get rid of some of their crazy energy!!

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    1. Thank you lovely, I'm lucky in a way my old bed broke as that wouldn't of allowed me to sit on the end, I would of been on the floor lol. It's pretty and relaxing when I light the candles, it's like a two in one space!

      Fingers crossed we will both one day have a garden, least for some of our children's childhood xx

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  3. It might not be an official desk but you have made it into a little personal workspace. Although the living conditions aren't ideal you can clearly see you have made it a home and your little Boy is adorable. I hope you win x

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    1. Thank you Andrea, unfortunately something always comes up, so it's like this for now, I know there will be some poor person working from a floor, so I count my blessings for my good old trusty unit! Thank you for the compliments on Spud, and for your good luck wish! Fingers crossed xx

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  4. It looks lovely now bunny.

    I work with my laptop on my lap sitting on the sofa :/ not ideal

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    1. Thank you Clare! Oh no, I feel your pain, swapping legs and knees, positions, wishing you had a foot muff, a pen next to you, the list is endless! xx

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  5. I love that you've made the best of a situation that isn't ideal. I love the leopard print laptop tray!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, it worked out quite well didn't it! It's much better then the sofa, I get distracted with the TV too easily lol! Thank you, so do I! Spud uses it now to build his Lego on! xx

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  6. Thats so impressive, you've really utilised and worked with what you have - it looks great! xx

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    1. Thank you lovely, it's quite simple and similar to the way I had it before, it's just now got a few extra special little touches. It looks so much better than being just bare too! xx

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  7. Im like you, I dont have a desk, but would love one! Also I so get the table thing too :( We make do with what we have and thats good enough for me :) x

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    1. That's the way to be lovely, I know there are people worse off than me, so I make do with what I have instead of moping about the thing's I don't have! Fingers crossed for us both for better furnishings xx

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  8. Looks lovely! I do have a desk if I really wanted to use it, but it is in our bedroom. I tend to be found perched on the sofa using the arm to balance my laptop! :) xx

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    1. Thank you lovely, I know your pain only too well lol. Then it becomes uncomfortable and you have to keep moving about! xx

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  9. Good luck Jade, if anyone deserves a makeover it's you, you spend so much on little man, try and treat yourself now xx

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    1. Thank you Trina, it mean's a lot :). Fingers crossed xx

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  10. Your work space looks so cute! I really need to get some candles, I forgot how relaxing they are.

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