Life is full of change. One moment you’re single and carefree the next you have three kids and a mortgage. Well maybe it wasn’t exactly a moment, but sometimes it feels that way.
About 1% of the population plans their life out perfectly; you know the ones who prepare for each chapter of their life long before they’ve gotten through the introduction. The other 99% of us figure it out as we go. It’s not that we don’t try to plan; it’s just that sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out.
I’ve learned to adapt quickly. As a recovering planner I thought I could control every direction and aspect of my life. I learned the hard way that the only thing I could do well was laugh and make the best of my current situation.
Sometimes making the best of a current situation means using what’s on hand to solve a storage dilemma. Remember I started See Jane Work in 2003 when office supplies were ugly, but I still needed to decorate my office. I did it by re-purposing items. A candle holder for a pencil cup, a basket as an inbox, and an egg holder for…………
Here is how it looks on the desktop:
Egg holder available at Anthropologie.
You may be wondering why I would suggest using household items rather than the actual office supplies I design. Well, I’m not a matchy, matchy person, so an office with a few well-designed office supplies (See Jane Work of course) and one repurposed item–something meaningful or beautiful–is my idea of a great looking office. Plus, why keep your candle holders hidden away in a closet? Let them earn their keep in your workspace.
When you're feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty getting started, it helps to make a list. Get all that stuff in your mind down on paper. Limit yourself to one line per item, if you have a due date include that next to the item. Don't worry about priority or additional detail at this time, just get it on paper. Once you've finished, group items into categories by priority, then type, for example errands, calls, urgent, etc. Relief will come as you work through the list and cross things off. To read past Quick Tips click here