When we moved house earlier this year the plan was always for me to have my own office space. This would allow me to keep everything I needed in one place as well as organising my workload more effectively. This partly went to plan, in so much that we bought the desk, storage, and a desk chair. Mr. Boo even out it all together in the corner of our bedroom. This is when it all went a little array as it became a bit of a dumping ground for things we hadn’t yet decided where they should be kept. Parcels, birthday and Christmas presents we’d bought in preparation for the holiday rush and even clean clothes that I’d not gotten around to putting away.
It was one of those tasks that I’d get around to eventually, however, with my to-do list not looking any smaller I decided it wasn’t a priority. That was until the lovely people over at HP contacted me to share my blogging space. One of the things about blogging is that what I share via my corner of the internet can be done from virtually anywhere that has a WiFi or data point.
This is where I blog – Before
So up until a few weeks ago, I was sat at the small breakfast table in the kitchen with my laptop. I’d sit and stare at the blank wall in front of me hoping that inspiration would jump out at me. It never did, and if anything I just ended up covered in crumbs from the toast that had been consumed hours before.
The one good thing about sitting at the breakfast table, especially when Piglet naps in the morning is that I am treated to the best lighting. I can sit and enjoy the morning sun as it moves around the side of the house. The downside to being in the kitchen other than the crumbs on the table has to be the easy access to food (never a good thing). Plus whenever I need anything I have to get up and wander around the house to find where I put it (I’m so lazy, I like to sit down and get on with my work there and then).
This is where I blog – After
With HP challenging me to share my #HPShelfie with you all, there was no way I was going to showcase my desk, formerly known as the bomb site without a major sort out. In many ways, it forced me to sort through the piles of junk that we had accumulated there and actually didn’t take a long as I imagined it would.
With only a small space to play with as I’m sandwiched in the corner of our bedroom, I looked for ways to maximise the space I had. The LINNMON/ALEX table top and storage drawer system that I bought from IKEA paired with the ALEX add-on unit it gives me all the storage I need for both my blogging paperwork but allows me to organise the household paperwork too.
Running a home office requires the usual technology from access to a good broadband connection (what did we do before WiFi?). A reliable laptop, for which I use the HP Elitebook 820 G3 laptop for all my blogging and freelance work. It is light enough for me to take with me whenever I travel but substantial enough that I know I’m not going to break it (I have a bit of a history with laptops). Finally, a printer which is used not only for my work but accessed remotely by Mr. Boo to print his reports along with the children needing it for their homework projects. The
The HP Deskjet 3720 is the smallest all-in-one printer. It’s small enough to sit on the shelf on my desk and be on hand for whenever I need it. With the HP Instant Ink service available too it saves the issue of running out of ink when you are in the middle of an important project too.
Whilst I love my technology, I am at heart a stationery addict. With many people trying to convert me to using online list apps, personally, I think you can’t beat a good notebook and a selection of pens. This fabulous notebook sums up exactly how I feel about my to-do list. You’ll notice my coloured pen selection if at all possible I try not to use black pens instead preferring something much more colourful. After years of working in a conventional office environment where the black pen was king, I feel I need to let the other colours shine. They always go down well when I write notes to the school in my preferred purple pen.
So now that I have shared my blogging space with you all, I’d love to see where you all blog from. Please share your #HPShelfie on social media and don’t forget to tag me (@littleboo_21).
Disclosure: We received an HP Deskjet 3720 FOC for the purpose of review