I’ve always been fortunate to have a home office both in this house in Alberta and our BC home. I’ve always worked my blog business out of that home office and loved having a door I could shut and walk away from at the end of the day. Even though I have a laptop I never really moved around with it simply because all the “tools” I needed were in my office and it just made more sense to work there on a regular basis. However as my chronic pain has gotten worse, especially over this past year, I have found myself working from my bed more often, as sitting for long periods of time really aggravates the pain. So you can imagine how frustrated I would get just as I got myself set up and comfortable in my bed to work only to realize I needed something from my office. I was constantly yelling at my kids to go get this or that for me. They were thrilled as you can imagine.
Then in July my friend and contributor, Angie, wrote a guest post here, titled How to Organize a Portable On-the-Go Home Office and it was a total duh moment for me. Duh as in why haven’t I thought of this before.
Seriously I’m a little slow sometimes. I was all excited to get started especially when I remembered that I even owned the exact same black bin that she used. That bubble burst pretty quick though when it dawned on me that I had just dropped off that black bin to the thrift store just the week prior! Eeesh 🙁
So I had to wait until the next time I was in the city (our organizing pickings are pretty slim here in my little town) in order to come up with an alternative solution.
My daughter and I were at Winners (love their basket selection!) and I explained to her what I was trying to do and she is the one that found this awesome divided bin ($9.99!) for me to use. She’s such a smarty pants. I instagrammed a picture out the same day.
You’ll also notice there is a pretty black basket there as well. The divided bin fit perfectly inside the black basket so the plan was to use them both together and have the handles to carry the portable office around. It became pretty clear to me though that the black bin was more of a hindrance as it was too big to fit on my nightstand whereas the divided bin fits perfectly all by itself. So the black bin got put to use in my closet instead. I corralled everything I regularly use when working and got my bin organized.
Mine includes things like my password book, camera cord, my planner (I switched to the smaller size), my list notebook, pens, pencils, highlighters, calculator, glasses, glass cleaner and sticky notes. The divided sections just make me so happy!! It’s the little things people, it’s the little things.
Now I move that around with me wherever I am, whether I’m working in my office, my bed or my new comfy chair in the living room. I feel less chaotic and more in control of my day which as a result makes me much more productive.
Do you use a portable home office? What type of bin do you use for it?
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