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How I Create Me Time in my Home Office

(This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are 100 percent this girl’s.)

Without sounding selfish — although I suppose I’m OK with that — I’m committed to focusing more time on me this year. Too often, I want to be there for others, and I often say yes when it’s likely not the best decision for me.  It’s impossible to be everywhere to make everyone happy, and ultimately it’s draining — so where’s the joy?

While I’m a social person, I also love being at home, often by myself (sorry, husband and kids!), enjoying the quiet, perhaps lying on the couch or the bed in our guest room watching TV, digging through old photo albums, blogging or reading. OK, or de-cluttering that crazy bathroom drawer — the outcome makes this type-A girl so happy!

To create more “me time” in my house, I recently revamped my space in our cluttered quasi office/guest bedroom. You should have seen the space before. Think of serene. OK, now think of the opposite; that was our space! My husband and I share this long desk where papers were everywhere; kids’ art projects, books, paperwork, everything. The updated version is so much better!

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To de-clutter your space, bring a garbage bag along with a box (for donations) into a room and start weeding things out. Donating is paying it forward, knowing that something you love will get the use it deserves. Once you’ve de-cluttered, invest in some quality, pretty storage pieces in a serene (or, if you prefer, high-impact!) color palette that’s just right for you.

Add a few pretty pieces of artwork, mirrors and other accessories to bring you joy as you enter (even if it’s the corner of a room!). For my office, I added a few books as well, so I can cozy up on the adjacent bed with my favorite faux fur blanket.

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More ways I’m going to create “me time” (that might work for you, too!):

  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier so I’m not frantic in the morning
  • Continue to get to work a few minutes earlier to enjoy the solitude, even if that means enjoying my coffee while playing on Facebook
  • Stay current on my to-do lists so I can more effectively get things done
  • Commit to working out at least twice per week
  • Treat myself to pretty flowers and a magazine or new book at least every few weeks

AROUND THE OFFICE // 

Books: Amy Poehler’s Yes Please // All the Light We Cannot See // Andy Cohen Diaries // The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up // Me Before You // Leave Your Mark // #GirlBoss // Lean In

Desk & Beyond: Heart Pin Board // Letter Trays // Desk Storage Unit // Stapler // Paper Weight // Office decor via the $1-$4 Dollar Spot Pins at Target // “Heck Yeah” Coffee Mug (love this one) // Adult Coloring Book (options here) // Faux Fur Throw // My floral pajama set (the pretty print reminds me of the brand Rifle Paper & Co.)

Inquiring minds… How do you create “me time”?

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  • Reply
    Merritt Beck
    January 27, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    What a cute office space you got going there!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

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    lauren
    January 26, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    I love all of this! My mantra for this year is #MoreMEin2016 and I recently redid my home office space too!! So funny! I love how your space turned out and I love anything and everything target!

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    Lisa Cushman
    January 26, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    I LOVE your desk! Please share where one can find this beauty. Me time is vital for sanity and it’s not selfish. I believe the ending result is that your children and husband will benefit from a calmer and happier you.

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      Alyson
      January 26, 2016 at 3:26 PM

      Couldn’t agree more, Lisa! A happier me is a happier family. 🙂 My desk is from IKEA; it’s about four years old but I believe it’s a pretty standard style.

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    Sara
    January 26, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    I love your chairs! Where did you find them?

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      Alyson
      January 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      Thank you! The ghost chairs are from Homegoods.

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    Nuria Sanchez-Morgan
    January 26, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Love the desk! Where can we find it?

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      Alyson
      January 26, 2016 at 3:43 PM

      Hi Nuria: thank you! The desk is from Ikea… about four years old but pretty sure they still have the same style.

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    Tara
    January 26, 2016 at 5:36 AM

    Such a cute space! And you look adorable in your pjs 🙂

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