With the new year, I wanted a new workspace. It wasn’t that the spot I had at my new dining room table didn’t work. It was functional and had lots of natural light, but it wasn’t very inspiring. Knowing that I’m always on the go and love to move around…from the dining room table to the couch to my bed back to the dining room, not to mention my coffee shop jumping, I knew that I didn’t want to invest a lot of time and money in creating an actual office.
Additionally, this space needed to be two things: 1. beautiful and inspiring (which also meant whimsical and girly) and 2. concealable with a closing door (because I can get messy and projects often explode on my desk). A closet office was the perfect solution!
I was surprised to see the growing trend of closets converted into offices and called “cloffices”. At first I absolutely HATED this word and I hate when two words are put together in a stupid fashion and overused (“mompreneur” for example or “spork”), but now I can’t stop saying it! “Welcome to my cloffice!” “I’m enjoying a cup of cloffee in my cloffice!” Ugg. Pinterest was flooded with them.
My goal was to convert the closet in my bedroom that I use to stash purses and unfolded clothes. I vowed not to spend any money. I collected items from around the house that I already had, magically pulling together a blue, pink and green theme. I borrowed a chair from my mom that she wasn’t using and dug up an old file rack that I haven’t used since I left my full-time job. And my printer fits perfectly on the bottom shelf.
The one thing that would make my cloffice complete was a chandelier. I’ve always envisioned one (thanks a lot Pinterest) hanging in my office. Since the space is so tiny, a real chandelier would be too big. So I found a tea light candle holder ($12), inverted it and hung it along with a tap light ($12) to make my make-shift chandelier. Done!