Create the Perfect Study Space in 3 Steps

Having a space other than a bedroom to work on projects is an absolute must. I’m here to help you create the perfect work space in less than an hour so you can get back to your day.

Having a space other than a bedroom to work on assignments and projects during the school year is an absolute must. While a simple desk with do the trick, creating a personalized space allows you to focus on the task at hand. Having a personalized space is also better for organizing rather than a cookie – cutter style office. This at – home project doesn’t have to take hours on end, either! I’m here to help you create the perfect work space in less than an hour so you can get back to your day.

Before we get into this project, you will need to find a space in your home or apartment that is quiet and not near your bedroom. Science shows that working in a bedroom can affect your sleep because your brain has no separation between work and relaxation. My study space is in the basement of house, which is effective. You can convert a closet into a study room, or you can set up at a coffee table if you live alone.

1.) Shop on Amazon

Let’s be honest – who doesn’t like online shopping? For your first step in creating the perfect study space, you need to pick out the following items in colors or patterns that match your personality.

  • Planner – find my Etsy planners here
  • Organization Caddy
  • Calendar
  • Pencil case
  • Electronic Device
  • Computer mouse (optional)
  • Multi – functional desk pad
  • Desk
  • Highlighters, markers and/or sharpies
  • Jar or Plant holder (to hold writing utensils)
  • Basket or large bowl

You can get these supplies from stores and websites other than Amazon, but I recommend Amazon because they supply quick shipping and a variety of brands and colors. You can get my Etsy planner printables at an affordable price here. You can also get your hands on some motivational bible verses here.

2. Clean up

Before you receive you supplies, clean up is an absolute necessity. Throw away any clutter that is unnecessary and re-organize anything that may be out of order or takes away from the aesthetic of your space. This step is important because non-essential clutter will be distracting in the long run. This step may take the most amount of time, but it will pay off the most.

3. Set – Up

When your order arrives, you can begin the setup of your space. Personally, I think that this is the best part. To begin, lay out your desk pad. Organize your caddy, and hang it up if you are able. This will reserve extra desk space for you. Hang your calendar on a wall, and place your planner or planning binder in the basket. Put your writing utensils in your jar or/basket/pot. Situate your electronic device and mouse on your desk pad. Put any miscellaneous school/work supplies in a pencil case or small box. Put this in an easily accessible cabinet, cubby or drawer.

Congratulations on completing your study space! No you can get the job done. Next week, make sure to look out for a post on how to stop procrastinating. You can also sign up for the Busy and Beaming Community to receive exclusive tips and materials and freebies, and so that you never miss a post. Enjoy your new office! 🙂

Keep Smiling,

Summer DIY Projects: Photo Hoop

Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my favorite projects! If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! Let’s get crafting!

Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my top favorite projects to do. Not only are they super easy and super fun, but they can be used for several purposes. If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! If you feel like checking out some unique ideas, you should visit my post on Unique Autumn Activities. Let’s get started!

Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my top favorite projects to do. Not only are they super easy and super fun, but they can be used for several purposes. If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! You can also have it as a room decoration with pictures of friends and/or yourself. The original photo hoop had pictures of my friends on it, but to protect their privacy, i’ve replaced them with pictures of my own. Enjoy the post!

Materials:

  • Metal hoop or embroidery hoop. Size may vary
  • Stiff Ribbon (I used gold ribbon)
  • Mesh ribbon (optional, for hanging)
  • Several small pictures
  • hot glue/hot glue gun
  • cardboard (for hot gluing)
  • Scissors
  • dried or artificial flowers (for optional decoration)

Hopefully you already have a hot glue gun and cardboard in your home. If you don’t already have photos printed out, I recommend going to your local photo print shop or Walgreens to get them printed for minimal cost. I also recommend an HP Sprocket Printer for small photos for a photo wall, bulletin board or other projects. You can find them here. (This is not an affiliate link).

Step #1

After you’ve gathered your supplies, starting the project is easy. First, measure out your ribbon with a ruler to find where you would like it to fall on your hoop. Then use your hot glue gun to attach one side of the ribbon to the hoop. Wait for the glue to dry, then fold the ribbon over the hoop and hot glue the other side. Cut any excess ribbon with scissors.

Step #2

Lay out your photos, but DO NOT glue them on yet. Organize them into a pattern that you love and looks aesthetically pleasing. You can either lay them out completely throughout the hoop, or you can leave a place for a quote card. One pattern that I like is alternating between horizontal and vertical photos. Square pictures also add a bit of flare with the photo hoop.

Step #3

Glue your photos on to your ribbon strips. Add a small spot of glue in the middle of the picture, and place it on to your ribbon. Hold for 5 seconds to ensure that the photo stays still and does not move. You can also mount the photo on a piece of colored card stock paper before gluing it on for added effect.

Step #4

Place your dried, pressed or faux flowers onto your hoop. Hot glue small sections of leaves or step onto the hoop. Be cautious as to how much glue you use because it is easy to overdo it and have globs of hot glue stuck to your project. To make dried flowers, simply cut stemmed sections of a flower from a bigger plant. Hang the plant upside down to dry for several days. If it is completely dry, it is perfect to use. If some moisture is still there, continue waiting. To press flowers, place them in the middle of a heavy book and close the book over them. Stack a few books on top for added weight. While drying or pressing flowers is cheaper, buying small faux flowers is more time convenient.

Step #5

This step is optional and is dependent on what you are planning on using a photo hoop for. If you are planning on hanging the photo hoop, this step is important. You will need to loop your mesh ribbon around the photo hoop and hot glue a short section of your hoop to the ribbon. Make sure that the hot glued section of the ribbon is even between the two ends. Secure the two ends by either hot gluing or tying, so it can be looped around a nail or hook. I might also recommend hot gluing the tied part of the hanger to the hoop instead of hot gluing the middle section. This depends on the type of look you are trying to achieve.

There you have it! I hope you enjoy your new decoration. I would love to know what kinds of projects you all are using this for, so feel free to comment! as always, I love to hear your input and feedback! Remember to stay save and have fun!

Keep Smiling,

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