As much as I adore traveling, there’s really nothing like coming home, am I right? Sleeping in your own bed, having a bathroom full of all the products I like to use and having a kitchen stocked with foods and being able to go in my closet and pull out clean clothes instead of rooting through my suitcase for the one clean shirt I know I have left—little things, but things you learn to appreciate more after being gone!
Like I mentioned yesterday, jumping back into the swing of things hasn’t been easy. And for once in my life, I’m not forcing it. Instead of trying to sit down and edit the hundreds of photos from our trip or tackling all my emails in one day, I’m getting to it when I’m motivated and it feels right. Everything’s already a little bit harder with jet lag, why make it harder?!
Something I did do? Nest. Something about getting the house back in order makes it easier for me to focus. After doing a mountain of laundry and vacuuming more of Oliver’s fur (it never ends!) I tackled my desk. I left it a total mess before we left—my desk is my weak spot. For the most part, I like keeping our place pretty tidy, but I always struggle with the one spot where I spend most of my time during the week.
A few years ago, I bought a new white Parsons desk from West Elm and one thing I didn’t consider was storage space—as beautiful as it is, it has none. Like, zilch. Okay, technically it has two drawers, but they’re only about an inch deep and even a thick notebook can barely fit in there! I end up stacking all kinds of papers, tax records, mail (unopened and opened), magazines and random notes in one big pile. If it’s not on the top of the pile, it quickly gets forgotten.
Before we left, I’d ordered some goodies from Z Gallerie to help keep my desk (and other areas of the house!) a little bit more organized. These acrylic and gold desk accessories have been my favorite things—especially the collator! All those papers that were stacked on my desk, now have a home. The best part is that it’s small and discreet so my desk never feels too cluttered. I’ve been using this garden stool as a way to display books and have a spot for my camera. It’s nothing fancy, but since it’s styled a bit more, it feels more purposeful and orderly than just laying it on the counter. The canister in our kitchen is unrelated to my desk, but it’s also a new addition and now holds Oliver’s dog treats! Can you guess where he likes to curl up for a nap now?
Sure, it’s only been a couple of days, but I do find that having things in order has helped me get focused. Maybe that means I’ll be back to normal by Monday—cross your fingers!
Thanks to Z Gallerie for generously providing product!