Working from home has changed many people's lives. Melissa Watkins is on the blog today to show you how to spruce up your home office on a budget for a better working from home experience.

In March, I was informed that I would be working from home for the rest of 2020. I never thought I would have to create a home office in my current space. I enjoyed the liberty of going to my office at work and enjoying the comforts of home. I would do blog work at home, but those days were most successful in a local coffee shop.

The worldwide pandemic had shifted our employment and our lives in ways we could never imagine. I would spend almost 10 hours sitting in the same space with no distinction between work and the comfort of home. In addition, I could not pop out to my fave coffee shop. I found myself getting listless and not very productive. I quickly hustled to create a ‘workspace’.

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BEFORE – My makeshift workspace

Thank you to the team at Old Time Pottery for helping me spruce up my jumbled space. Previously I had purchased a new desk, bookshelf, and rug, but the space didn’t feel like me. It felt messy and unorganized. I wanted to add some flair and inspiration. My gift certificate from Old Time Pottery cam right on time!

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Visiting the Old Time Pottery store in Madison, TN was a great experience. The staff was helpful and properly wearing masks. There were sanitation stations for carts and clearly marked reminders for customers to stay 6 feet apart.

At first, I was slightly overwhelmed with ALL the choices in all the departments. But as I took my time going through the aisles, I started to see what I needed to make my space look its best.

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Old Time Pottery has items for any style of decorating. I am more modern with bits of Whimsy. When I found ‘Rodney’ (a ceramic robot tucked away in the home décor section) I knew exactly what I wanted. I picked up a 16” x 20” frame for a piece of art I purchased earlier in the year. Then I saw another framed posted that said ‘Work Hard’ that I knew needed to come home. Lastly, I went to the lighting section for a proper desk lamp. I was pleasantly surprised to find a sleek modern lamp with a trendy marble base.

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When I got home, I was excited to add my new pieces. I vacuumed, reorganized my bookshelf, put my art in my new frame, cleared off my desk for Rodney and my new lamp. There is nothing like adding a couple of pieces to breathe new life into your home (all for less than $100).

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AFTER – A new lamp, desk art, and new framed art

Once again, thank you to Old Time Pottery for sponsoring my new work from home space. Just adding a couple new pieces really helped me feel better about working from home for the rest of 2020.

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