The Beginning of Change

December 2013 arrived and we decided to implement what we had wished to do for a while: change our work space. We took a trip to IKEA – the perfect place to shop for small spaces. Together, as a family, we decided on the shelving, tabletops and drawers that we would use. A few days later the boxes arrived:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
The boxes have arrived! © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Our task had already begun with the dismantling of our former workspace. Now we were ready to begin creating the new.

Have you changed your workspace recently?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge prompt: Beginning)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

49 thoughts on “The Beginning of Change

  1. Back in the spring, I gave away my over-sized roll top desk. It had served its purpose for over six years. I was able to purge items and reorganize important documents and place them away in another space. Now I have a simple table desk with just one small drawer under the table top.

    I hope you had fun putting your together!


    1. It is what we have spent the winter break doing. It is almost done and we look forward to using it – all the members of the family. Like you, we will enjoy a newer, cleaner-looking space 🙂


  2. We just moved in September, so I have lots of new house-related beginnings, starting with where everything goes in a new place. All the best with your project and have a wonderful 2014.



  3. It’s a lot of fun indeed Colline. Love the photo’s you have on your FB page with your daughters setting up their desks. They are just as beautiful as you are. 😀 *hugs*


  4. What a great idea to change and renew your workspace. Inspiring for sure, Colline.
    We went back to school Thursday and then when I got to school on Friday they called it closed instead of a two hour delay. Hope you have a good semester.


  5. Lucky you! I can’t remember the last time I paid a visit to IKEA. I’ve changed every space with the big move last year, and we’re still working on our office space, trying to figure out some kind of order. IKEA would come in handy for solutions, I bet. 🙂


    1. It was our first experience shopping at this store and we were quite impressed with what was available and how could change the look of the furniture to suit our needs. We will now see how the pieces withstand everyday living.


  6. One of our “book shelves” is an Ikea wooden storage shelf we’ve had for almost 25 years. It’s made about 10 moves.
    Still trying, in our little house, to figure out how I can have a creation station other than the kitchen table.
    What a wonderful way to start the new year! I’ll have to go to facebook to see the picture of your daughters.


    1. Good to know that Ikea furniture is long lasting. I wanted my girls to move away from working on the dining room table. We will see how this works as they go back to school today and will come back with homework I am sure 🙂


      1. I’m trying to get off the table, too. Our “living room” is small, and full of book shelves, computer desks, file boxes, paper recycle organizer (old laundry basket), and a small dryer up on a stacking shelf (the washer underneath died several years ago — it has to be portable and roll over to the sink, so these are harder to find and often very expensive. ). Trying to use existing “stuff” rather than acquire more (I love Ikea; there is a store near the big mall that I can take a bus to, for ideas too.
        Anyway, have fun. Hope the arrangement works for your daughters!
        Hope the weather isn’t too wild!


          1. Cold here too, but not that low! Around 3 F at 7:00 am, wind not as bad as could be (gusts to 50 mph). I don’t recalculate Celsius to F. I know what it feels like when in US and when in Canada. And, 5 k is 3 miles since I know how to convert (roughly) between mph and kph. At a certain point, don’t the two temperature scales meet like at -30?
            In many parts of the US, school has been cancelled due to wind chills. Even places like Wisconsin, Minnesota, & MI that are used to cold weather.
            Morning temp. in Atlanta, Georgia, with wind chill (in US temps) -7!
            Good luck going out. Bundle up!


            1. Even though it is cold, the schools her do not close. Instead we make sure the children do not wait outside for school to begin (the school is opened for them to come in), and we have indoor recess.
              I am not used to measuring in Fahrenheit/miles/pounds, etc. In South Africa where I grew up we use the metric system and I cannot get my head around the other way of measurement.


  7. That’s great! We live in a small apartment and miss creative space. We haven’t figured it out yet. I look forward to seeing what you do with your work space!


    1. I am amazed at what we have managed to do. I will measure it out so you can see how much space we have worked with (actually all I need to do is as hubby – he measured it out before we did the shopping 🙂 )


    1. Our physical space is the same and yet it looks so much bigger 🙂
      I took some before pics and this weekend I will take some after. Watch this space …. 🙂


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