I am participating in the 3M Scotch Restickable Tabs campaign. I received a VISA gift card for this post courtesy of 3M via Digital Parents Collective. I am also in the running to win an iPad Mini. As always, all opinions are purely my own.
I have, in my opinion, a freakin’ ugly work area! Seriously, I’m livin’ in the 70s with wood paneling and faux tin, burnt orange tiles! I’m only 28 years old and I still manage to have flash backs sitting in here!
So, when my package of scotch restickables arrived, I wanted to start turning this space into somewhere I’d actually be happy to sit. Somewhere fun. Somewhere inspiring maybe? I’d settle for somewhere that wasn’t a total eye-sore! After mulling it over for a while, I finally had an idea. One of the tools quite often talked about in various self-help, business, entrepreneur etc seminars, is the ‘motivation board’. A place to stick images and quotes, where you’ll see them, so they can help keep you up in times of notable and unavoidable down. I may have taken this idea a little far…
I want to be surrounded by things that make me feel good! Things that make me want to write and accomplish and progress! Not these awful streaky tiles that never look clean.
My board isn’t finished of course, it takes more than a weekend to find all the things that inspire you and convert them into a form that you can stick to the wall, but there are a couple of items I’d like to draw your attention to…
On the left there is the first ever actual factual money I received for writing! I was so excited I nearly died, and my father (bless him) told me that since I could spend it and still physically ‘have’ it, I should get it framed. I haven’t exactly gone that far, but it’s right there, next to my screen, quietly reminding me that someone paid me to write!
Beside it is my all important to do list. That’s actually a note pad! These little restickable things are great, I wasn’t sure it’d take the weight of something like that but it’s been hanging there for a goodly while now and doesn’t show signs of going anywhere.
So, how were these things to use? Pretty darn decent actually. It’s nice when plug and play (or in this case peel and stick) really is just peel and stick. Oh, and the best part? I futzed up the placement a time or two, but it doesn’t matter, they peel right off the wall (you have to be a little carefully obviously, or it’d just fall off wouldn’t it?) and you can move them around. This is great for someone like me who gets sick of things almost the instant I’ve finished putting them up.
I know, the only thing you’re really interested in is ‘how does it look now? As I said, something like this is a work in progress, basically forever, and you can still see plenty of burnt orange, but the goal eventually is to cover every last acid-flashback-inducing tile with something that’ll help me get things done.
With a recommended retail price of $4.95 for 72 tabs… that’s a lot of motivational wall for less that $5. My wall contains art from some of my friends (disgustingly talented people who make me thoroughly sick), photo’s of family members and of course any memento’s of achievement I pick up along the way. Even though there are still (huge) bare patches, I already feel better sitting here! The best part is, I’ve sectioned off a portion of the wall for actual USEFUL info, like bus and school time tables. With restickables, I can just pull them off and replace them when they’re no longer accurate!
I’m considering doing my entire bedroom in this style! Hubby will looove that… if I talk very fast…