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Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe

Posted on 26/08/2015 by
Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle's innovative home office is a shining example of 'when there is a will, there is a way".

Now this is what we call Kiwi ingenuity! Michelle’s innovative home office is a shining example of ‘when there is a will, there is a way”.

Where do you go when you want some peace and quiet away from your children? Why, the wardrobe, of course!

When Michelle Laidlaw decided to study from home, she knew she would need a secluded place where she could concentrate on her work without distractions. So the motivated mother of seven got creative and converted her bedroom wardrobe into a cosy home office.

“With my course related costs I brought myself a new computer and measured up my wardrobe. I then drove to the Warehouse Stationery with my tape measure in order to find a desk that would fit into my wardrobe so I could close the doors when not in use,” Michelle explained.

Although the space is small, it’s her own private retreat – her children know it’s off bounds and it can stay out of sight when she isn’t studying.

A closer look at Michelle's home office

A closer look at Michelle’s home office

“I am in a very small space, however it is my world and the children can’t destroy my work. Sometimes my teenagers walk past and don’t even know I am in there!” Michelle laughs.

“When I am done I can close the doors and walk away.”

Michelle is sharing her story in the hope that other stay-at-home mums will be inspired to follow their dreams.

“It is very important to me to let other women know that having children doesn’t stop you from achieving your goals in life. They just have to fit in with your goals, and life is what you make it,” she says.

“Although being a mum is a full-time job, I thought why not use this chance of being at home and do something new with my life which I have always wanted to pursue. I believe things always happen for a reason and life is too short, so I live my life to the full.”

Michelle has already had an amazing and colourful career. After graduating from Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, she started her own graphic design business. A few years later, she specialised in spray painting cars – she painted American Hot Rods and some of the best European vehicles on the market. She even occassionally painted helicopters!

Now, many years on and as a mother of seven, she feels it is time for a career change. Michelle has always been passionate about aviation, so when she found out about ITC’s Study From Home courses, she knew she could start turning this dream into a reality.

“I have a real passion and drive for anything to do with aviation and I will push myself to be the best I can be in order to achieve that goal,” Michelle said.

“I don’t just want to pass this course, I want to achieve with excellence and use it as a stepping stone to my future.”

Michelle has some advice for other mothers who are considering studying from home.

“The key important things for me are:

  • No noise – I have to focus, so I turn the television off in my room
  • Research – I do lots of research and then print it off and read it while writing down the main points on a refill pad
  • Good posture – I am sitting for long periods of time, so I thought it would be better to have a desk and I gave my son my laptop.”

But Michelle acknowledges the key to her success so far is hard work, and of course her amazing ‘office-in-a-wardrobe’!

“I have learnt so much by being able to be alone in my own space and sit down and do extra research until I understand what I am learning,” she said.

“Hard work comes with a reward!”

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2 Responses to “Motivated mum of 7 sets up home office in wardrobe”

  1. Patricia Parkinson says:

    Wanting to knw more please

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