Welcome to Week 11 of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge, where my aim is to organize every room of my home in 14 weeks or less.
Can you believe how far we've come? The changes that have taken place around my home - and hopefully yours as well - are just mind-blowing! I'm used to decorating and organizing for others. But it's been so nice to be able to focus on my own home for a change.
Having said that, it's time to give attention to an area in the home that can quickly become a paper pit. Today, we're organizing our office.
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My husband and I have shared an office for years, but since he needed more space, we managed to carved out an area in the basement for him. I'll have more on that later in the year. But for now, this means that I get to have a très chic, girly space. Whoo, hoo! Here are a few "before" shots of my office cabinet and drawers.
What a hot mess! You and I are going to have to face our home office skeletons - AND those random piles of papers - sooner or later, so let's just get it over with. For this challenge you will need:
The Process: Empty, Purge, Sort, Scrub, Analyze, Return
Recycle High-end Product Packaging
For this project, I wanted to spend as little money as possible (surprise, surprise). So I looked around to see what objects I could re-purpose to make neat organizers for the drawers. As I was purging the cabinet I came across these old iPhone and jewelry boxes. Can I just say that Apple has the most awesome packaging?
I played around with the configuration a bit before settling on one that fit my needs. After purging, and painting my cabinet, here's how my recycled drawer organizers turned out:
I so was pleased with this portion of the project - which cost me absolutely nothing by the way - that I decided to move to the desk area
My office area also serves as a guest, workout, crafting and dressing room for me, so I'm constantly purging this area of the home. All it really needed was a feminine touch. Here is what it looked like before, with more masculine friendly colors:
Not too shabby. Now, here is the after, which is decidedly more feminine .
The beauty is that if I ever get tired of all the fluff, I can just go back to the way it was. There are, however, a few principles that I maintained, which make this space work.
After living with this set up for a couple of days, I came to the conclusion that fur really does belong on the floor. Ha! So I edited the space a bit, and lowered the "Hollywood" feel. Here is my everyday look:
So there are my tips for creating a supa' cool home office. Now I'd like to hear from you. Tell me, how do you organize your office for work?
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