Friday, January 25, 2013

Home Office Organization

A few weeks ago I told you I was tackling organization and sprucing of our home office, and phase one is complete!


The built-ins came with the house and have been great for storage but we haven't been very thoughtful in how we organized things, and as a result, they had become a mess.


It really didn't make me happy to be in here because I'd look up and see this disaster staring me down.  Not to mention it was hard to find anything I was looking for because things were stacked up half falling over.  There was no rhyme or reason to any of it.

Step one here was clearing everything out.  I started with the cabinets and took out every item, organized by type (paper products, candles, upholstery supplies, fabric, etc.) then grouped like items together and neatly packed things back into the cabinets.  I used a lot of plastic bins to corral smaller items.

For the open shelves I wanted a combination of functional and pretty.  With all of my furniture, sewing, and upholstery work I have a lot of fabric scraps and this is how they were "organized" before.


I wanted to be able to see everything but still have it neatly packed away and decided on these wire baskets from Crate and Barrel to do the job.


I also shopped around for some pretty accents that could do double duty as storage, like the driftwood bowl above, which adds a nice natural element to the shelves but also holds my camera and extra lenses.

Some items are just plain decorative - after years of staring at bookshelves piled up with old textbooks and my project extras, I wanted some pretty!  A few of my favorites are the glass cloche, yarn-wrapped gazelle, and silver salt cellar (can you see the tiny spoon?).


So I'm on my way on here!  Next I'll be ripping off the moulding and re-trimming the whole built-in, including the doors, with flat moulding, in sort of a Shaker style.  I'm also thinking of papering the backs of the open shelves.  I can't tell you how happy it makes me to have everything pretty, organized, and easy to find.  This project took a few days and a lot of mess (picture piles on the floor everywhere) but it sure was worth it.


Hope you have a great weekend!

22 comments:

  1. Love your built in and your styling made such a difference! My husband and I are tackling our office, too. This is the year for better organization, which is tough in our office (we also use it as our homeschool classroom).

    Have a great weekend!
    Angela

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  2. ah, it looks so lovely and organized now! i bet that feels good! :)

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  3. I have an entire wall of bookshelves in my office that need major styling. Perhaps next year as our 2013 project list is already full. And as far as organization goes, my kitchen pantry looks quite similar to your before photo..but that bad boy is on the project list thank goodness. I am just itching to rework that space.
    Love how you added so much texture with the various accessories & allowed your fabrics to be seen. I find that if I have something stored in a way that I can see it, I am much more likely to use it.
    Enjoy the "new" space!
    Amelia

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    1. It's such a dirty, messy process, but having everything organized now makes it totally worth the work. Hope your pantry comes out well!

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  4. Nothing beats pretty and functional ~ great job, Jennifer!

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  5. Very pretty! I wish we had more shelving like that! Makes organization so much easier!

    Chloe
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/

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  6. Looks SO great! So fresh and so clean, clean! The dictionary and the boxwood are my favourite parts :)

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  7. Great job styling the shelves - I love the pops of color! I need to do this for my living room built ins...

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    1. Thanks, Lo! I love the organization but love the pretty little somethings just as much :)

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  8. Love the way you styled them! I had no idea how to style bookshelves for the longest time. I've realized that you do need just some gorgeous decorative items. I love that glass vase you have - I actually want one really similar to put on our bookshelf in the family room!

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  10. I hadn't heard of Thirty-One Gifts. Just poked around your site a bit, very cool. Shoot me an e-mail if you want to set up a giveaway!

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  11. This looks so great! I absolutely love it!
    Found you through the iheart organizing link-up - new follower & looking forward to reading your blog!

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  12. This is beautiful--so bright and cheery! Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Abby =)

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  13. Lovely style! You just never know when an "odd" piece will make for a beautiful accent! I think the books are my favorite!

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  14. Ohhh my goodness! There is so much pretty there I can't even stand it. LOOOOVE that driftwood bowl, and how pretty all your fabric looks in those wire baskets. Stunning!

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  15. Pretty! I like how "real" these shelves are, in the sense that many of these items serve a purpose and they aren't random items just sitting there for appearances. I am really digging that yarn wrapped gazelle, though - it's so unique!

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    1. Hi Amberly, thanks! I totally needed the shelves to be functional...but love the gazelle too :)

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  16. My heart just did happy somersaults! Love the beauty in your updated and oh so organized shelves!

    xo,
    Jen

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