Friday, October 3, 2008

Welcome to our new office

One month ago I had it. I had it with the piles. I had it with the clutter. I was finally fed up enough to do something about it. I don't really think of myself as unorganized, but the office was a different story. It is in our basement so it has been pretty easy to ignore. My objective was to re-organize and give it a face lift for little or no money. After all is said & done I spent about $13. It was well worth every cent.

Before

Say hello to After
-First of all way to much clutter that had to be addressed obviously. After I finally found my desk, I emptied it and gave it to Donovan. He then took the desk he was using and painted it for me. Loving the new black desk! And what a deal we found the paint at Home Depot on the mis-tint table for $5, and it is outdoor paint so I think it will wear well.


-I also got rid of the metal file cabinet containing misc. junk that I needed to be rid of. Some was kept and put into my handy new desk drawers.

-I also got rid of the magnetic board that was hanging above the desk, it was becoming an eye sore.

-Replaced the lamp, with one we were using in the living room.

-Also I decided rather than fabric under the glass on the desk top, to use some of those pictures I'm probably never going to realistically scrapbook. Here's a shot, Don't mind the glare.

Love it, Love it, Love it!
Another Before

After

A beautiful after. I love the black. This had been our changing table for the first 3 kids. It served us well. But then we got an actual changing table. So this was converted into a wrapping station/eBay shipping station. I had seen this idea in a magazine and loved the idea of having somewhere to keep all my wrapping supplies. However as you could see from the before picture, I had lost my vision for this. Donovan repaired the broken drawer and painted it. The drawers are now cleaned out and the ribbon is organized in plastic containers, gift bags and tissue paper are also in drawers 2 and 3. I am down right giddy about having a home for things again. I also had seen in a magazine the peg board that was in the before picture. But that really wasn't all it was cracked up to be. The hooks did not serve me well. So we covered that with batting and fabric that together cost about $8. I love the splash of color it adds.

Before

After

Now hubby has more desk top space with my desk. He also did some re-organizing, cleaning out, and throwing away. Ahhhhh, beautiful. I also found some pictures we were not displaying in the storage room to decorate the once empty wall.


Now the next picture is not a before or after...it just is. It's the only thing I would like to change in the office. In a perfect world I would love to get matching albums & coordinating fabric covered boxes/baskets. However this is not priority right now, & it's not something I want to spend $ on for now. So it just is. Unless one of you has something that would fit into these shelves and I would be helping you with a decluttering situation at your home. :)


Overall I'm still giddy. Just love our new space. Donovan is esp. happy since he works from home, and his office is now a more organized place to be. I just love to walk by this room and see the beautiful glow of organization.

Quote of the day:


Me: "William, I like your new haircut."

William: "Mom, can you see it grow?"

Me: "Not yet."

William: "In a minute will you?"

He must hear "in a minute" often.

11 comments:

Holly said...

WOW! I love~love~love the new creation of your newly renovated office! WOW! When do you and Donovan start taking requests. maybe the both of you should hook up with Ty Pennington! You 2 could do wonders for the Extreme Makeover:Home Edition show! I love the work both of you did!

Sharla said...

wow, the room looks wonderful! i need to work on my office! you mentioned you sell on ebay...anything i might be interested in? what's your seller name?

RosyRose said...

hey beau-tumus! I am completly green right now! I need to get a little office organizing tips from you!
We will be sad to miss you on Sunday. We are going to Ohio for my nephew's baptisim.
Love ya,

Stacey said...

LOVE IT! It looks so clean and organized! Wish we lived closer I could hire you to do ours! :)

Sherri said...

It looks great, Heather! I love how you did it without spending much $...that can be a challenge, but you pulled it off beautifully!

Great Job!!

cheryl said...

Doesn't organization just feel so good?! I love it. The room looks great!

Carrie said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! It is very nice to "meet" you, too! What a small world for you to be in Norm and Carol's small group! I love the new office - and the idea for storing gift wrap, and I love your son's quote on your previous post. LOL.

Cindy said...

Awesome job Heather! What if you took some of that black paint (if there's any left) and painted the back walls of that wonderful album shelf thingy. It might "soften" everything you don't like about it.? I know what you mean about that area being .... it's a necessity and important stuff there, but it just doesn't do anything for the space. i've got several of those areas around too.

Love what you did! Now I'm motivated to tackle a room that I've had the door shut to way toooo long!

Charlotte said...

Your office makeover is definitely a success! Thanks for posting the results!

Cindy said...

in reply to your comment -

Thanks for the christmas envelope idea, and for the rest of the ideas .... hmmmm, if I have time! :)

Beth said...

Your office looks great!! Want to come and help me with my scrapbook area????? It needs A LOT of help and even more imagination! I still want to get together to learn about how to do those pictures! Take care.