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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Organizing a Small office

I try to be organized, I really do, but some areas take precent over others.  One of the areas, that that has needed my desperate attention was a teeny tiny little office area, that I share with my family.  It is where I blog from, pay bills from, and spend way too much time looking through Pinterest and Facebook! It's where I my kids sometimes do homework from too. So recently, I decided enough was enough and cleaned it all up.  It's been a few weeks, and it still looks the same (maybe some extra dust).

If you've been reading for awhile then you've already seen what a hot mess my teeny-tiny little office area was last fall.

Here's a before pic...  be prepared, this is not for the faint of heart. Please do not hold your breath too long.


And so that I can redeem myself, here is the much better after...

Awww... Breath! (ignore the computer cables in the back, please and thank-you)

Here is what I did...
  • I got rid of the junk (genius, I know!)
  • New desk
  • Added shelves to show off pretty things,
  • Get rid of old printer, buy smaller one,
  • Keep only essentials on desktop,
  • Move ugly file cabinet elsewhere (it's in a small closet nearby)
The desk came from Target, the Threshold line, I think it was $140.  The little printer table came from Ikea and holds all the printer essentials, and extra paper.  I moved the floating shelves from my daughter's bedroom, to add height to the space.

Since this area is open to the rest of the house, I kept the colours neutral with a slight pop of colour.

I will probably paint the walls soon!

I used some black and white pics of my kiddos when they were younger, a puppy pic of our first fur baby, a watercolour print of Vancouver from a trip 10 years ago with hubby.  The "Life is Beautiful" print was made using PicMonkey and then printed on my little home printer.

I found this brass bowl at Goodwill a few months ago for a $1.  It holds my husband's business receipts until I get around to input them into a spreadsheet for the accountant.

I love plants, and I think we can all benefit from a little extra oxygen in our lives. ;)  I found the little planter at Goodwill for a $1 and the plant is a Philodendron Silver, very low-maintenance.

And to remind you again what a hot-mess this area was, here is a side-by - side...

And a nice clean pic...

I also shared all the details over on the Happy Housie blog a couple of weeks ago.

I still have quite a bit to do in this area (like painting those builder-beige walls), but I think it's come a long way.  Don't you think?

(if anyone wants the Life is Beautiful print let me know, and I'll share)

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