Tuesday, 29 January 2013

An Organised Mini-Office

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I don't get as much time as I'd like to read blogs, but when I do IHeart Organizing is one of my favourite destinations. I know I'm not the only one who thinks Jen's blog is amazing, so many of you might already be aware that January is Home Office month over there. When I saw the theme I initially dismissed the challenge as being irrelevant to me. After all, I don't have the space in my home for a dedicated office. The closest thing I've got is my son's new office-in-a-closet, and I'd already shared how I created that in this post:



But then I remembered I do have another office area. I just choose not to use it...


If you haven't taken a virtual tour of my home, my bedroom also doubles as an occasional office. This wasn't set up for my purposes - my husband works from home occasionally and needs somewhere quiet to escape to, away from the noisy boys. Logically, I should be using this area for working and blogging too - it's brighter and warmer than sitting downstairs. But I don't, and until I saw the Home Office Challenge I had never questioned why. When I did finally ask myself why I was shivering downstairs instead of working in my cozy bedroom I came to the conclusion that the space wasn't pretty or organised enough for the area to be a draw to me. This is what it was looking like:



Hmm. I'm sure this doesn't look too bad to most people (and I guess it isn't) but in our house - where everything has a dedicated place - it is a bit neglected. The DVDs were left there months ago by my husband and there were a few other bits and bobs that were not re-assigned a place after the boys' bedrooms were done up. Since in my mind it was my "husband's desk" and the contents of the desk where hidden (out of sight, out of mind) I'd uncharacteristically not bothered to breeze in and sort it out. Until this weekend, that is:





The first thing I did - after sweeping the junk off it - was make the back of the desk pretty with a sample left over from my wallpaper-mania adventures a week back (the big bedroom update is nearly ready to share). Then I put up a Bygel rail with some Fintorp pots for organising stationary supplies. If the Swedish sounding names didn't give it away, they're both from Ikea. 


Next, I made myself a to do list. I *love* to do lists, I always have several on the go! I considered a few possibilities for the upstairs desk; chalkboard based ones, magnetic memo boards, laminated printables. This was the solution I came up with:


After doing up Liam's bedroom I had a couple of homeless picture frames left, so I decided to be thrifty and make use of one of them.  I knocked up a quick printable which would coordinate with the wallpaper colours and inserted it into the frame - you can write straight onto the glass with dry erase pens! It's a very practical solution for the space because it doesn't take up much room, is freestanding and can be moved around easily. 

Other additions to the desk include my label maker (previously crammed into a cupboard downstairs) and a little basket to act as a catch-all for phones, keys, USB sticks, etc.




Of course, the bottom cupboard on the desk had a bit of a make over too.The part I'm most pleased with is the addition of a document holder next to the printer. Before, we were keeping paper and bits in a drawer downstairs so whenever I needed to print things off I'd often be running up and downstairs to refill paper trays. This is much more practical!




I've also added a dedicated box to hide all the random bits my husband needs when he works at home, but  which are just visual clutter most of the time. 


Eagle eyed readers may have noticed in the "after" photo that I've re-housed all my home binders (manuals, finances and household - think the latter is due a re-organisation project of its own soon). The laminator also has a new home in the desk cupboard because it makes more sense to keep it next to my printer than downstairs. 

In the grand scheme of things, this isn't the biggest organisation project I've undertaken but I really feel it has made such a big improvement. With a few small updates to make the area pretty and practical I've now started thinking of it as "my" area, which makes much more sense than it being only used by hubby once in a blue moon. Having such an underused space was crazy in a small home!


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18 comments:

  1. Great mini office! Love your organization!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  2. I love it, so light and airy! You should link up your organization endeavors with me on Tuesdays.

    http://shorthistoryofnow.blogspot.com/2013/01/ill-breathe-again-shame-files.html

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  3. omg this is the perfect solution to my current problem! we will be making our spare bedroom a nursery and so now we have no office space. i was thinking of putting something in the master and i love how this is all contained!!

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    1. I love our Hemnes bureau desk! It really is the perfect solution when you don't have any choice but to have your work space in your bedroom.

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  4. What a great mini office. I totally need to redo my office space. I love your blog. I'm a new follower ;) Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Great mini office. Love the organisation.

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  6. What a great space! I was actually thinking of getting that desk and ended up getting something else. Darn! lol! Thanks for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this on my Facebook page and pinned. Enjoy the rest of the week!
    Jenn :)

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  7. This is such a great space. You packed in a lot of function.

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  8. Oh I like this - I have a very similar set up in the bedroom and you've inspired me to make it work

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  9. This is just what I've been looking for.....a way to get clutter off my kitchen counters. I actually have the rod and pails from Ikea and haven't done anything with them. I know what I'm doing now. Thanks for giving me inspiration. I'm pinning this! New follower, found you on Lovely Crafty Weekend. Thanks again!

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  10. WOW...talk about a facelift. I'd love to do paperwork if I had your new mini-office! You can stop by my house and update areas anytime! ;)

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  11. I love an organized office space no matter how big or small. Looks really neat. Great job. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would check it out.

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  12. SOOO organized and clean I love it!

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  13. Show and Tell Saturday is LIVE at Sassy Little Lady! I’d love to have you come join the party!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-3

    Kathie

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  14. Love it. I live in NYC which means space is not found easily. Thanks for sharing it.

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  15. So much cuteness in one happy place! Love it all! <3

    xo,
    Jen

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  16. I love your blog so much, and I think it is the first english blog that I follow ^^ (Come from Austria)

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    1. Thank you, I'm very flattered to be the first english blog that you've followed! :)

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