Today, I’ve got a peek into my home office for you. I thought for the last of my Real Organized series it would be good to give you some ideas on how to keep your office organized. I know that most of this series has been focused on our homes and our families, but I also know that if I’m totally disorganized at work, it totally spills over into my home and family (especially since I work from home).
I’ve come up with some great space saving ideas to make my super small office and craft area work. As you probably know by now, I also love to have things labeled and I love to have cuteness in my space…so I’ve got a whole kit of labels and tags and notebook labels/covers. I’m super excited because I added in labels for the IKEA storage boxes that I have that I know tons of you have as well. The come with labels but they are a bit plain and boring, so now I have cute labels. The whole labeling kit is so cute! It also helps keep things super organized and that helps me on a day to day basis. It helps me know what I have so I don’t buy extra and it helps me quickly locate things as well as quickly put them away. No wondering where in the heck I put the paint can opener or the glue gun extension cord.
I wanted to just take you on a tour of my office and show you what I have done and tell you why. If you have ever seen other bloggers show off their offices, they usually have a whole room and I’ve seen those with a whole wall of props and/or craft supplies. I keep things very compact and simple. I don’t have a whole wall of supplies. I usually buy just what I need for a specific project and don’t have much leftover or I end up giving things away or purging. I just don’t like having lots of stuff…clutter bugs me and excess is clutter to me.
Above you can see my desk, it started as just a big rectangular table and I’ve changed it a few times over the years. I love this edition of my desk because it has so much function built into it for a small IKEA price. 🙂 The desktop is from IKEA as are the legs. They are adjustable legs, so I could adjust them to the height of the set of drawers from IKEA. I added a four cube bookcase to the end of the desk that I’m pretty sure was also from IKEA, but I know I tried one from Target as well and I really don’t remember where I ended up getting them. (I have 3 of them and you will see the other two in a minute)
At the end of my desk, in the 4 cube bookcase, I have a few of the IKEA KVARNVIK boxes. The larger boxes hold my fabric stash (see it all fits in one box…I told you I keep it small), felt and yarn. The smaller boxes hold glitter, hot glue gun and my Mod Podge tools (affiliate link). I keep an extension cord right in the box with my hot glue gun because I always need one with it. On the bottom shelf, I also have my Cuttlebug (which I never use anymore, but can’t seem to get rid of it) as well as the plastic tablecloth that I use to work on most of my projects.
The labels for the IKEA boxes come in this small size as well as in a size that works for the bigger boxes. For my office, I used these cute blue and pink labels, but I also have them in gray which I use in my living room. Cuteness!
I keep my electronic tools on top of this cube/bookcase and just move the one I don’t need off when I’m using one of them.
Moving around onto my desk, I keep a lot of my papers and plans in notebooks. It keeps things easy to grab and find while keeping them neat and organized. I love the labels for the notebooks. There are two different kinds because I have different kinds of notebooks, as I’m sure you do as well. I have some labels that can slide into notebooks and some that can be printed on full sheet labels (affiliate link) and adhered to the notebook. I love it! It looks so neat and tidy and organized! Perfection!
Right next to my notebooks, I have a file organizer that holds other loose papers and things I don’t want in a notebook.
On the right side of my desk, I have this bank of drawers from IKEA. I decided to label them this time partially to add more color and cuteness and partially because the bottom two drawers contain things that I tend to forget about and I wanted a reminder of where I had put them when I reorganized and purged last week.
You really don’t HAVE to label drawers, but I love how it looks and that it makes it so super easy for me to remember where I put what. Plus it is just cute!
Just above that area, I added this cute shelf (affiliate link) from Target a while ago. I use the same exact shelf to house my Starbuck You are Here Mug collection in the kitchen. This shelf had SO much more stuff in it before I cleaned and purged last week, but I got rid of quite a bit that I was just holding on to just in case I needed it. Meh…bye bye stuff.
The one thing that I couldn’t really find a great place for in my reorganization is my stack of things I have bought that I plan to do a project with, but haven’t gotten to it yet. For now, I have made them into a neat stack behind my desk. (That cabinet is our kids craft cabinet. The office is really our dining room and I share it with my husband as well as our craft cabinet.)
These are projects you can look forward to seeing me share with you on the blog in the near future. Yay! Any guesses as to what I’m up to?
Ok, so now is when we get to what I think of as my genius idea for storage and a place to photograph. Yes, occasionally I call myself a genius…I mean there are times I really am! 😉 So, I took two of those 4 cube bookshelves and I placed them back to back with some space in the middle. That gave me storage space in the office (dining room), but didn’t take up too much floor space as the room is getting a smidge crowded.
At the bottom, you can see the two bookshelves here with my storage in the middle. Can you see on top of that? The narrow dark wood slats just below the white backdrop. I built that last year when I came home from SNAP (a creative blog conference). It is the wood backdrop you see in quite a few of my pictures, like the Frappes I gave you the recipe for yesterday. It also bridges the gap between the two bookcases and gives me a surface on which I can photograph. I have plans for other wood backdrops like that as well but haven’t actually gotten around to making them yet. Oh, and if you are curious, behind the top portion of the white backdrop is the mirror that I slide out and use to photograph my Stitch Fix posts.
So you can see that on top of the bookshelf, I’m all set to photograph the labels that I used to organize my office and below, I have great storage. I bought myself 4 additional bins like I used in the hallway. They are great for my huge stash of ribbon. Thanks, Offray! The other basket on this side has a few extra craft tools and some supplies that I don’t have a specific project for but are supplies I am pretty sure I will use at some point in the future. Above that, I have a spot for some books and a few other notebooks that I don’t access very often, but I still need.
The two boxes hold my acrylic paints as well as some of my painting and other tools, like the Kreig Jig (affiliate link) I used to build the wood backdrop.
I just love the cuteness of the tags and the genius (another of my genius ideas!) of the shelf labels. I know they really aren’t necessary…but I just love the look of the labels and I just smile that they are there. Those shelf tags are only about 1/2″ wide, so they are really narrow to fit all kinds of places. I can’t wait to show you the other way I used them. 🙂
On the opposite side of my photography table, I have two more baskets and all my props for photographing recipes. That is all that I have. I know bloggers who have a whole wall, but like I said, I just don’t want that much stuff. So, if you get bored seeing the same props…that is why.
Hello, cuteness! Have I mentioned how much I love tags and having things labeled. I know I have. It may be a dorky obsession with me. It just looks so cute and that makes me happy. It also helps keep me organized over the long run because I put things back in the same place I found them.
Props for photographing food. Lots of white because it looks good with anything and is easy to replace if something breaks.
Hello, paper straws…you are horrible to drink through, but you look so pretty when I photograph you. Hehe.
Once again, I have two of these same bins on this side. It is really nice to have something to place odds and ends in. Our cat also likes to eat any flowers, whether real or artificial, so I have to put those away or he will destroy them. He has even gone so far as to pull one of these bins out to get to the flowers…geesh, good thing he is so cute. 😉
I do have one more little stash for supplies. In our front entry hallway, I bought a small chest of drawers at Target. Until I reorganzed last week, I had a mish mash of stuff thrown in here. Now it houses all my out of season photography props in the bottom two drawers and in the three small drawers in the top row, I have more paint supplies as well as my Cricut cartridges (they are all digitally linked to my account, but it seems like a bad idea to get rid of them).
Remember when I told you the shelf tags were only 1/2″ wide and that I had used them another place? I added them to the top of the drawers. You can only see this when you open the drawer. I love having the props organized so I can quickly and easily find them and I also love having the labels there. Makes it easy for me to remember what goes where. Also, by having most of my artificial flowers in these drawers the cat can’t get to them. Yay!
So there you have a peek into my office and how I keep things organized. You can get your own label kit and have dorky fun labeling things just like me. I’m telling you, it makes such a difference to have things labeled. Not only does it add some cuteness and therefore a smile to my day, it helps me be more efficient because I know where things are or I can quickly find them because they are labeled, but it also helps me clean up quickly and keep things tidy and organized over time. If your office or other space is in need of some organization, go through things first and purge. Then think about where you use things and organize accordingly. Finally, label. It adds personality and fun and of course keeps you organized.
Now, since this is the last post in my Real Organized series, I can tell you that the picture that you see above with the notebook of the American Girl Doll Craft series label is true! My next series is going to be over this summer and will be a series of American Girl Doll crafts. I’m working on it already and I’m working on having kits that you can buy with all the supplies you need to make the crafts! I’m super excited about it! So, if you don’t want to miss a thing, please sign up here and I will make sure to send you all the details.
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