Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Organization Wednesday: Office Progress


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Oh man, I have been meaning to share the last bit of progress in my office for awhile, but little things kept stopping me, like wanting to style the space to perfection, hating that very nineties green wall color, or waiting to choose wallpaper. If I wait for that those things (even though I’ve improved my organizational skills) I’d have to wait until about 2015. So here’s a bit of progress, ugly exposed cords (major pet peeve) and printers and all – it’s reality.

SHELVES & DRAWERS: This formerly dead space now offers all sorts of storage and space to be organized. Now my picky aesthetic preferences dictated that the shelf brackets go where the outmost studs were, but I’m noticing that they are starting to bow a bit, so I may have to suck it up and add some extras.

The real gift these shelves have given me is proximity. Everything I need is within arm’s reach, and having the shelves and file drawers next to my desk allows me to keep my desktop clean! Hallelujah!

One other thing I learned is that as you tackle your piles, you’ll learn what kinds of things need their own drawers. I had kept my design catalogs in baskets for so long that I’d never thought to designate a drawer for them. However, as I cleaned things out, I realized they’d be a lot handier and more organized in a drawer adjacent to my desk.

LABELS: From the workshop I took over at Simplify 101, I learned that labeling is a big key to organizing. Now I not only have a place for everything and everything in its place, I actually know where those places are! You can go bananas with how you label things – I happened to have a pack of these tags and a roll of black raffia on hand, so I made do. Not the cutesy-est, but it works for me. Another thing to remember is that when something’s placement is NOT working for you, to move stuff around and figure it out.

CONTAINERS: Because I have a lot of drafting and art supplies, I’ve been experimenting with what works since grad school. I will never get tired of metal paint buckets for keeping things organized. They go with all kinds of decor, they have handy dandy handles, they hide a multitude of sins and most importantly, they are dirt cheap and readily available at any hardware store in a variety of sizes. Check around your own house for containers that might come in handy. Maybe it’s a closet organizer you aren’t really using in the closet (my printer sits under my desk on a former shoe rack shelf, and there’s room for reams of paper and toner underneath). I used some Liberty of London gift boxes from Target to corral all of my cosmetics and medicine, I found the wire shelves in my attic (leftover from grad school), etc.

All systems are go! Oh, if you want to help me out of my wallpaper decision paralysis, check out what I’ve narrowed it down to below the break and please give me your two cents.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!


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  1. visualingual says:

    August 18th, 2010 at 7:26 am (#)

    Your office looks pretty awesome! Personally, I really like the two black and white wallpaper options. To me, the green one, though pretty, seems a bit chaotic and distracting for an office. But, maybe you’d find it energizing?

  2. Debbie says:

    August 18th, 2010 at 7:26 am (#)

    Greatly needed inspiration to organize my office. Thank you!

  3. Emily says:

    August 18th, 2010 at 9:12 am (#)

    Wow, nice progress! I’m impressed.

    Personally, I don’t really get how people hide all of their cords and live like that. I know they look bad, but then the “cord hiding” options I’ve seen are a) pricey b) super elaborate and c) make UNPLUGGING anything (like a laptop) like trying to steal from the Queen’s jewels. I’ve also seen new power strips that have two “always on” outlets, which would be great for my alarm clock and lamp – but they are FIFTY dollars. Craziness.

    I feel like the green (Ferm Living?) paper is interesting but too much in big doses. Everything else is sort of streamlined – the spare white/gray/black one seems like the closest match to everything else.

  4. Becky says:

    August 18th, 2010 at 9:20 am (#)

    Hey girls, thanks for weighing in. I should add that the entire room is covered in windows – it’ a bit of a sunporch, with plantation blinds, and has a wood beaded cathedral ceiling, so the print needs to be small. I was leaning towards the Pods one – but it does make strong vertical lines. I cannot seem to commit!

    I’m with you guys, I’m over the green. I think it would be fun in a tiny powder room or something, but not in my office.

  5. Megan says:

    August 25th, 2010 at 5:48 pm (#)

    I think the first black and white wallpaper with the vertical lines is my choice. I love the vertical lines and the simple organic foliage. The green is a nice colorful touch but I agree with you – powder room material… how about using it to line the drawers, back the closets, or cover some important books? Have fun!

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