Let's take a look at how much better the after is. Ahhh... I feel so much more creative and productive here!
First up, the desk itself. I bought the desk and the extra add-on for lots of storage and decor. I like to have my little treasures around me when I work. They make it feel more like home and less like an office. BUT, the desk also provides me with lots of storage.
There are three shelves and two closed drawers on both sides of my add-on. I'm able to store all of my office supplies in the drawers and all of my business and teacher receipts in little blue boxes on the shelf. I made the two middle shelves letter sized to hold in-process papers. I still have lots of room to grow in it too. In the desk itself, I have two large drawers on one side and a bunch of hidden shelves on the other. I'm using the left one closest to the printer for storing all of my 'teacher paper' and supplies. You can never have enough beautiful paper.
On the left of my desk is a low two-drawer chest to hold my lamp and printer with my ipod dock hidden behind the printer. Getting the printer off my desk gives me more room to work. The chest itself is all-new storage space that I didn't have before. The little drawer within a drawer is so clever too! It pulls out to give me access to my paperclips, post-it notes, etc. and still has storage underneath it too.
Finally, to the right is a new bookshelf with six shelves instead of five. This was a hard part for me, but I went through and really weeded out my old bookshelf. Most of my larger penguins went into storage (just can't get rid of them) and most of my books went to Goodwill. I know, I know. I love books too, but did I really need to keep all of them? Most of them I'll never read again and I am loving my Kindle anyway. I boxed up the children's picture books I'm saving for our kids and a few other favorite books to store in the garage, leaving only my favorites out on the shelves. There's still lots of room to grow on the new bookshelf too.
Other than recovering the chair and painting my filing cabinet, I didn't do much with my second desk. I did move the filing cabinet under the desk instead of having them side by side. This saves some floor space. As you can see, I also have two printers. One has "nice" ink for printing posters and things while the other has cheap ink for printing worksheets and things that are black and white. This is great for saving money on ink! In case you're wondering why I have two desks, I use the second one for cutting fabric and running my second sewing machine when I'm working on both of them at the same time. I really love the look of the glass top too.
Finally my office is all about work, but it also needed to feel inviting. I think I nailed it because I catch myself opening the door just to look in sometimes. Here are a few of my favorite accessories.
|Home Goods lamp- cheap!|
|Inspiring print from Marshall's|
I hope that gave you some inspiration to clean up the clutter and get organized in 2013. In case you missed it, here are my other office posts: