Sharing my plans for organizing my office, plus stylish and functional office storage solutions.
Yesterday I wrapped up a few client projects. Reluctantly, I turned my efforts to organizing the closet in my office.
It’s been lurking at me for the past few months, but I just haven’t made time to do something about the out-of-control product catalogues, fabric samples, magazines, project supplies, and everything else that has made its way in there.
Tackling it has always seemed like a daunting task, so I’ve been moving it to the bottom of my to-do list for some time now.
When we moved into our house 8 years ago, the room that is currently my office doubled as a spare bedroom. That arrangement worked well until I started my business in 2008, at which point I really needed the extra room for a proper desk, functioning work table and storage unit.
The bed was moved out to accommodate the new furniture. As a result, every time someone visits, my son gets booted out of his room.
What didn’t get removed from the office at that time was the collection of family photo albums and boxes of keepsakes (cards, notes, school stuff, etc.). I just didn’t need the extra closet room at that time. Now I’m finding that it’s bursting at the seams and supplies are making their way to other areas in the office. No longer does shutting the bi-fold doors remove the visual clutter!
One of the reasons I’ve been putting the closet project off is that I don’t have a proper spot in the house to move the non-business related stuff to. We are building a new closet in the basement, but until that renovation is complete, I don’t want to move anything down there.
What I’ve decided to do in the meantime is weed out anything from the office closet that no longer serves a purpose. Then I’ll organize the remainder in an efficient and visually appealing way.
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Office Storage Solutions
In my search for functional and beautiful office storage solutions, I came across several that fit the bill. Although I won’t know exactly what I need until I’ve purged and properly categorized everything in my office, I thought I’d share some of my findings.
Bright Ideas via See Jane Work
Vintage via See Jane Work
Bristol Collection via The Container Store
See Jane Work Collection via Office Depot
Room Essentials Storage via Target
Prant Box via Ikea
Martha Stewart Home Office via Staples
I’m not sure which of these possibilities will work the best for me (if any). I’ve set a deadline of one week to have this organization project wrapped up (if all goes well). Setting a goal will hold me accountable and stop me from starting anything else (remember the bright shiny object syndrome I was telling you about!). I have many projects on the go (some of which are under my control and others are left in the hands of the trades.) I would prefer to have them all wrapped up before summer hits.
Do you have any closets or areas in your home that are bursting at the seams? What helps you stay focused on projects from beginning to end?
[email protected] Motives says
Those are awesome inspirational ideas Shauna, I have seen Martha Stewart’s line at Staples and have been going a little crazy buying her stuff, ha….. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Shauna Oberg says
Thanks Mandy! I’m hoping to get everything sorted out today and then I need to buy some storage stuff. I have some of Martha’s new line and it’s beautiful.
I want to see the after! Great options!
Shauna Oberg says
You will see it- I promise!