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Monday, March 17, 2014

Organizing: The Office

Last week I shared how I quickly & easily added labels to our dresser.  I also mentioned that I finally finished organizing our office.  Since we are still trying to finish up some projects for our mini kitchen makeover, I wanted to share a little organizational content in the meantime!

When we finished converting our dining room to our home office last year, it looked something like this:

What you couldn't see was the mess hidden in the drawers and all the paperwork
& office supplies that had slowly been spreading all over the place.  Exhibit A:
We had notepads/paper stored in a kitchen drawer, pens/pencils in our 'junk' drawer, not to mention the disaster of receipts, mail, & paperwork that was splayed all over our countertops & on our office floor.  And of course, don't forget the hidden mess in the dresser & desk drawers.
Needless to say, it Stressed Me Out.

With both our desk & dresser, we have ample storage in our office - so that wasn't the issue.  The problem was I just needed to take a day or two & organize everything.  Simple as that.

I kept trying to get everything organized last year, but the mess just kept building & building.  We were traveling a lot for work last year & it was super hard for me to actually complete anything.  Since we haven't been traveling for work this year, I've finally been able to finish some projects!

To begin organizing our office, I dumped everything (meaning everything from the collage above) right onto the living room carpet.  Then I sorted everything into groups so I could asses everything we had first - sort of like this:

The piles helped me determine which drawers would work best for each group, based on the amount & size of the items.  Here's how it worked out:

Here's what the drawers look like in more detail - starting with the desk...

In the top left drawer I stored all of our small office supplies.
I bought the organizers from Wal-Mart a couple of years ago:

All of our writing utensils are kept in the second drawer.
I need to work on this drawer a little more, but for now I'm using an old check book box
& a random container to organize anything that doesn't have an original box:

 Hanging files are stored in the remaining 3 large drawers (more on that in a future post):

We also have 4 large IKEA KASSETT boxes which we use to store previous tax records & any other files or documents that we need to hold on to for a few more years.
Currently, we are only actually utilizing 2 of the 4 boxes - but it's always good to have extra storage:

Moving on to the dresser...

All of our larger office supplies are in the top left drawer:

In the middle drawer we have all of the extra page protectors & dividers:

In the bottom drawer I stored all our extra binders & folders:

I decided to store all of our mailing/postage items in the top left drawer:

All our extra paper & notepads are in the middle drawer (again, using an old check box to store post its):

Our stationary & greeting cards are stored in the bottom drawer
(I also created a binder to organize all our greeting cards - future post on that):

Behind the dresser doors, we have 3 more drawers:

In the top drawer we've got all of our printing paper:

Next, all our extra manila folders, hanging file folders, & tabs:

The bottom drawer houses our printer.  Eventually, we are going to buy a new wireless printer to go here:

On top of the dresser we keep an organizer I picked up from TJ Maxx.
This is our catch all "To Do" spot.  Any mail that needs to be opened,
paperwork that need to be filed, & receipts that need to be organized stop here first:

All of our washi/paper tape is stored in a bowl: 

We're going to live with this set-up for awhile & see if anything needs to be tweaked.  I'm also almost done organizing all of our files/paperwork & will share that as soon as I finish...

Have a good week everyone!



  1. I love this! Very well organized and looks just fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  2. I love your office and the way you've used so many drawers so well. It makes me realise that we need more drawers in our home office - one is not enough! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you Fiona! For sure - the drawers have seriously made all the difference for us! I don't have to search all over the house to finds things anymore. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Would you mind sharing where you got that white dresser? I love it!

  4. Never mind - just saw your other post about the thrift store makeover! Awesome (though I'm jealous - which I could find something similar!)

  5. This is such a pretty office! I would certainly want to work here, if I had the chance! You seem to have a lot of stuff going on, which means you have to sort out everything, as it'll be hard to keep up with all of that. Being organized maximizes the use of your desk and dresser. You'd have less idle things on your desk, making for a clearer workspace. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    Doyle Townsend @ Urban Fitout