So I mentioned that I'm taking things slowly when it comes to cleaning out, organizing and decorating our office, right?! I got a little more done this weekend. Really, we're focusing on the cleaning out stage now, because well, the floor was covered in supplies and other stuff, the closet was jammed full of...well, you'll see...and the room is just not very functional in its present state (probably why I do most of my stuff at the kitchen table instead, oops).
I think first I need to get rid of alot of junk in here, while figuring out what I need to keep, then sort of put it away and lay out the room, then worry about making sure everything looks "pretty" (the mason jars are a good start, but I'm going to need a lot more boxes and jars and shelves and containers). Know what I mean? Baby steps.
This weekend (and ok, a little bit of last weekend - see, I work slow) we tackled the closet. Uhm, this is what it looked like before (drops head in shame, wondering if I should even show you):
Yuck! (Please tell me you have a closet that looks something like this in your house!!) Not very functional, more just like a dumping ground. And yes, I need all those empty boxes and bubble wrap...for shipping.
After a little work and some purging, it looked like this:
Yay! Much better. I mean, its not going to win any awards, but for now it does the trick. Look, I freed up the whole top shelf! Still managed to fit all the boxes I need. And moved those 2 ugly black filing cabinets (taken from work when we were moving offices) from in the room to in the closet (this means way more floor space in the actual room). We tried to fit the 2 cabinets next to each other, but they were too big and only one cabinet's set of drawers cleared the doorway and could open.
Now that I had that upper shelf free, I was able to move a bunch more of my stuff/supplies from a closet in another room back into the office where they belong:
So this after looks a bit less amazing because of all the chaos on the top shelf, but at least now everything belonging to the office is actually in the office. This is a big step for me:)
How do you guys go about organizing and getting lots of clutter to look good? Do you run out and buy tons of cute containers and then try to fit everything in there? Or do you lay out all the stuff you have that needs to be contained and then run out and buy storage for them? Is there some other strategy that I don't know about? This part seems very intimidating to me.
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