How I transformed my hot mess office & craft room into an organized office & craft room.
We’re back for week 2 of the Unclutter 2017 challenge! Are you ready? I was busy in my office/craft room this week and I am so pleased to say that at the end of a week I do have an organized office and craft room.
But before we get into the nitty-gritty, just a reminder that I’m hanging with my gal pals from No Place Like Home again this week to bring you 6 times the unclutter ideas.
So…I’m pulling back the curtains this week…literally. This past fall I redid my office as a part of the One Room Challenge, which included this spiffy curtain for the counter.
Not only does this curtain still make my heart skip a beat, but …it conceals a dirty little secret… (queue the soundtrack from Psycho, when the shower curtain is pulled back).
It’s been the dumping ground for everything I couldn’t find a better spot for…A BIG ‘No No’ for an organized home and it had to go. My grand plan was to get rid of as much as I could and transfer the rest to the cabinet I brought in when I redid my office this fall.This cabinet came with only 1 shelf, which left a good deal of wasted space.
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So I kindly asked my hubby to cut two more shelves from some spare plywood we had in the garage. I spray painted them gold to hide all the paint smudges that were on them, drilled a few small holes into the side of the chest, added some shelf support pins and voila…I made space for all my sheets of cardstock and paper.
But, because I’m all about functional aesthetics (do the job but look good doing it), some washi tape on the edges of the plywood made them look more finished.
I picked up the small metal mesh boxes on the top shelf at Walmart and the larger ones on the bottom shelf at Michaels.
Labels and label holders finished the boxes perfectly.
And with all my craft stuff moved from under my counter to my cabinet, I vigorously decluttered the rest of the stuff under my cabinet. I sent 50 pounds of books to the public library and gave oodles of gift bags to Goodwill.
And now this uncluttered space will hold my photography backdrops (which heretofore were stacked in a corner, against my beautifully stenciled wall) and my photography gear (which heretofore was just piled wherever I could find space in the room as there was no other place to put it).
I’m just tickled that the supports for the counter create the perfect storage solution for my flat backdrops!
Do you need a little reminder of what it looked like before? I do, just so I can sit back and be amazed by myself.
And then…there was this closet…UGH. I truly couldn’t even fully shut the door (embarrassed face)
Once again, I needed to get rid of a good amount of stuff and better organize what I kept.
When one undertakes one of these ‘let’s all declutter together’ things, you really expose some things that you may have preferred to keep under wraps.
But…I’m all about transparency here, so it’s in that spirit of transparency that I am showing you my embarrassing stash of mailing envelopes.
So, I feel like I need to justify this hoarder-ish pile of mailing envelopes. I hate to pay for something that I don’t really need to, so I started stashing mailing envelopes in case I needed to mail something.
And I kept stashing and kept stashing and kept stashing, (74 times to be exact) until my stash kind of made me a hoarder. It was clearly time to get rid of my stash.
The good news is that I was able to donate all these mailing envelopes on Freecycle (check out all these suggestions for places to take your clutter). I imagine folks who ship stuff for eBay would love them.
And shockingly, when all those mailing envelopes were removed from my closet, I actually had room to spare! (shock face!)
So there we have it, my friends, it was a busy but productive couple of days in my office and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Even though all the organization takes place behind closed doors/under curtained counters, I swear the room just feels lighter when I walk in it.
Plus, now I know what I have in there as I’ve touched just about everything over the week.
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