"Office" is kindof a loose term at my house. There are office supplies in just about every room in the house - binders above the TV, art supplies in the kitchen, workbooks on the microwave, filing cabinets in my daughter's room, and a printer in my husband's work area. My main "office" and desk space is located in a corner of the living room, near the front door.
With the Christmas tree up, I was pushed to in front of the front door.
So that's where I've sat for the last month or so. Kinda cramped. The kids climbed over me to get to their books. I have boxes of office supplies for one of my many endevors piled behind my chair. There are Christmas decorations scattered throughout, trying to hide the desk. The paper piles, however, are doing a better job than the decorations.
Phase one: Declutter.
I use a four bin system: One for trash, one for sell, one for give away, and one for items to relocate. I use my Reisenthel Carrybag for relocating stuff.
The first round of decluttering went well, but I didn't get into the boxes behind the chairs. Still, it was nice to see the top of my desk!
And here's my office, all neat and tidy!
The Sterilite drawers were $25 from Big Lots. ALL of the office supplies from behind my chair fit in them!
I also employed my new Brother P-Touch D200 label maker to print labels for each drawer. If there was more than one kind of item, I just printed one label for each type. I could have printed all of the items on one label, but I liked this better. I can just read down the drawers and find what I need.
These bins are leftover from the old office on 3rd. Two of them fit perfectly inside each of the drawers.
This bin was $11.99 from Hobby Lobby. I used a 40% off coupon and got it for 7.20. I wanted something with a handle that could hold all of the supplies I need for setting up booths or tables at events. Nothing special, just sign up sheets, pens, and tape. I plan to add brochures, buttons, and other material later.
Here's a shot from above the kids' bookshelf! I have two clear letter sorters, one with work stuff and one with personal stuff. I also have my personal file box I got last season at Target. I like the red accents, and plan to use them throughout the living room.
I used color-cordinating folders in the clear letter sorter. These were pre-label maker, though I think I'll relabel them. I also have a clip of library books, a few bookmarks, and a card from my husband on display.
This little desk was a small vanity. The mirror arms were broken, and I got the piece plus a small bench and a small mirror for $5. I junked the bench and the mirror, and gained a perfectly sized laptop desk.
I found the chair at Community Blessings, a small thrift shop in Mandan. I believe it was a dining chair, just from the shape and the height. I love it. If I had a whole room for my office, I would use the colors on the chair as my color scheme.
I needed something to test out my gold label maker tape on.
There is only one small drawer in the vanity/desk, so I took inspiration from pinterest and labeled some empty altoid tins for some basic supplies. I also picked up a pack of pretty black pencils with Swarovski crystals on the ends at TJMaxx for $4.99.
One final look! Be sure and vote for me on http://askannamoseley.com/2012/12/organizing-revolution-prize-challenge-office/