How to Organize the Home Office

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Well, so far we’ve kicked off the new year at Blissfully Ever After with a look into my Top 10 Projects from 2012, we had a giveaway from iDream Mattress, I introduced to you a new blog series + linky party that starts tomorrow, and today I want to share with you my first project of 2013! Here are my on how to organize the home office.
If you’ve been following along with me over the past year, you saw that changing my dining room into a home office was part of 2012 home goals. We desperately needed to make this change for two reasons. First, we felt it was unnecessary to have two dining tables back to back {the other is in our kitchen nook area}. Second, we wanted to transition the extra bedroom from the current office to the playroom, so we needed a place to move the office to. Hence this is where the formal dining room came in.
Here is what this space looked like BEFORE……
At this point we had installed wainscoting {DIY of course}, I made custom burlap and fabric curtain panels and we painted the entryway, living room and dining room Nomadic Desert to create a neutral backdrop on the walls and to brighten up the space.
Here’s a look into the living room {which is now our family room} from the previous dining room. I know this is kind of confusing…so go read this post here to see what changes we are making from room to room.
So after selling 3 entire rooms FULL of furniture and starting over {and this time building, up-cycling, and/or re-purposing everything} we have almost finished creating our new family room, dining room, and home office.
This is what the current dining room turned home office looks like…..
I love my new space!
It’s not complete yet…I still have to finish decorating {that’s a whole other post to share} but for now this space is clean, organized, and functional.
My hubby made me custom DIY Restoration Hardware inspired shelves {tutorial coming soon} that extend the full length of the back wall and make the perfect place to store all of our office supplies, craft and sewing supplies, and home/business files.
The white storage boxes were purchased from IKEA and you can read about our trip and shopping experience HERE. The metal bins were purchased from Lowe’s.
I love my new idea/inspiration board and vintage mail slots. My hubby made me the organizational board {we can do a tutorial on this too} and the mail slots were found at TJMaxx. I printed numbers to add some vintage flair :]
I love how all of my craft, paint, sewing, and art supplies are organized now. I used to have them in so many difference places….the kitchen drawers, the former office, the garage, the shed, and now everything is in one place and easily accessible.
Using some magazine holders we purchased from IKEA, I organized all of our mail related office supplies. This is where I’ve gather manila envelopes, labels, sheet protectors, file folders, and white envelopes that I use routinely for our business. I love having everything in once place.

 

 

This is probably one of my most favorite parts about the new space. I spent a lot of time getting my binders set up….FINALLY! I’ve been wanting to do this more the past few years but just told myself I didn’t have time. Well, I MADE THE TIME and put together a Budget Binder, Coupon Binder, and Home Manager Binder all of which I will be talking about in the coming weeks. Having these binders makes life so much easier and productive.
Another way I’ve organized our home office is by creating files that I call my “Go To Files.” These are files I use every day and that I need out and accessible. I will be talking more about this filing system in an upcoming post, so stay tuned!
And last but not definitely not least, I created a “mobile office” for my business. My sweet friend Jessica is an organizing Queen and she hooked me up with this Organizing Utility Tote that holds all of my essential business items that I need on the go. It is perfect for meetings and events. I will also be talking more about this in the coming weeks.
So, there you have it! A look into our dining room turned home office and how to organize your home office. Like I mentioned above, make sure you keep checking back to see how I organized my coupon, budget, and home manager binders, my filing systems, and my mobile business.
Don’t forget about our Winter Project Challenges and Linky Party that starts TOMORRORW! Join me and 9 blogging friends in a fun round up or organizing, creativity, and fun!
If you link up on just ONE of our blogs, your project will be seen on ALLNINE blogs! So make sure you get your posts ready to link up to the party tomorrow!
If you don’t have a blog, we would still LOVE for you to join in. Share a picture of your new organized space with me on my Facebook Page!

 

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Jennifer

Founder/Author at BlissfullyEverAfter
Jennifer is the founder and author of Blissfully Ever After, a lifestyle blog featuring the hottest and latest DIY projects, home decor trends, stylish crafts, easy recipes, budget living advice, and health tips. A former 9-5 corporate worker turned savvy Mom and Housewife shares her secrets of creating a blissful life {even on a budget}! Your one stop shop for all things crafty, life, and home!
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Comments

  1. says

    Love your office. Looks like it came right out of a Restoration Hardware catalog! I love all your filing boxes and organization for papers and stuff. I made a binder for all my purchases that come with a manual and warranty. I just staple the receipt to the manual, put them in a side opening plastic sleeve, than put it in the binder. Love how organized it is.

  2. says

    Love your office. Looks like it came right out of a Restoration Hardware catalog! I love all your filing boxes and organization for papers and stuff. I made a binder for all my purchases that come with a manual and warranty. I just staple the receipt to the manual, put them in a side opening plastic sleeve, than put it in the binder. Love how organized it is.

  3. says

    Your new office is awesome! I Wish I had that much space to be able to organize a little better…or maybe I just need to get rid of more stuff ;-) Thanks for the ideas!

  4. says

    I adore your new space! What a perfect and super functional makeover! And I seriously love that light! Great job!!!!
    Jaime
    ps I am pinning to the Inspiration Gallery Pin board, thanks for linking up!!!

  5. says

    I love it. You turned a room into functional space. We did the same thing in our last home. Fantastic job!!

    I’m having a STRUT YOUR STUFF Social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and come show off your best projects. Or, just come link up your blog!!

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2013/01/strut-your-stuff-social-hop.html

    I’m also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/looking-for-pinners.html

  6. says

    Your new workspace is so organized and happy! Love how the shelves turned out, and I will have to keep my eye out for those wall baskets next time I am at Lowes, love love love them! Great job beautiful! I bet you smile every minute you are in your darling space!

    xo,
    Jen

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