Before & After: Office Closet Organization

Are you ready for a swoon worthy before and after?! As I mentioned in my last latest obsessions post, I’ve been gearing up for another fun before and after and getting my office closet organized, as it was in a dire state.  This space is one of the most utilized closets in the house, besides our clothes closets. As it’s my go-to closet for craft supplies, scrapbooking essentials, seasonal decor and other office items – so it’s used a lot, and needed more shelving!
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The Issue. I would have to unload multiple containers to get the one I needed, it was a pain in the butt and NOT functional. We also had a filing cabinet that was conveniently stored, as it was a bit of an eye sore, but also took up a lot of space and left for awkward openings for the rest of the storage containers.

In general, there was just an overall lack of shelving — B had previously installed a white shelf at the top which helped immensely at the time, but just wasn’t enough.  I also had a few larger tubs that took up a lot of space and held a lot of things, with this being a smaller, crammed closet – these larger tubs didn’t help. Check out the before pictures…

The Solution. I needed more shelves! I knew I could add in a few shelves in the nook area to the left, but didn’t want to close off complete access to those. One solution was to add in long shelves the entire length all the way down, but felt that would still cause for some unpacking to access other things.

I needed the nook shelves to be accessible, while still having full storage across the entire space of the closet. I looked at a few different nicer storage and shelving units, but the sizes weren’t quite right or were too tall with the existing shelf already in place. So I opted for my trust cube storage, but looking for a larger 8-cube piece from Target and then some other white shelves from Lowe’s that would allow for customization and cutting. I got a 48″ white laminate shelf that I cut for my larger shelf, and a 23.8″ white laminate shelf that I cut in two for the nook area and utilized these shelf brackets to hold in place.

The final solution was also downsizing in a lot of the storage containers and also getting rid of that big, bulky filing cabinet – it had to go!

Final Organizing. The filing cabinet was easy to nix and opened up so much space — but I did still need some storage solutions that were function to hold on to some files. I found these fabric gray filing boxes and bought two of them to see how far that would get us in the consolidation process! They worked out perfect and were just what we needed, and they look great in the space.

I also moved some of the larger tubs that contained seasonal decor, down into our basement with the rest of my decorations so they’re all in one space. From there downsized my craft supplies into smaller boxes and containers and labeled them.  This has been much over due, and will be so helpful with crafting and putting away!
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This space was instantly transformed with this new storage which ultimately allowed me to customize for my needs, for this space. I spent about $125 on the new shelves, supplies and fabric boxes and I just love how it turned out! Eventually I’d love to get all matching storage containers and boxes — but I used old boxes and baskets that I had since the all matching wasn’t in the budget and I had a lot of containers that weren’t being fully utilized.

Questions? Thoughts? Leave a comment below!

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House Tour – Home Office

Our home office has been the latest room we’ve been putting the finishing touches on, it started preemptively this summer when we had a lot of visitors and needed to make this space more functional for overnight guests.  With two spare bedrooms and our office, there are times when all three of these rooms are occupied with guests! The old college (uncomfortable and brown) futon wasn’t cutting it anymore – we needed to get a more sleep friendly piece that also worked with the whole home office feel as well.
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Instead of adding a bed into our office – we opted for a pullout sofa that was functional in both ways and matured the space! We purchased the couch site unseen, it’s also super versatile not only with the pull out (queen bed) but with it’s switchable left or right extended ottoman, perfect if we ever need to rearrange the space! This of course led to needing a new rug with some flecks of color and a fun pattern.  Mainly I was trying to find a subtle way to bring PINK into the space, well any space in fact – but bringing in subtle tones of pink in the rug and accent pillows seemed more acceptable (with B) than painting the walls pink. *smiles*

Our office is the one space in our house for our sports memorabilia being a mix of Cleveland sports with some New York Yankees thrown in. I grew up watching them, and they’ll always have my heart. It’s also the perfect space for our race medals and photos, in addition to other accomplishments and fun keepsakes – like all the Cavs Championship bobbles we had to buy.
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My initial vision for this space was for it to first and foremost be a functional spare guest room, but also be a bit glam with a taste of sporty flare.  We had the initial framework with the bold accent wall, and pops of white with the floating shelves and desk – we just needed to finish the space with the functional and pops of pink! I know there will still be things we tweak and more sports memorabilia added, but for the most part it’s another room that is finally gotten a little more love and is functional for us.

House Hunters – Office Space

After two full weekends of house work, and keeping Lowe’s in business, the anticipation of moving into our house has been building… I just want to decorate and organize!!

Again, I blame pinterest for all of my design aspirations, including our future office. I want our office space to be chic and elegant but also sporty, we have some sports memorabilia that I’d like to be able to include in the same vein. So I feel like (once again) the contrast between dark navy blues with whites and greys is a good balance – but I know I can’t use this color pallet for every room… right? Another reason I love this color pallet so much is that it’s still sophisticated without being too girly, because frankly I would love to do something like this… But I wouldn’t do that to B. *smiles*

My inspiration:
MadeByGirl: Anya Kucheryavenko, small office defined by navy wall behind shelves, darling

Pulled from “Made By Girl” Blog via pinterest – Site linked to picture.

How to make this my own:


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In the next week or two, we should finally be moving into the house. All of the work we have been wanting to get done is nearly under wraps! Then the before and after pictures will start coming… so get ready!

Until next time…