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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Bee’s Tips for Organizing

With the start of 2018 being pretty chilly, there hasn’t been much I’ve wanted to do besides hit the gym, dream of running outside and slowly work through parts of the house for a deep clean! From the pantry, to the freezer, to closets and the basement this year has started with a lot of organizing and purging and it is SO rewarding.  And as much as we are clean/organized people, and have places for everything – it’s amazing when you actually go through things how much crap we really hoard away!
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So if you are like me and have been purging or have been thinking about it, but just don’t know where to start – here are a few tips and pointers to help.

Start Small. If you’re just jumping in, and not one for cleaning or organizing, start small like tackling your refrigerator or freezer.  Cleaning out condiments especially can really work wonders especially once you start checking dates.

Pro Tip: Plan this around garbage day!

Downsize. If you have containers or organizers that are too big, downsize. For example we had a nice paper organize on our desk in the office – I thought it would be perfect. Well I only ended up piling more papers in each of the slots, never looking at them again. So I downsized, I got a simple 3-section mail holder to replace – much more streamlined plus it makes me be more selective with what I put in it.

Buy Tubs/Containers. If you’re working on a bigger space – like a closet, and are organizing clothes, keep sakes, crafts, gift wrap, all of the things – make a list of containers you need and go make the commitment.

Pro Tip: Label containers on the tops and sides for easy reading 

Make Pile’s.  The best way to get started with any project is creating 3-piles: Keep, Donate, Trash. Establishing these piles, will help you when it comes time to finalizing everything – what you still need space for, what you can throw away immediately, and what you can pass along to those in need.

Getting organized can be a bear, but it’s staying organized that is the real trick – so the key is to set yourself for staying organized, while you get organized. Labeling, color coding, and even just shifting were you keep things can help make a closet a little cleaner or the pantry fuller.

Happy organizing!

 

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Latest Obsessions 01.18

It’s a new year, but I’m still obsessing and plan to share all my latest obsessions every month with all you beautiful people – and I want to hear what you’re obsessing about too!  This months obsessions range from simple home improvements and upgrades to trying new things and fighting the post-holiday blues!
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Organizing. I love being organized in general, but I’ve been on a kick purging and organizing throughout the house. It’s been so great to clean out the pantry, fridge and freezer, we’ve even been tackling guest room closets and adding shelves, getting plastic bins, labeling and just throwing crap out – it’s been great.

H&M Pillow Covers. So before the holidays I stumbled upon pillow covers from H&M… can you say game changer? I excessively buy unneeded pillows, and have been wanting to find some ways to update our living room without buying all new. Moral of the story, the H&M pillow covers are affordable, come in a variety of styles and are perfect for a mini-room makeover without blowing a budget!

Home Chef. We received a gift to try out this home food delivery service for Christmas! We’ve had three meals so far, and the shear fact that we don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner and meals are portioned out perfectly has made for some easy, yet super flavorful meals this year. I’ll be sharing more about Home Chef in another post, soon!

The Crown. We finally started season 2, and it’s SO good. Obsessed with Princess Margaret, indifferent about the Queen (but love Claire Foy), don’t like Charles and love the mini history lessons! I’ll be sad for season 2 to end, and see Claire Foy and cast transform… but love the premise, fashion, style and drama of it all!

What keeps you busy during these colder months? Any other must-see Netflix and Chills we should be watching?

 

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