Today’s post I’ve wanted to share for ages – my office reno! Organising my office had been on my To-Do list for ages. Before my re-design, it just never stayed in shape at all and I knew a complete overhaul was needed to scale it right back and start again.
I started bits and pieces of it, but never got the time to get it all done. Finally, about two weeks ago it all fell into place at long last. No joke, I’d say it was the guts of eighteen months from the time I started thinking about overhauling it to getting it done. I’ve been a little busy!
I’m delighted with it now though. Before I used it sometimes, but most of the time I worked at the dining room table. Now, I love it, find it inspiring and it’s always tidy. Win win win!
Here is a particularly old “before photo” – taken on a particularly bad day. Ok, a really really bad day!
At the time, there were three functions in this room – my office, mini laundry and mini attic. I’m in an apartment, so space dictates that part of the spare room is a make-shift attic. I also had my dirty/ clean laundry bins in here. They have since been moved out and that system is elsewhere now. So today, the room is mainly an office, with one wardrobe as “attic” storage.
The first thing I did was take down two shelves. The items on them were too visual for me now. I wanted clean, white, clear space. However, there had been systems on these shelves and by taking them down, I now removed the office organisation systems that were there. It’s taken me quite a while to find an alternative.
Next, I needed to paint the room so I got someone in to look after that.
Once that was complete, I wanted to look at the direction of the furniture. My desk and filing cabinet are the main pieces of furniture and so I couldn’t do anything else in the room until I’d figured how I wanted these to look. I’ve turned the desk around so that it’s now facing to the door. I can see out the window to my left, and it’s better feng shui to look into the room and see who enters the office. I love this direction. You can click here to see the sketch up design of the new layout.
As I was working on the office, I was also looking into the interiors of my space. I saw the rug in Dunnes Stores and I loved it, so that determined the remainder of the interiors that I chose. I removed the curtain and basically stripped the room back to the bare furniture.
There wasn’t much decluttering to be done in this room. I did get rid of larger items as I just needed space – physically and mentally. I don’t want a lot around me so items were donated. At Christmas I decluttered the paper in my filing cabinet. This was an easier job than expected but it did take time. That was the final piece of the puzzle. Getting that paperwork organised, meant that the system I had dismantled taking down the shelves now had a new home and the system was back together again.
I’m going to add up more prints on the wall – just one or two, and there are a few items in the office press that still need to go, but they’re only minor jobs.
I really love this space now. I can breathe in it – mentally. It’s easy to tidy each evening, which means my ‘end-of-work-day’ routine has improved, and by extension my ‘start-of-work-day’ routine is more productive. Items from other rooms aren’t ending up getting dumped in here anymore and it just ticks all boxes from an organisation, productive and style point of view! Here’s how it looks now!
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