What I would give for a dedicated office space with a sleek, open airy bright look…
But I do enjoy having my office in the living room for convenience’s sake! As a blogger who is always checking email or a recipe online, having my office in the thick of our living space is very nice.
When we arranged our furniture, we tried to hide the office so it’s tucked away and not visible when people walk in the door
Matt has a desk (our former kitchen table) down in the basement, but he also has a laptop so he works all over
My desk was $80 at IKEA. I love it because of all the hook-ons to hold the computer and cords!!
Note the cord holder in the back
I’ve done the best I can to tame the wild cords
But it’s hidden away!
Our remote sits in the nice little computer groove next to the couch
The shelves were a gift from JC Penny through a promo with BlogHer in 2008. They are perfect for me because I have both hidden and visible space.
On the top, I have things that I use daily
A cute holder just for my phone
Matching camera storage (I think I got these metal containers at Target a long time ago)
And another Pottery Barn organizer (this used to be at my office when I worked in PR so now we have 2)
It holds things I need to tuck away for a few days and use within the week, mailing supplies like stamps and pens
On top of my shelves I have one more catch-all basket for loose things that I need to access daily
On the bottom half, I hide uglier things
Including an office supplies basket, coupons, binders were I tear out Better Homes & Gardens ideas I love and recipes, plus my RD binder to hold all of my credential paperwork.
The office supplies are just this and that –
And that concludes all of the stuff that I reference daily.
Downstairs in the basement, we have our filing cabinet and printer. If we didn’t have a basement, these would have to go next to my computer (as they did in Charlotte). But since we had the ability to tuck them away out of sight of guests, they’re downstairs with Matt’s computer.
Also when we moved we considered getting a wireless printer/scanner/copier (they are only $50!) so we could both print, but actually, since our current wired version works just fine, I just email things to Matt to print. It’s not ideal, but it works.
Our filing cabinet was a bit of a mess when we moved, so I went through and removed/shredded anything that was simply unnecessary. I also scanned a bunch of stuff into my computer, which is also backed up through an automated back up service called Carbonite.
The filing cabinet has lots of tabs – the more tabs you have the better so you don’t have to hunt for things. Instead of “Tax Documents” create “Taxes 2008,” “Taxes 2009,” “Taxes 2010” so you can easily find what you’re looking for. We’ve also gone to paperless bills for all of our basic statements, which helps a ton! Hopefully soon the whole world will be paperless.
The last bit of paperflow I already talked about was our inbox/outbox
I normally sort mail and recycle the junk immediately and remove important things form their envelopes and recycle those and put just the bare minimum of things that need to be sorted in these slots. We each have a slot (front + back and left + right)
I get left for being a lefty!!
That wraps up the office!
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Upcoming posts include: Dish Storage (a challenge for this blogger!) and Budget organization (which is going to be hard since I need to find a way to account for privacy while demonstrating!) and Computer + Blogging organization! As well as a Furniture Guide, Cleaning Info and Systems in Action.
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I am no expert in cleaning! Especially GREEN cleaning. If you guys have good tips and products (homemade or not) that work for you, please email them to me with the email subject: CLEANING! to Katheats @ Gmail Dot Com. Include a hyperlinked blog address if you have one!
I can’t promise I will include them all, but I’m hoping to create a great collection of tips.
Happy Organization to you!