In fact, the Spring Cleaning Challenge and the Organizing My Entire Home series are colliding today! And thank goodness, because I NEEDED the push to get my office in order!
My life has been insanely busy the past few months. Moving in the middle of it all the chaos put me in a tailspin. Add tax season to the mix and I almost went under. But, the boxes are unpacked and our house is slowly coming together. In fact, the last major room to be completed was my office. And as of last night, it’s FINISHED!
I already feel more productive when I work!
Since my office is hub-central for i Dream of Clean, Spring Cleaning 365, Paleo OAMM, and all things related to my family, I wanted it to be clean and organized. I also wanted it to have a little female flair since I’m the only girl living in this house full of boys!
Any and everything that didn’t have a home found it’s way into my office. It was cluttered, unorganized, and I didn’t know how to start.
Want proof? Here’s the first ever panoramic picture I took with my phone.
I needed help in a big way so I decided to call in a professional…
Brenna from One Organized Girl is the bomb! I’ve sung her praises before and I seriously think everyone should have a Brenna (if not THE Brenna) in their lives. At the very least everyone should connect with her on Facebook to learn the tricks of the trade.
Back to what I was saying…
Brenna came over and got things started. She had all my junk grouped by category in less than thirty minutes. And she didn’t make me get rid of any of it…even the dresser full of old photographs (but more on that later). Then she asked a few questions to figure out how I worked and what I needed to feel productive.
Before I knew it, all of my stuff was put in bins or boxes on the shelf with a label stuck to it.
My homework was to replace the stuck on masking tape label with a pretty one.
I grabbed a book of designer paper, an old pair of scrapbook paper and cut out labels. Lacking an idea for something more creative, I just used a black sharpie to write the contents on the label and used a good ol’ binder clip to attach them. Seemed “office-y” to me!
I also hung a curtain rod, cut a single curtain panel (that I found on clearance) in half and installed it…all with two busy boys trying to “help” me use the drill. I guess I can be pretty handy when I want to be!
DIY Dresser Makeover
The next step was a big one. For me at least!
Right before we moved I was driving down the road on trash day and saw a dresser on the side of the road. I have never, ever, EVER done this before and I was scared to death. But, I circled the road a few times until I got up the nerve to pull up to the house. I opened the back of our SUV and put it in. My oldest was SO INTRIGUED asking a bazillion questions. I just ignored them all and worked as fast as I could. They were throwing it away right? They didn’t want it anymore and I knew that but my heart was still beating out of my chest!
It was nerve-racking but I’m so glad I picked up that ugly yellow and brown painted dresser with two missing drawers and no knobs.
On the first spring like day a few weeks ago I stripped the paint.
Here’s what I did:
- I sprayed Citri-Strip Paint and Varnish Remover and let it sit for 15 minutes. I scraped it with a putty knife and the paint just glided off. Seriously, I don’t think it could get any easier. If you’re ever looking for a way to remove old paint from furniture, use that varnish remover!!
- Then I primed the entire dresser with some leftover white paint. I actually planned on keeping it white but after I got it in the office I didn’t like it. BUT…
- I was walking through the home improvement store and saw a $5 gallon of teal/blue paint in the remnant section. I kind of have a thing for teal so I snatched it up!
- Since the dresser was already in my office, I just put some paper/cardboard under the dresser to protect the carpet and rolled it on with a small sponge roller from the dollar store.
- I added new knobs and filled in the missing drawer spots with paper covered cardboard until I can find something better.
Viola! I LOVE IT!
I’m also diggin’ the lamp I found on clearance and the patterned framed paper I picked up this weekend.
Organizing the office desk.
Next up was the desk. Oh, the desk. It was stacked with papers and as non-inspiring as could possibly be. Brenna helped me determine three major categories of paper that I needed to organize and advised that I get it off my desk and on the wall.
Let me tell you, this one tip has helped me feel more organized than almost anything. I am a huge fan of the wall file!
Since we’re talking about paper and files, I can’t leave out my absolute favorite paper organizing product in the entire world (I’m such a huge fan that I asked how to be an affiliate for it) …the FreedomFiler. It really is the easiest way I’ve found to keep business, personal, or random paperwork organized. You can read more about how I organized paperwork here.
When I was still uncertain about how the dresser was going to turn out, I ordered this wall decal to apply to the exterior. Since I loved the teal paint so much, I decided it didn’t need it. The wall above my desk, however, needed something fun! For the first time ever I applied stickers to my wall. These things are amazing! They can be rearranged easily and removed multiple times. Plus, they add a ton of pizazz with hardly any effort. I’m going to try to restrain myself from ordering decals for the entire house!
There’s still a ton of things to tell you about but I think that’s enough for now. With the exception of a new paint application, the office is officially complete. Woohoo!
What do you think? Do you have any decorating advice? Would you add or remove anything? Does a major office organization count as spring cleaning? I did dust, clean the windows, and vacuum the floors!