It's been a long work in progress, but I can finally say my office is complete and CLEAN!
I started with the green dresser and emptied every single item from all the drawers. This is about the time when I panicked and realized I had made an absolute mess. It's a little stressful and discouraging when you're sitting on the floor surrounded by piles and piles of craft supplies and tools. I knew I had to forge on, but it certainly wasn't a fun task. I went through every item and either found a home for it or chucked it in the trash.
This drawer may not look too organized, but it holds all my spare mason jars and unfinished wood projects.
My favorite drawer is the one that holds a lot of my smaller cans of paint and craft supplies. Larger paint cans and stain are in a drawer in my MCM dresser.
I got in the bad habit of piling magazines, papers and miscellaneous decor on and around my desk. My biggest issue was dealing with all the incoming mail and school papers. I ended up moving our household files from the basement to a drawer in my desk and it has made a HUGE difference. Now I have no excuse for not dealing with papers as soon as they come into the house.
My favorite storage solution is using a Raskog cart for mobile craft storage. I bought a bunch of small containers (I like to use glass or clear plastic so you can see what's inside) to store smaller hooks, tags, knobs and embellishments that I use often. A small porcelain egg crate also works great for organizing small items.
I maximized storage on the other side of the room by turning an old IKEA Expedit bookcase on its side. I filled the cubbies with inexpensive cardboard magazine holders to organize scrapbook paper, stencils, numeral and alphabet stickers, tax and blog documents.vintage metal card catalogs that I found at Goodwill for $3.00 a piece. They work great for storing chalk paint and paint brushes.
As much as I love having my own office space I can't wait until the day comes when it gets turned into part of our kitchen. After all, that is the reason we built this little addition to begin with.
Let's take a look back at just how far this modern industrial farmhouse office has come!