Hello! My name is Connie and I am visiting today from Salvage Savvy, my little bloggy-blog where I share ideas for making all things thrifty look fabulous! [And yes, this is exactly how I look while writing my blog everyday… except I’m often not wearing any make-up and my hair is in a ponytail. And I’m in yoga pants with an old t-shirt. And I sit inside… with my kids all around me asking questions. OK, nevermind… I look nothing like this IRL, haha!]
Office Command Center
March 12, 2012 by 2 Comments
I’m excited to show you Connie’s Office command center for a couple of reasons. I love her bold decorating style. Remember, some of us need great style to motivate organization. I also love the curtain! Move it and everything is instantly visible for us visual types. Close it, and the rest of the world doesn’t have to see it all. Make sure and check out all of the great posts in this series!
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I’m thrilled to write a guest post for Kendra’s “Organization for the Insane” series [ ‘cuz it’s perfectly named for me :)] You see, through the years I’ve discovered something about myself: while I LOVE getting organized… I’m not so great at staying organized. Therefore, I’ve had to get creative and find ways to design storage that’s both functional [for when I use it], and hidden [for when I don’t!]. Here’s a great little trick that I use in my home office:
This is what I call the “Office Command Center.” I have shelves for books and magazines and I’ve even found a little spot to keep the printer [they’re so bulky, I didn’t want to take-up desk space if I didn’t have to]. I also placed several baskets on the shelves to hold miscellaneous items [also known as junk!] that always make their way into the office. Now they have a non-obvious holding spot until I can find a permanent home for them!
This area is one of my favorite spots in the office because it’s just so darn handy! I made bulletin and chalk boards to keep track of daily reminders and notes. I also made the desk from a hollow core door and two old file cabinets. It was easy, inexpensive, and a completely custom to fit for my space. Lastly, I put rollers on an old wooden chest and added a cushion. Now I have more [hidden] storage and a seat all at once! Finally, my Office Command Center was complete…
So I completely covered it up!! Crazy right?! [Nope… just crazy-smart!]
You see, our home office is right off the front door so I didn’t want it to look too “office-y” [yea, I’m often complicated like that]. The curtain is exactly 21″ from the back wall and acts like a soft wall for the room. All it took was a ceiling mounted track system and two white bed sheets [and a couple hours of ironing them, which was super fun…].
The bookshelves are still completely accessible, but also completely hidden!
This is actually how the room looks most of the time since the Command Center desk is used daily. I really like this look too, honestly. However, it’s always nice to know that if [by some chance] not every single paper gets filed away properly [yes, it happens quite often!], I can always whisk my curtain closed and no one has to know but me 🙂
I hope that you have found at least one or two helpful ideas for getting your space organized. If you would like to find out more about my DIY project-filled Office Transformation, please visit me and check it out!! And thanks so much for letting me contribute to this awesome series, Kendra. I’m a total organziation junkie so I can’t wait to read everyone’s ideas!
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Connie blogs about making thrifty things look fabulous over at Salvage Savvy. You can get to know her better here. You can follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.
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