Let me preface this post by saying that I love to read and think it’s important to keep your most well-loved books at your fingertips. However, when your books start taking over your home, it might be time to give us a call!
Here’s a snap of how things looked beforehand:
With our wonderful clients, we sorted through all of the books, grouping those by the same authors together. We then went back through to see which they wanted to have on hand to read again, and which could be passed along to a new home.
When going through your own books once you’ve reached maximum capacity, there are really two basic solutions: buy more shelves or cull your collection. There are plenty of charities that take book donations, and you can also try your hand at selling volumes on Amazon or other websites. Keep in mind that many donation centers do not take textbooks, so these are better off being sold, given to someone else who will use them, or recycled.
Although it may seem simple, I’m in love with the end result of this project. The clients’ most-loved books are accessible, and they now have an empty shelf for room to add to their collection in the future. That’s what I call a #sweetspace!
I’ve been doing a bit of day-dreaming about our home office, and here’s what I came up with. Since Kate and I share the office, it will never be this white, pink and feminine in real life, but that’s what day-dreams are for, right?
1 // Bisley 8-Drawer Cabinet via The Container Store
2 // White Bisley File Cabinets via The Container Store
3 // Target Desk Chair
4 // Ikea Besta Burs Desk – a sleek classic line, plus drawers for additional storage!
5 // Gold Cherry Blossom Washi Tape via Paper Source
6 // Patch Tsugihagi Washi Tape via Paper Source
7 // Poppin White Scissors – we have these and I love them!
8 // Poppin Pink Jumbo Highlighters
9 // The Container Store Expanding Acrylic Drawer Organizer – perfect for those desk drawers.
10 // Tivoli Audio Albergo Clock Radio with Bluetooth – high quality speakers for pumping up the jams to increase productivity.
11 // Ikea Tjena Magazine Files – always love a pop of pink (the perfect mix of form and function).
12 // The Container Store Letter Sorter
13 // The Container Store Acrylic Tissue Box
14 // Emily Ley Simplified Planner in Greek Key
15 // The Container Store White File Folders
16 // The Container Store Pink Hanging File Folders
17 // The Container Store Pencil Cup – can you tell I have a thing for acrylic desk accessories?
18 // Poppin White Retractable Gel Luxe Pens – I’m particular about writing utensils, and these guys are the bomb dot com.
19 // Russell+Hazel Mini Binder in Gold – great for taking notes on multiple projects.
What about you? Do you have big plans (or dreams) for your home office?
office desk, after
I had the opportunity to work with a client to get her home office and library organized! A huge part of this was going through years worth of documents and papers to see what could be jettisoned and what needed to find a space in her filing cabinet. I love working with folks to set up filing systems that work for their lives. After all, the best organizational system is one that you will use and maintain!
office desk, before
This space serves a lot of purposes: home office, library, exercise space, and a pass through to the back patio. Going through the boxes of paperwork, files, and miscellany made a huge difference in making it a functional and pretty space. I absolutely adored the wall of shelving and had such a fun time organizing the books by category. There is also now plenty of storage for CDs, since the client loves music.
I think that this project really goes to show that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on organizational supplies to get a space to work well for you. We purchased additional boxes for CD storage (to match the ones she already had) and additional folders for the filing cabinet. That’s it!
What things have you done to make your home office or work space more organized?