Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Time to Get Organized: The Home Office Edition

It's a new year and a great time to start de-cluttering and organizing your home. If you have a home office or craft room, I've rounded up examples of practical and stylish ways to get your cluttered work space under control. My home office is in my living room, so I've definitly had to get creative with storage that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I'm planning on sprucing up my little workspace soon and promise to share the before & afters when I'm done!

1. Add interest to simple furniture with decorative decals

2. Organize memos, paint chips, invitations, etc. neatly with small clips or clothespins

3. Cover a cork-board with felt and frame with decorative trim or ribbon

4. Hang your important papers from string and small pins - it looks like art!

5. Keep your favorite books and magazines within reach by mounting shallow picture frame shelving above your workspace

6. We could all use our own inspiration board to pin up photos, fabrics and things that make us happy, right?!

7. This is an office I designed a couple years back. The angled shelves are great for displaying books and holding rolled floor plans. To give your bookcase an update, paint the exposed wall behind the shelves an accent color

8. Recognize this office?! It belongs to Jeff Lewis from one of my favorite shows, Flipping Out. Wallpaper an awkward niche or small space and hang floating shelves for instant style

9. This is what I call messy-organized...what my workspace usually ends up looking like. The antlers hung above the photo collage help to visually frame the mass of photos, which keeps the area looking somewhat organized

10. Keep buttons, thread and other baubles & things neatly stored in glass jars

11. If you have the space for it, why not create a giant cork board wall?! I'd love something like this
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Do you have any plans to update / organize / declutter your workspace? If so, I'd love to possibly feature your make-over on belle maison this year! Keep me posted on your projects. 
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 IMAGE CREDITS: #1,2,3,4,5,10; #6,8,9; #7; #11

20 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Julie! I'd love a little ribbon roller on my desk - thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. oh dear...i need to do this. So unorganised!

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  3. Oops! Got an error message the first time...
    I love the felt corkboard because of the texture and sophisticated color palette. I don't really care for the color of natural cork.
    I also think it's a great idea to use the graphics on furniture, as in the first image. You could use this idea on a Craig's List find!

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  4. There are some really great ideas in this post! I unfortunatly don't have much uncoverd space in my room and I am a very organised person, so there isn't much to organize in here...

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  5. Thank you for some great ideas, especially since I am in full organizing mode this month. I am organizing my home office and redesigning my office at the store!

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  6. Really needed to read such a post, my home office needs a little help!

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  7. Oh I how I wished I had an office- such pretty inspiration here. And great organization ideas my dear!

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  8. I love the idea of covering a cork board with felt and framing it with ribbon or lace! That's so neat! Happy New Year!

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  9. I love all your ideas and have used so many of them. The office you designed is wonderful...love it!

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  10. Great workstation ideas! Thanks for sharing these.

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  11. I think my main goal for this year is to GET ORGANIZED! Thanks for all the tips. I know my office needs these in the worst way!
    xoxo
    Lila Ferraro

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  12. The timing of this post is incredible as I just finished making over my home office. It was my pre New Year's resolution :) You can see before and afters here:
    http://hazardousdesign.blogspot.com/2011/01/home-office-after.html

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  13. All are fabulous ideas. I love this time of year. I always reorganize and declutter. I like to start the year fresh and easy. I love your "messy organized" ! Great term!

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  14. love #8

    http://pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  15. You bet organizing my files and all- in a stylish way is on my list -o- things to do! :)

    http://temporary-nest.blogspot.com/2011/01/not-quite-resolution.html

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  16. You totally made my day! Saw the clock in #1, fell in love, hunted it down on the internet and bought it. THANKS!

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  17. Great ideas! I knew Jeff's office immediately as I am usually watching his surroundings more than what's going on during the show!

    http://www.amyvermillion.com/theblog

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  18. oh i love the turquoise!

    pickingwildflowersblog.blogspot.com

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  19. Yes definitely! Though I just got a temp desk today, I will keep you posted with the transformation :) xx

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  20. Very good ideas. Thanks!

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