What Would Sandy Suggest? Week 4
The Make over of Another office
I really am not the queen of office make overs.. lol But I do want to share another one that I helped a client with. I shared with you last week Jerry’s office. This is his wife kathy’s office. She has a small 10×10 office just off their family room.
The really dark blue walls, and heavy furniture made this small office, seem even smaller. All the little pictures made the walls seem too busy There didn’t seem to be a system. Where did the papers go? Without a system, there wasn’t specific places to put things, so things just kept getting piled. This area behind the door became a catch all for supplies There was hardly any place for her to actually work. There was yet another big piece of furniture in front of the window.
What the Client wanted
1) She wanted a system for her paper 2) She wanted storage that looked nice 3) She wanted (and I promised her) a place to wrap her gifts and do her son’s scrapbook for his graduation in 6 months.
1) Move out the heavy furniture. 2) Paint it a lighter color 3) Sort and declutter 3) Buy or have Jerry build two long desks/tables 4) Put shelves up on the walls above the desks 5) Move the bookshelf to the other wall
They took most all of my suggestions.
1) They wanted the walls to match the living room and so they used the teal and tan paint to match. 2) Kathy and I went shopping for storage containers. Kathy picked out the styles and looks that she wanted for her office. 3) The credenza went upstairs and we used it in Jerry’s office. 4) Jerry built two desks 5) We got shelves for above the desks (I would have liked several more) 6) We went through and decluttered 7) We got a magnetic strip and ribbon organizer for the wrapping station Don’t the desk look great? We made them long enough to go from wall to wall.. so there was plenty of space for working The basket hanging under the bulletin board was for incoming mail. There were 2 shelves hung and cute boxes and baskets that Kathy picked out were used for storage. We labeled them so she would know what was in them. I personally would have preferred clear containers, but she loved the look of these… and assured me she would know what was in them. lol This was the gift wrapping area and also where she could work on her son’s scrapbook. She wasn’t a full time scrapbooker, she just wanted to finish this project. Her supplies are in the “luggage styled” boxes on the shelf since she didn’t need them all the time. She did keep a couple of her very favorite things on the wall, but I was able to convince her that with all that she had up there before, none of it was really appreciated. We turned the bookshelf on the other wall. We went through and cleared out a lot of things that weren’t being used to make space for things in the office that she wanted to keep there. This was the space behind the door. We turned that shelf on the other wall. It then opened up space that we could put her wrapping paper bin behind the door. We also later made a hanger on the wall behind the door for her gift bags.
So once again. The Before
And the After
What do you think ? Look a little better? I think so. If you have an area of your home that you need help with, just leave a comment and I’ll try and feature you in coming weeks.