What Would Sandy Suggest? Week 4


eally 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 Before
cluttered officeThe really dark blue walls, and heavy furniture made this small office, seem even smaller. All the little pictures made the walls seem too busy cluttered officeThere didn’t seem to be a system. Where did the papers go? cluttered office Without a system, there wasn’t specific places to put things, so things just kept getting piled. cluttered office This area behind the door became a catch all for supplies cluttered office There was hardly any place for her to actually work. cluttered office 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.
My Suggestions
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 office afterDon’t the desk look great? We made them long enough to go from wall to wall.. so there was plenty of space for working office afterThe 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. office afterI personally would have preferred clear containers, but she loved the look of these… and assured me she would know what was in them. lol office afterThis 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

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Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen, a celebrated writer in the home and garden niche, boasts over 12 years of hands-on experience. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Before joining our team in 2016, she worked as a landscape designer, combining her love for nature and design. Sandy's expertise shines through her articles, offering readers practical and aesthetically pleasing gardening tips. Off the clock, she enjoys hiking and nature photography, further nurturing her connection with the outdoors.

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