2.15.2011

where I've been: a brief tour

My husband was gone last week--ALL WEEK LONG--so I spent my time organizing my office. Which, I must say, has long needed it.

This is what my office looked like at the beginning of the week. As you can see, it has become the dumping ground for everything. If I don't know what to do with something, I just say "put it on my desk!" and it all sort of piles up from there. My husband and I live in a 900 square foot apartment that's divided into four rooms: kitchen/living/dining area, bedroom, bathroom, and my office. As you can see, whatever doesn't fit into one of those spaces goes in the office, so I spent much time getting rid of STUFF so that everything could fit.

After: I've moved all the bins full of yarn and fabric to the garage, gotten rid of enough books to allow my whole collection of books (including cookbooks) and magazines on the shelves, moved a dresser into the space to serve as my camera storage space, and created a cozy reading spot at the end.
There's more I want to do, of course.
This is my new camera station. I have no idea how other people store their cameras, but mine get tucked into the camera bags. The dresser was formerly in the living room; it holds my spare tablecloths, gift wrap, and pet supplies. (Separate drawers, I promise.)

Top of the right hand bookshelf. Formerly full of random piles of books and games, now used for display of photos. (My cat is sad that I didn't keep it clear.) The painting is of my grandparents' house, and was done by my aunt. The two photos in the forefront are my current favorites.

Current periodicals reading pile. (Current BOOK reading pile is at least a foot tall.) I need a lamp for this table, or perhaps a floor lamp. I want to add more art to this wall, eventually.

Vintage pillows for comfy goodness. I have an old quilt over the chair because it's made out of a weird, catchy sort of fabric that picks up cat hair like nobody's business.

The cleared desk! I didn't take a before, but I switched the way it was arranged, so hopefully things will be more easily accessible for both me and my husband (he uses the printer). Yes, my file stack is still a bit disordered. I need to tackle that.

I love this basket: it has all the random glasses that I've acquired for photo shoots and such. I'm trying to create the habit of throwing my keys and glasses here when I walk in the door. Hopefully this will eliminate running around looking for both at 5 in the morning.

So that's my newly organized office. I'm still working on the rest of the apartment, but it's coming together slowly. I'll have to share pictures if I ever get that done.

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Love the glasses basket! I cannot strongly recommend that enough for keys--we have a key dish in our house, so even if *certain people* do not use it, as soon as I find any keys, they are thrown into the dish and people know where to look. It does save massive amounts of time.

I think your chair needs an ottoman or foot pouf for propping your feet up and cozily reading.

{lauryl} said...

Bliss! Your office looks charming and makes me uber-jealous. NINE HUNDRED SQUARE FEET? I know that's not much in the grand scheme of things, but since our house is only 600 sq. ft and much of that space is taken up by a random little tiny laundry room and a totally bizarre hallway and a useless bedroom closet... well, an extra 300 sq. ft sounds brilliant. I'd just about kill for a dedicated office... ;-)