Pinterest-ing Home Office Updates {Organization}

Pinterest= a healthy way to hoard ideas, challenges, solutions, aspirations and some things you eventually do. I pin more than I do but I finally did. (say that 5 times fast)

Pinterest-ing Home Office Update Inspiration

Source: I Heart Organizing via Brandy @ Home Sweet Here on Pinterest

What I did, was update some organization in our home office. It is a constantly evolving space and every little step I can make in the organizational direction is a huge win. HUGE. (If you want proof- take a look here and here, but be warned it’s not pretty)  Not so long ago I made a trip to the happiest place on earth Container Store and got a few things to control the chaos and it was a system that really worked. home office organizationThe only thing I was waiting for was to make my labels a bit more permanent. I pinned it, so I did it. Thanks to the amazing organizational mothership, I Heart Organizing, I discovered the art of making labels out of Wasabi Tape and that is exactly what I did.pinterest home  office organization update

I just covered the tabs in the tape (mine is from Target) and I used my label maker to print on clear labels. Pinned, did.

Moving on to storing all that paper tape I’ve been so obsessed with collecting, I also pinned a solution from I Heart Organizing and corralled it all in a very pretty glass container. Oops, I pinned it again, but I already had the perfect container so it cost me nothing and got this pretty thing out of the garage. Home Office Organization System

Why stop there? While I’m happy with my bucket of Sharpies and pens, I didn’t love it quite at as much as the little caddy I pinned AND seeing it made me remember that I had something very similar. It was my grandmother’s and I just loved it, but didn’t have a use for it (so you can guess where it was sitting #ineedtocleanoutthegarage) Office Organization Sharpie storage

I use one container for fine, one for extra fine and the last for Sharpie pens and some pencils. I have a Sharpie problem, but it really helps to have them all separate.

That’s it for organization, but later this week I’m going to show you a few other pretty little updates that I’ve made in the office. I know you’re on the edge of your seat :) Pinteresting Updates Office Organization

And there you have it- Pinteresting Office Updates! I really have no idea what we did before Pinterest. How could a girl organize her house, cook dinner or get through football, basketball and golf season on TV without Pinterest? I have no idea an I don’t want to find out :)

Want to see lots of other pinspiring projects? Please check out any/all of these blogs for the Dog Days of Winter Link Party- just be warned, you will pin! Love of Family & Home,  The Francis Family BlogHouse of RoseBlissfully Ever After,  Crafty, Scrappy, HappyDesign, Dining & DiapersOur Fifth HouseI Love You More Than Carrots and Liz Marie Blog.

Want more Office Organization ideas? Head over to I Heart Organizing! for another great link party. Oh the inspiration we will find :)

Pssst- Want to see some other pins I’ve tackled? Homemade Napkins, Gold TableMore Table Linens.


For the Love of Erin

Office supplies make me a happy girl. Make them pretty and that is my definition of bliss, so you can only imagine the happiness Erin Condren brings me.

I ordered one of her fantabulous Life Planners last year and it was a match made in organized heaven. While I loved it more than appropriate for a planner, there were some issues- like the fact that the tabs didn’t hold up for someone as rough on things as I am.But then something magically happened. The new ones came out with LAMINATED TABS so I splurged and ordered.

My new one came last week and it is even better than last year’s.  There are about a bajillion upgrades to this year’s edition and it just feels better. I may have also added her pens, notepads and a pen holder. Who can put a price tag on organized bliss? In all seriousness, I am very planner picky and even though this one is $50 which is a huge splurge for me, it is worth it for all you get out of it. I use mine to meal plan, keep up with bills to pay and really document our everyday lives. I think I’ll have one every year! Erin Condren for President!

Do you have The Life Planner? How do you use it to keep it all together? Do share!

Oops, I Lost my Desk Again

Let’s face it, organization is an art not a science and every little effort to organize doesn’t always work. There wouldn’t be shelves full of books and magazines, an internet full of blogs and advice or even the beloved Container Store if we all got it right on the first try.

I for one, am an excellent organizer, but maintaining is where I struggle. My closet is a prime example of this. It would be perfect IF I would just always hang up my clothes and put away my shoes, but I just can’t make myself do that (like the guy I live with who’s closet is perfect all.the.time. thankfully we don’t share that space #pleasedontdivoremeovermycloset) What this means is it doesn’t look like it did after the great purge but I’m still working on it.

The closet is my fault (or maybe my laziness’s fault) but sometimes no matter what you do, your system doesn’t work for you. Case in point- my desk. Remember how perfect it looked not so long ago? And we lived happily ever after.

Or maybe not.

In theory this was perfect- my filing system is great and really working and the little bucket full of sharpies was pretty much life altering BUT it’s the day to day stuff that got in the way. You have a file for that? Great, but where does it go when you don’t have time to file it right away? You got these bills in the mail today? Great, but that’s another thing I  can’t always take care of as soon as we get them.

Some of you are great at taking care of everything right away, but I just can’t do it. Too often the couch calling me for a nap is much louder than the files begging to be filled. Anyway, I’m going to call my previous desk re-org a big flop.

You don’t believe me? Here is where I started before…


and here is the after the after but before this after (did you follow that?)

Yikes! (bikes! what movie is that from? quick, somebody name it!)

Yep, it got WORSE than the before before so I had to do something, stat. I saved my Container Store birthday money so it was decided- I was uncovering the old desk (and in case you forgot) STAT.

I showed you my booty from that little shopping spree, but specifically this is what I got for the office. 

(forgive the funny lighting and please tell me you laughed at my booty joke!)

Thanks to the office sale, I took home an acrylic file folder bin and some pretty file folders to verify that there was in fact a desk still under the mess spruce up the place. And then I did it. (If you are curious how I sorted, etc just take a look at the last time I uncovered the desk– my purge/sort/organize method works great, it was the other part that killed it.)

Let’s skip right to the after, after: Tada! or you may be wondering what is different this time. Well, I’m so glad you asked. Let’s take a closer look at my new little friend…

There really is a place for everything. Each folder has a purpose and my trick is…

I’m not committing to a folder system just yet. I used post-its to help see what works. My labels are:

  • To pay (for new bills or hair pieces-ha)
  • To file (in my other filing system)
  • Reciepts (until the old budget can be balanced)
  • Coupons
  • Projects
  • and a blank!

So far these are working pretty well for me and just may become permanent, eventually. I’m seeing what works best for me and tweaking, like this switch… 

Interesting, right? I like it this way because I have all this space in the right side for things like my Erin Condren (love of my) Life Planner. 

Now for your questions (I’m reading your mind)

Is your desk spotless now? Um, no. Right this second there is a pile of mail and a new binder I’m working on beside me BUT in 2 seconds flat I could pick it back up. Not true with the old system.

Left of Right? On the fence? I left the files on the left for awhile and then switched them back a week or so ago. I’m leaning to the right because it hides my external hard drive beautifully.

Why does this work? Because I listened to my clutter. I’m only half joking, I had to take the time to figure out my problem areas and find a place for those and then (the key) tweak as I go.

What about you- are you a perfect every time organizer or have you had some major failures, too? What are your tricks to keep the things under control so they don’t look like my disaster?

And just so you don’t think I’m always a failure at organizing- check out my purse and jewelry solutions. I’m very happy to report those worked, first try. Sometimes I do get it right-Yay! 

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