I mentioned in my daunting list last weekend that I wanted to tackle the office closet makeover if I could. When I saw that Jenn at iheartorganizing was having a “Project Pretty” challenge to repurpose old/odd/outdated things from around the house to prettify (is that a word?) and organize things, I knew it was just the thing to get me started on this closet.
So here’s what I did. I started with this…
And ended with this…
I mean, at first, it was vaguely organized. At least a little bit. I had boxes going…that counts, right? Anyways, this closet holds:
the Fireman’s military clothes
important papers/cds/craft items
extra workout gear
I think there might be more, but at this point I’ve nodded off and I’m asleep on my keyboard;asdhfa;sdihfopawehf.
Woah, wait, what?
Back to the closet. I went through all the books and notebooks on the bottom shelf. I wanted something to hold everything more neatly, and flashed on magazine holders. BUT then I looked at how much they were, and my zero budget did NOT have room for at least $6/piece boxes. While contemplating
my bellybutton my dilemma, I remembered seeing a tutorial on A Bowl Full of Lemons about turning mailing boxes into magazine storage boxes. Presto. I grabbed some at the post office and cut them, then covered them with some heavy duty brown paper. Voila! Free streamlined storage!
One holds my random little notebooks, one holds a lot of the Fireman’s military and fire things, one holds all paper products, etc.
I grabbed some really excellent bookplate labels from my favorite line at Staples. Now it all totally matches. My inner OCD child is jumping for joy.
With all those books and notebooks moved out of the bottom shelf, I found there was more room to stand the books up. I found some super cheap (I’m talking $3 for them both) bookends and stood those suckers up.
Walmart has some really great document and CD boxes for not too much money. I’ve got two CD boxes that I use for our personal CD’s and for blank DVD’s for photography clients. Another box holds all electronics (including old phones, cords, etc.).
The top shelf holds document boxes with manuals, military, house, and health insurance/doctors papers.
A big problem I had was absolutely no storage for extra pens and pencils, markers, glue, stamps, etc. Enter tin cans, stage left. I modge podged those babies up (once with paint chips, another with scrap paper), an with another VOILA!, we have more free storage. When we were going through yet another closet, I found a cute pot to toss the stamps and stamp pads into, and this mercury glass cup (49 cents at Michaels!). Now its all corraled into one spot, and not taking up space in my little tiny desk.
There’s even space for our new fire safe! Thank goodness, because I was getting sick of running into it in the middle of the floor.
On the left, we have more storage. When I see all the stuff we have crammed into the closets here, in an apartment thats bigger than our old one, I wonder how we fit everything in the old place. But I digress. These boxes hold Christmas decorations, seasonal clothing, and extra linens (mostly sheets).
You’ll see that they also got some cute labels, also from the Martha Stewart line.
I feel like everything looks better with a label. But I bet that’s just my OCD talking.
Up above, we have all of our wrapping paper/ribbon/bows/etc.
I’ve also got a cute little snowman up there thats kind of living in a box because I have no other ideas on how to store him without breaking. He’s got a very puffy body and stick arms covered in twinkle lights. Does anyone have any ideas? I know it’s going to make me crazy having him barely covered all year, collecting dust. HELP!
And since I don’t want y’all to strain yourself scrolling up, here’s one more for the road:
So. Total cost for this awesome little makeover (I’m calling it that only to make myself feel cooler)…
Magazine storage boxes: FREE
For a grand total of…$9. Aw yeah. I’ve threatened the Fireman with bodily harm if he wrecks it.
And in the interest of keeping it real, this is what the other side of the room looked like after…
Yep, that’s me. Always one step ahead of classy.
What do y’all do for storage? Any tips? Tricks? Messy office floors? Come on people, help a sister out!
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