I'm so excited to give you a tour of my organized home office! I tried to make it really functional and beautiful at the same time, with a mix of IKEA hacks, a few new pieces, and several items that I already owned. Come on in and take the grand tour!
It's here! It's here! Of all the room reveals I've been waiting to share in our entire house, this one is the one I've been most excited about: my organized home office! My goal for this room was for it to be really functional and beautiful at the same, and so far, I think that has been accomplished!
You can take the video tour below or keep scrolling to see all of the photos-- c'mon in!
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A Beautiful and Organized Home Office Tour
If you remember my office from our one year house tour, it was tidy, but it was in serious need of storage. All of my stuff was just kind of stacked up on random pieces of furniture until I was able to get a better system going.
This was the room that basically sold us our house. It is the bonus room above the garage, and it is fairly large, so I knew it would be perfect for all of the many functions I needed in an office space-- room to work, do projects, take photos and videos, store extra decor items and craft supplies, and I even work out in this room!
The best thing I did when I went to work on this space was to do a MAJOR declutter! There were tons of items that I had held onto that I thought I might use “someday,” that I finally let go of, throwing away things that were broken and donating or giving away items that were in good shape but that we just didn’t use anymore. Once I had decluttered, I could easily see what I had left to store and could make a systematic plan for the space.
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Here's what my office looks like now:
The back wall is definitely the focal wall in the space. I did an allover stencil on this wall, and wrote all about it in this post. I was a little nervous about it because I had never stenciled a wall before, but it actually ended up being more straightforward than I expected!
I knew I wanted storage that was fairly open on this wall so it could hold items I needed to store, but also act as a beautiful display piece. I looked into a bunch of different options, but ultimately ended up using IKEA’s BESTA system, which is a modular system.
Donnie then beefed it up a little bit by adding some trim to the top and bottom, which also helped take it from modern to a more traditional look to match the rest of the room. You can get all of the details of the BESTA project in this post.
I’ve always wanted to color code my books, so I was able to do that in a subtle way on the top part of this shelf. On the lower part, I used some wicker baskets to corral some different sets of items, like fabric and craft supplies.
I used an adhesive bookplate label on each of them, then used washi tape + a label from my label maker so I could easily see what was in each one. (My label maker can print in a fun cursive font, which makes them extra pretty!)
I moved some of my extra decor items out of the PAX storage unit that I shared a few weeks ago, and into here because they’re still being stored in an organized way, but looking pretty as well!
I also moved these clear lidded bins out of the PAX unit and put them here instead and added one more for my label maker. The labels on the front of the clear bins were made with my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine + adhesive vinyl. (You can see how to make pretty labels with a Silhouette in this post.)
One final thing I fit in this unit were all of my binders, which had been a huge mess previously! The binders hold things like printables that I use often, looseleaf paper, and notes and information for some of the webinars I do on a recurring basis. Some are empty, just waiting for the perfect project! 🙂
I added an inexpensive LACK shelf from IKEA above the unit, just as a place to have pretty display pieces.
The other end of this wall holds a little reading nook-- I was thrilled that we ended up having space for this cozy spot!
I searched far and wide for a side table that was tiny enough for this space, and I came across this simple stool, which ended up being perfect.
I found the pretty floral pillow on Etsy from this talented seller-- I fell in love with the gorgeous fabric, and the quality is top notch!
This storage unit ended up being the perfect piece to store all of my extra pillows! Throw pillows are kind of my weakness, so I usually have one set that’s out around the house, and then I’ll switch them out with these ones when I get a little bored and need a change.
(We were sure to anchor this unit to the wall at the top so it didn’t fall over or hurt anyone, especially because my boys will come in here and spend time with me sometimes!)
The bottom half of the unit holds some of my office supplies. I went back and forth several times about whether to put our printer inside some sort of storage unit somewhere or leave it out, and I ended up storing it on the bottom shelf of this unit.
That way it is still easily accessible and we can utilize the wifi function to print, but it is out of the way and isn’t an eyesore sticking out in the middle of the room. (Also: real life. We have cords. There aren't many options for hiding it with this unit, but I tucked it out of the way as best I could!)
One of the wicker baskets holds printer paper, and the other one holds labels and other specialty type paper that we print on from time to time. The two white boxes on the bottom shelf hold my scrapbook paper.
The smaller boxes hold extra ink in one and envelopes and stamps in the other. Finally, I have a few magazines that I like to keep around for inspiration in these holders. Again, I labeled everything with washi tape + labels on clear tape from my label maker to give it all a cohesive look.
This corner has a big white board that Donnie and I will use to brainstorm and plan out ideas. I found it at Hobby Lobby, and it was already framed and everything; we just hung it up! The table is actually an inexpensive INGO table from IKEA, which came unfinished, but I white washed it with some paint.
I wanted a big work surface for the office, both that I could use to sit at in front of the focal wall as a background, but also something that was light enough that I could move out of the way so I could still have a big, open space in the middle of the room if I needed to. I considered putting the table on casters, but it was so light and easy to move, that I didn’t even need to. It will spend some of its time in the middle of the room, and some of its time in the corner under the white board. (As will the chair!)
You’ve probably seen this nook in a bunch of my posts and videos! It was the first part of this room that we worked on, and I’m still loving it. I have a few IKEA photo ledges with pictures of my boys for decor in this part of the room.
My desk is sadly no longer available, but I get asked about it so often that I recently wrote a post that shared 15 cute (and affordable!) white writing desks, some of which are extremely similar to this one. (The chair can be found here.)
The desk drawers hold a bunch of office supplies so I can easily access them when I’m working.
And finally, I gave a full tour of my corner storage unit a few weeks ago...
It is made with the PAX system from IKEA, and we added some trim work to the top to give it more of a built-in look.
As I mentioned previously, I did end up moving some a few things things out of the PAX cabinets and storing them in the unit on the back wall instead, so I actually have some extra space-- I'm not complaining!
The two baskets on the shelves are empty, waiting for the perfect project to come along. I was even able to fit my weights and medicine balls in the small space under the drawers so they are easily accessible when I work out in the mornings. I won't go through every single cabinet again, but if you'd like to see what's in them, you can do so here!
So that’s my organized office! I am so excited to have it finished, and I think I will be able to be a lot more productive now that everything has a spot! Let's take a quick look at the before and after shots:
Quite a difference, right?! Yippee!
If you've missed any of the previous posts in the home office series, you can catch up below:
A Beautiful and Organized Home Office Tour (You're here!)
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I tried to link to most of the sources for everything in the post, but I will include a full list below as well:
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed (color matched in Behr Marquee paint)
Wicker Baskets (similar)
White Board: Hobby Lobby
I would love to hear about the systems you use to organize your own home office, so be sure to tell me about them in the comments below!
Have a wonderful day!
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