Psst: I just fixed my Pinterest link on the right to actually lead to my Pinterest page, and not back to my blog homepage… What can I say; my DIY blog is a learning process. Now you can officially check out my (well used) Pinterest boards!
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful end of summer long weekend.
I’ve recently been lusting after a gorgeous office space. I’ve seen so many beautiful spaces on Pinterest, and I find myself wishing for one in our little home… But that isn’t happening in the near future. For one, my city is super expensive, so renting a two bedroom apartment for such a needless reason is frivolous. Second, I don’t truly need an office. It’s not like I work from home! I’d just like one for projects and blogging.
Since an office isn’t happening any time soon for me, I thought I’d work on creating storage that would at least enable me to quickly set up shop as an office in our kitchen, but just as quickly store it all back away in its place.
You may remember one of my absolute favourite pieces I restored a little while ago… My credenza. On top of being a pretty piece of furniture, it’s also super functional because of all its storage potential.
And this is only one drawer! Eventually I’ll share the other sections, like where we keep our printer, tools, board games… But back to office supplies.
Before organizing at all, I looked at my needs. What did I need this storage space to address?
Because it’s so easily accessible, these were things I would use frequently. I hoped it could store my:
1. Scrapbooking paper and tools
2. Office supplies
3. Sewing extras
The other problem I had is because I don’t have a desk, my kitchen table needs to do double duty. I wanted supplies that could quickly be transported to the table to create a desk area, and just as easily returned to their rightful place.
First off, I had a very spur of the moment purchase last weekend at Winners: 4 rolls of wrapping paper. Even my mum couldn’t understand why I’d want that! I put one to good use and lined my drawers with this pretty pink and white pattern.
Next, I tackled office supplies. I find it much easier to clean up after baking with my most used supplies corralled into one container, so I decided to do the same with my stationary stuff. This way, I just pick up the container with everything I need, and can quickly put it away when I’m done.
Since I already spent a somewhat unreasonable amount on wrapping paper, I wanted to reuse containers I already had to be cheaper and more sustainable.
Whenever I need my supplies (usually when I’m filing away documents) I just pick up my container and my basket of pens.
Card making is another little hobby of mine, so I wanted a little space designated for that too. Yoghurt containers were something I already had on hand and were the perfect height for the drawer. Sold.
I’ve seen lots of office and craft rooms with paper perfectly organized by colour, but I don’t have that kind of space… or patience. A while ago, I picked up this clear container for scrapbook paper at Michaels on sale for $5. I literally just throw everything back when I’m done, which makes clean up far less daunting. It also forces me to be realistic and stick to the limited amount of space I have: I finish up the paper I own before buying more.
Roll of wrapping paper: $4
Scrapbook paper container: Already owned (but originally $5)
Plastic container: Already owned (but about $2)
Not bad for a project that was less than $15 and took me under a half hour to complete!
What do you think about reusing tupperware to organize your storage? Do you like to reuse, or do you prefer a more streamlined new look with coordinated new containers?