Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DIY Organizing Tips, Functional Props & A Chic Home Office Decorating Refresh {Debs Simplicity}

Hello and here's some Organizing Tips using Debs Simplicity Ideas! 


"My LOFT101.net Office is my sanctuary that I run to when I need to be with me, for me.  This is who I am." 
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I'm shaping things up for the fall season by getting more organized and I'm starting with my Loft101.net Office.  Just when I thought I was done, I realized how much of a mess I had made of my closet space.   It literally became a catch-all for everything!  I purchased some clear craft bins and a large wooden craft cabinet which I absolutely love!  Check out my work!  Loft101.net Headquarters is looking good.  I've de-cluttered my shelves and have organized everything just perfectly for working on my projects.  I've added another desk that is actually functional now :-)!  It holds my journals, pencils, pens, staplers, in-box and file folders that I use on a daily basis. I picked up a chic, contemporary end table that sets the room off and fits well with my pull-out futon couch/bed.

I now have a convenient place for my Wasi tapes too!  I've separated all of them from my other ribbons/bows and they now have a home on the dowels that are included on my gift wrap hutch.  I absolutely love this hutch and the convenience it provides for creating all of my ideas & creations I share with you.  I've also created a small photography corner where I now have my camera and tripods set up.  My "vision floor standing frame" that I re-created a few posts ago, has also found a home in this corner, as I begin to use this floor frame as the perfect backdrop for building on my vision as a blogger and Personal Enrichment Coach!  I also keep my antique white display stand nearby that I use when I mobile train, do workshops and need to set up my Loft101.net shop at offsite locations. 

Lastly, "I'm in love" with what I call my "Alice In Wonderland" craft armoire.  This was a functional find that truly found me...lol!  I was shopping in Home Goods for something totally different and out in the aisle, there it was, the perfect piece of functional furniture I needed to complete my home office.  I am able to store all of my camera accessories in here as well as my "things I need now" stuff that I often use.  It was so worth the cost (a little expensive, but worth it)...lol! 

I hope you will enjoy the tour of my newly refreshed home office and here's some organizing tips that may help you get your home office in shape too!

Home Office Organizing Tips 
  • Purchase decorative hat boxes, square, flat, large or small boxes from Home Goods, Marshalls, Michaels Craft Store, TJ Maxx or JoAnne Fabrics.  They are functional props and pretty too! 
  • Purchase office furniture that not only fits in with your d├ęcor but that also provides functionality.  At the end of the day you want to be organized.  Pretty is only nice when its purposeful!
  • Use all of the space you have available.  Stack boxes on top of each other, safely!  If you have high ceilings, utilize the height, sensibly of course and by doing this you leave additional space in length, to store more items.
  • Purchase props like "dressmaker forms".  These props are not just for sewing hobbyists.  These props can be useful for hanging other things on such as tags, ribbons and other small accessories. Push pins are the perfect match for dress forms!
  • Try using a corner desk if your room lends itself to this idea because corner desks save a tremendous amount of space in a room and provide a nice view, if near a window.
  • Use tools that are convenient and equipped to hold certain accessories.  I use craft paints all of the time and found that I purchased so many, I actually needed a holder of some sort.  The one pictured, is perfect for my craft paints and sits on a turnstile, so that feature also provides additional convenience.
  • Use clear boxes to store your items.  This provides a "quick glance" of what you need before physically pulling the box off the shelf.  Labels are also another addition to organizing that can help with a "quick glance!"