Before: Messy Home OfficeWilliam and Nicole Phoenix are two creative people with a huge office area in their home. The problem is, the space is so cluttered with junk that there's little room to even walk, let alone get any work done.
Professional organizer Sandra Briggs is brought in to help to transform the room from a space the Phoenixes avoid to a space they adore.
As with all organizing projects, the first step is to sort through the mess to see what needs to be kept and what can be tossed. Briggs starts with their books and then moves on to their papers and other items.
Her plan for getting this room in order includes removing the large hutch and having a customized shelving system built inside the closet. See how her handiwork turned out below.
Before: Disorderly DeskEvery inch of the desk is blanketed in disorder. It's more of the same on the floor.
After: Organized DeskThe newly neat desk is now in the center of the room. The clutter on the floor has been cleared away, too.
Before: "Dead Storage" ClosetThe closet is filled with loads of books, stationary and boxes of financial documents. Those boxes include tax documents, which means they need to be kept indefinitely. Organizer Sandra Briggs calls this "dead storage."
After: New Filing SystemThe new customized shelving and rolling-cart filing system make it a cinch to keep things organized. The closet doors have been removed, and fresh green paint adds a splash of color. Additional shelving on the wall at right makes great use of all that vertical space.
Before: Big HutchThe gigantic hutch consumes a lot of space and overpowers the room. Briggs wants to remove it to create a cozy seating area.
After: The Hutch is Moved Outside of the OfficeThe landing just outside the office provides an ideal new home for the hutch. Even Oscar the dog (to the left of the hutch on the floor) approves.
Products from The Container Store:
80" Top Track, Platinum 74" length
two 1/2" drywall anchors, Dark Blue, pkg. of five
masonry anchors and wooden screws, Light Blue, pkg. of 10
four 84" hang standard, Platinum
12" x 6' ventilated shelf, Platinum
four 12" ventilated shelf brackets, Platinum
three 12" x 24" x 3/4" veneer shelves, Walnut
seven 16" x 24" x 3/4" veneer shelves, Walnut
four Elfa 10-1/2" shelf brackets for 12" shelf, Platinum
12 Elfa 14-1/2" shelf brackets for 15" shelf, Platinum
two Elfa-shelf pins, pkg. of 10
three small shelf connectors, galvanized set of two
three large shelf connectors, galvanized set of two
two medium one-runner drawers, Platinum 16-7/8" x 20-3/4
two medium two-runner drawers, Platinum 16-7/8" x 20-3/4
medium three-runner drawer, Platinum 16-7/8" x 20-3/4
two medium one-runner drawer liners, Translucent
two medium two-runner drawer liners, Translucent
medium three-runner drawer liner, Translucent
medium divided tray white 15-3/4" x 19-3/4" x 2-1
10-runner panels, Platinum
medium crossbar set of four, Platinum
medium Melamine top, Platinum 18" x 21" x 5/8"
two drawer backstop pins pkg. of 10
casters with black adaptors set of four, 2-1/2" h
frame clips, Platinum pkg. of four
Bisley two-drawer file cabinet, Silver 16-1/4" x 15-3
two Birch ledge shelves, Espresso 24" x 2-3/8" x 1-3/4"
Birch ledge shelf, Espresso 36" x 2-3/8" x 1-3/4"
Our Best Box 16-1/2" x 12-1/2" x 10-3/4", three
divided tray clear 12" x 9" x 1 1/2"
FileSolutions home filing system
two Master Grip bookends pkg. of two: 4 -3/4" x 6-3/8" x 7"
slim folding step stool
two check file boxes, White
magazine rack, Walnut
six large binder clips, Metallic
Bako wire basket
Top Track, Platinum
two packs drywall anchors, Dark Blue
one pack masonry anchors and wood screws, Light Blue
four 84" hang standards, Platinum
two veneer shelves, Walnut: 8 x 24 x 3/4
seven veneer shelves, Walnut: 12 x 24 x 3/4
three veneer shelves, Walnut: 12 x 30 x 3/4
two veneer shelves, Walnut: 20 x 24 x 3/4
veneer shelves, Walnut: 20 x 30 x 3/4
four Elfa brackets for 8" shelf, Platinum
14 Elfa brackets for 12" shelf, Platinum
four Elfa brackets for 20" shelf, Platinum
three Elfa shelf-pins
nine small shelf connectors
three large shelf connectors
Bisley two-drawer file cabinet
four Green Pandan boxes
four Acorn Pandan boxes
Products from Lamps Plus:
10"-wide alabaster glass fixture, Brushed Nickel Alabaster Glass Fixture
dual-pole table lamp
Products from Esselte/Pendaflex:
hanging file folders, letter size: 4-4152 1/5 cut BGR, 4152 1/5 cut BLU, 4152 1/5 cut RED, 4152 1/5 cut VIO)
file folders: 4-02081-Blue, 02083-Red, 02084-Bright Green, 02085-Violet
Products from Lillian Vernon:
carved letter box, White, 023592 (10-3/4 x 5 x 5-34" h)
Brown leather desk accessories (two three-piece Brown leather desk set, 021312, brown leather in box, 021359)
cellphone holders, 018537
Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:
wall paint: one gallon Relentless Olive SS6425, flat finish
paint for the trim: one gallon Ivory Lace SW7013, high gloss