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Getting Organized

by - Friday, October 21, 2011

Thanks everyone for your kind comments on my last post.  It all seems a bit unreal but I’m sure by Monday it will sink in!

I’ve been slowly doing some organizing the last few weeks to get prepared for the photo shoot with Style At Home. One little thing that was nagging me was the state of our home office. We have lots of storage but things always ended up just piled on the desk – fabric scraps, papers, magazines.

Getting organized in the home office takes a bit of planning. You want to have things organized in a way that makes sense and keeps things accessible.

Want to see how we put this room together? Check out this post, this post, and this post too.

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Fabric Storage:


I got these metal bins at Loblaws. They’re perfect for holding my fabric hoard scraps. Don’t you love the PC Home products at Loblaws/SuperStore? For those who don’t know, Joe Mimran (the man who created Club Monaco and Caban) created SuperStore's JoeFresh clothing line and is also the design director for the PC Home furnishings and housewares line. I admit sometimes I spend more time shopping for clothing and furnishings than I do groceries ;)

Using the metal bins keeps things neat and orderly. They're easy to pull out and I could use the label holder on the basket if I wanted to be even more precise. The best feature though is that I can see what fabric I have at a glance. Plus, with the limited size of the basket, it discourages me from hoarding even more!

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Magazine Storage:


I also decided to do something with all those magazines I have about. I have them stored EVERYWHERE around my house… these are just the Style At Home ones ;) I had some old cheap Ikea magazine holders but was tired of the pattern on them so I covered them up with Chloe’s art paper. I like looking through the magazines seasonally so I organized everything by month (as opposed to year) and made up these labels on my computer. A simple yet effective update!

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Vertical Storage:


It took a bit of work but putting this IKEA Home Office for 2 together made great use of this small space. Affixing the Expedit bookcases to the wall really took advantage of the vertical wall space. You do want to spend extra time and attention on ensuring your bookcases are secure and well supported when doing a 'hack' like that, but it is a budget-friendly and effective solution.


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Now, with the painted chairs, everything looks brighter and whiter. I do like the visual break with all of the colourful books and green wall though! Ready for the close up now!

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