Monday, September 24, 2012

Office Closet Makeover

I've organized & re-organized our office closet countless times but it always seems to become a catch-all for paper clutter, rolls upon rolls of wrapping paper & ribbons, craft supplies, computer wires, cell phone wires - everything is in this closet.  After scouring my fav blogs & Pinterest for innovative storage ideas I think I've finally come up with a solution that will work (fingers crossed).  

And here she is in all her glory!!!!!

I'm almost embarrassed to unveil the "BEFORE" pic but it has to be done to understand the massive effort behind this job.  Ick!

For this project I followed the Keep C.A.L.M and Organize On method that I read about on one of my "go to" blogs, A Thoughtful Place.  She explains a good way to tackle a project like this is to Clear out, Assign a spot, Label, and Maintain.  And that's just what it did.   I cleared everything out!

Where did it go?  On the guest bed and floor for about a week!  I shredded old bills and paperwork, burned all our music onto the computer so that I could toss old CDs in the trash along with all the unnecessary clutter that hadn't been used in over a year.  I then assessed the storage containers that were worth keeping and determined what additional things were needed.

Down the road, the plan for this guest room/office is to update it with a green and turquoise color scheme (check out my inspiration board on Pinterest here).   I wanted to paint the closet walls to make it a happy place   so I went with a bright and vibrant turquoise.  This may not be practical for some but I think the finished product looks so stinkin' cute.

Once the walls were dry I started re-stocking the shelves, labeling everything.

An over the the door multi-pocket organizer works great to store crafts supplies.  It's so nice to see where everything is & quickly grab it when needed.

The hubs installed a metal strip on the wall for magnetic spice containers to store paper clips, thumb tacks & other small office supplies.

This great ribbon organizing idea was spotted on Pinterest.  I used paper towel rolls to wrap loose ribbon that was lying around the house.  The white multi-pocket hanger behind the ribbons will be used for gift tags.

And a magazine holder to store labels and card stock.

Now everything has a happy place to live and is so easy to find.  Let's hope I can maintain it! What do you think?

Source List:

Office Closet Paint: Benjamin Moore Natura Semi-Glass Waterfall 

Green Magazine Files and Boxes with Lids: Ikea Kassett storage

White see & store magnetic containers: Container Store

Turquoise Document & letter storage boxes: Container Store

Turquoise Letter Tray & Paper Drawers: Container Store

Fabric Wall Paper Storage: Container Store

Over the door craft supply pockets: Bed, Bath & Beyond

Guest Baskets: Homegoods

Guest Basket Labels: Better Homes and Gardens

I'm sharing this post at these fab blogs...
{M} The Dedicated House  * C.R.A.F.T * Creating my way to Success Destination: Craft diy home sweet home: MMM Get Out of my Head Please * i should be mopping the floor * The Girl Creative The Gunny Sack The Southern Institute * Thrifty Decor Chick Mad In Crafts {Th} A Glimpse InsideA Little Knick KnackA Thoughtful PlaceCrafty Scrappy HappyDelightful Order * DIY by DesignHouse of Hepworths Hubby Made Memomnivore's dilemma Somewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Idea Room * The Shabby Creek Cottage


  1. Must have been totally overwhelming, but doesn't it feel great to have it done?! Nice work!!

    1. Thanks Jennifer. And omg yes! Sometimes I find myself standing in front of the closet just gazing at it how pretty it looks now. Is that weird?! ;)

  2. Ahhh, looks so good! Doesn't it feel so good to have such a nicely organized space now?! :)

  3. Looks amazing!! Great transformation! It's getting me inspired....lots of great ideas-- thanks for sharing!

  4. Lauren - I'm so inspired! I love your blog!
    Kara McKiernan

  5. Hi Lo, I am visiting from Thursdays link party over at momnivores-dilemma. This is amazing, I really love it. I am adding this to my Pinterest "Organization and Storage Ideas" group board. Have a great evening! - Jill

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jill and thanks for re-pinning!!!

  6. It looks fantastic. You did a great job. I love the "CALM" acronym.

  7. What an awesome transformation! I LOVE the paint color you used. The whole thing turned out great! I wish any of my closets look half as good as yours! Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday :)

  8. So fantastic!!!!!!! Wow. I love the color as well. Thanks so much for linking up.

  9. One day my closet will grow up to look like yours....
    I love it! Especially the fresh new blue paint. Makes it look extra clean....

  10. I hope I will be able to achieve this clean and uncluttered look as I attempt to corral all my craft supplies. Great job!

    Distressed Donna Down home

  11. What a great use of space you must be so pleased. Painting the back wall a different colour was a great idea too it really makes everything pop and blue is a nice soothing colour for an office space. Great job :)

  12. It looks great! I bet you're glad to have that behind you! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Great organisation!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. Cheers to an organised and well-planned office closet makeover. It is totally awesome. You have maximised the space, thanks to all those boxes.


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