My husband and I divided and conquered today. He started in on packing up the Christmas decor early this morning and I went upstairs to finish cleaning and reorganizing our home office space. I don’t know who got the easier job. It took me nearly all day to go through baskets and bags (I have a bad habit of throwing everything in either of these two and never going through them again). Plus, I have file folders, binders, envelopes, stacks of gift cards and rewards cards, photos, stationery, and cable cords in every nook and cranny of that office. I joke with my husband that the office might look like his (lots of college football memorabilia) but the guts are all mine.
A few days ago I went to The Container Store to get what I thought I would need to get the office re-org done. Looks like I need to go back tomorrow. I severely underestimated the amount of storage containers I needed. My goal isn’t to pack away my crap but instead organize it so it’s not sitting in old Trader Joe’s bags collecting an obscene amount of dust. A side note: how addicting is The Container Store? And why am I oddly fascinated with putting every itty bitty knick knack in a see-through box? What a gold mine that place is. Oh, and do you know they have a pretty kick-ass wrapping paper selection? Yes, I have a mild obsession with wrapping paper too.
Like I said, I got a couple of things to help manage my mess.
I finally decided it was time to toss out the pencil organizer I had from a job I left almost ten years ago. It was bittersweet because I had taped a bunch of Chinese fortunes on the bottom of the tray. One read “a good friend will soon marry” – well, yes that came true. The others were pretty insignificant. None read “you will be diagnosed with cancer.”
I’m obsessed with cork and burlap lately. I like they way they look but texturally they both kind of give me the willies. Anyway, I got this cork liner for the desk drawers so my containers don’t slide around when I open and close the drawers. I’m wondering what else I can do with this cork paper?
I have a problem throwing away things with sentimental value. My girl started preschool this year and I have every little scrap of paper that was stamped, glittered, cut, strung, colored, and written on. What am I to do with all of it. My hubs says toss it. I can’t. So I picked up one of these art storage boxes and I need like three more. I read about an idea to take pictures of the art projects and make photo book online. Great idea but I still can’t bear to send these precious pieces off to the dump. What do you do?
I wish I could claim this idea as my own – and it has nothing to do with my office re-org but rather the playroom re-org I did months ago. But since I bought it at The Container Store I thought I’d share it with you too. Does your princess have a million dress up outfits? Yeah, so does mine. After seeing a friend’s, I drove probably way too fast to go get one of our own. Instead of stuffing costumes into overfilled boxes we have fairy and princess dresses perfectly hung. Those boxes are now filled with matching accessories instead. Best idea ever.
I’m still finishing up the office details. Like, I’m currently compiling a family “brain book” and a blogging notebook to keep all my notes and calendars in one place. I need to find some kind of folio for all the computer and photo disks we had laying around. And I desperately need some kind of box to store photos in because who fills photo albums anymore?
What organizing project have you taken on in the first days of 2012?
I was not compensated to write about The Container Store. I just kinda like it and the products.