October 16, 2014

Simple Solution: Brighten Your Desktop with Gift Wrap


Ahhhhhh, my home office. The room where the magic happens. Blog magic, that is. Oh, and homework magic. And paying bills magic. And a lot of other magic things that are escaping me at the moment because it's Thursday night and it's been a long week.

;-)

Other than the kitchen, this is the room where I spend most of my time. I have big dreams for this space but it's going to cost me a pretty penny. While I'm saving up the money (this could take a while!), I've been making small improvements to fix the little irritations.

Ok, so I know some of you might be thinking "What's wrong with the space to begin with? It looks great!". Yes, my friends. I agree. I've made this space work pretty hard and it was a miracle that my desk from the Arkansas house happened to fit perfectly right here in this corner...

I've tweaked the space and shelving a few times while living here over the last year. However, while the big desk and shelving haven't been moved, I suppose the issue I struggle with is the color of the desk / shelving. I want a bright, uplifting space to work in and think a light-colored desk will completely transform the space. The floors are on the darker side. The desk and chairs are black. And my 2 wall shelves on the wall opposite the desk are dark too…

Until I'm able to pay for create the custom built-in office of my dreams, I tweaked the office yet again today by adding gift wrap under the plexiglass. It was an easy update and I'm super thrilled with the outcome!

You can see here how the top of the desk is dark...

Oh, and you can also see the handprints of 3 little people that "work" upstairs with me...

I almost hated cleaning this desktop during the project. Yes, it's germy, but I sorta love seeing these prints on the desk. On my walls? No. Desk? Kinda cute because it's a hidden away space that visitors don't walk through…

Back to the project though.

You can see above how dark the desktop is. Sometimes when I'm photographing something for the blog, I use my desktop. So not only would brightening the desk lighten the overall mood in here for me while I work, but it would help with my backdrops for items I'm snapping pics of.

Today I ended up with 15 free minutes and walked right past a Paper Source store in our area. And noooooow I know the reason I resisted walking through their doors before. I knew I would fall in love. I knew they would have awesome papers and crafting items I'd want to buy. And I knew their prices would be ridiculously high.

I was correct. In all of the above.

But, I treated myself today buying just 6 sheets of their fancy paper...

There were too many choices and it was hard to choose one design. But I reminded myself, the beauty in this solution is that it isn't a permanent detail. I can change the paper anytime I wish! So I grabbed a paper that made me feel happy...

It's a cream colored background with a beautiful shiny gold design…quatrefoil? Is this the fancy word for this design?...

I removed the plexiglass pieces, secured the gift wrap with command adhesive (some areas needed trimming or adding - especially the corner unit of the desk where my computer sits), cleaned the glass and added it back on top. Easy...


Done!...


The gift wrap brightened my desktop...

While also adding something pretty…


Love this design!

It's made me happy today to look down as I work on the computer. Each time I look at the paper I smile...

It also helped the little details on top of the desk pop a bit more. Like this cute hand-painted / decorated rock my daughter made for me. I use it as a paper-weight…

My frames look pretty on top of the desk and even my little office supplies look a bit nicer!

If you have the ability to add gift wrap to your desktop, do this! It's inexpensive and easy…and will make you happy! What's better than being happy while you work?

Have a great day!




October 15, 2014

From Ordinary to….How You Doin'!?


Being the organizer that I am, I love to plan and know things in advance. So I am loving on our 2nd and 4th grade teacher's this year. Every Friday a homework packet for the following week comes home with the boys. We keep the packet until the following Friday when their work is turned in. If you're a busy mom like me and have weeknight obligations or the kids have after school activities, it's a great option to get started on homework over the weekend.

The boys do homework with me upstairs in my home office and previously I've shared my hanging wall organizer where their schoolwork and school papers go. But it wasn't looking too hot lately…

It was literally overflowing…

My goal is to keep each of their homework packets, along with additional school papers that come home during the week, clipped together and easy to grab. So I turned to an open spot here in the corner of my office…

The white board has been underutilized...

Time to get to work and start pulling your weight around here Mr. White Board.

To tackle this minor organization issue, I added 2 command adhesive hooks…

And grabbed my old, unattractive collection of binder clips…

Is it just me or is it ridiculous to pay $4.99 for 6 pretty, patterned binder clips?…

Good, I was hoping my age wasn't catching up with me and I was turning into a grumpy old lady that complains about the cost of everything.

I'm sure many of you have those *officey* looking binder clips around your house. But there's no reason they have to continue looking buttoned-up and business-like. Oh no. Why not grab a can of spray paint and give them a makeover. You choose the color and it's all "how you doin'?" from there.

I laid out my collection on a drop cloth…

I even included the small tin they had been living in. They weren't going to be in the tin anymore, but I figured why not...

A few light coats of spray paint on one side...


Then when it's dry (we're talking minutes here!) simply flip them over to spray the other side...

When the other side was dry, I opened the clip hooks to make sure the inside had a good coating too...

Done.


Looking pretty glam now...

And it was so easy. I'm storing them away right here…


And the homework packets? New happy place…


Think of the fabulous color options you can come up with to spray your own binder clips. You can even add a little washi tape and a label to make them even prettier. Endless options that won't cost you $4.99 for 6.

Go spray paint something and have a great day!


October 13, 2014

Simple Solution: Instant Hidden Storage


In the master bathroom, both sinks don't have hidden storage. Some of you may recall when I added the Pottery Barn wall shelf next to my sink, which created a ton of storage space for me. Here is the wall before...

And after...

The lights on either side of the mirror aren't staying, but that's a different post for a different day. Today we're talking about adding just a *liiiiiiiitle* bit more storage...of the hidden variety.

I guess when a woman turns 40 that automatically doubles triples your beauty product arsenal. A-hem. You can see the shelves were getting bit crowded...

And the basket on the bottom of the shelf wasn't working for me. That basket holds my hair tools, brushes, combs and large hair spray bottle...

I was digging through it every day and knew there was a better way to contain these items. I also wanted to free up more space on that bottom shelf for bath towels...

So, while the shelving works like a charm, I needed a little more storage space. I wanted to still keep things close at hand while I'm getting ready so I turned to the door you see here right next to my sink...

This idea isn't anything new to you guys I'm sure, but I knew a hanging shoe organizer would be the perfect solution behind the bathroom door. The door is pretty much always open like this...

Therefore, anything hanging / hiding behind it won't be seen. I grabbed a shoe organizer from Target...

But since I have an issue with things hanging over a door (my office is on the other side of this door), I instead used command adhesive hooks to hang it...



 Once it was hanging I loaded up the compartments...

Now all of my hair tools, hair brushes & combs, hair accessories, hair products, and larger lotion bottles are hanging on the back of the door...and off the shelf. So much better!...


Don't be afraid to use the back of a door for instant hidden storage. Because it works and costs you only a few bucks!