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How to Organize Your Office for the New Year

a large wooden table with two computers is surrounded by plants, chairs, and office supplies

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Start the new year with a clean slate—and desk! We’re partnering with DIY experts Kim and Scott Vargo of Yellow Brick Home to share their tips for getting organized.

You’ve seen over the last few months how we’ve taken two connecting rooms and turned them into our home studio and lounge. Dare I say, these are our favorite rooms in the house? Since completion, we’ve been finding it easier to find our groove every morning, and we owe so much of it to the way we sneakily organized our space. I’m going to dive a little deeper into our makeover, and I’ll share how we stow away our office supplies!

two chairs surround a large wood table with a computer on top and a variety of plants are displayed on a shelf in the background

During the day, I wear a couple of hats – blogger and artist. As a blogger, I don’t need much else besides my laptop and camera, but as an artist, I have a lot more stuff that needs to be tucked away. Specifically, I paint mini pet portraits, and with this comes endless tubes of paint, mixing jars, tangles of brushes and a drop cloth to keep my surroundings clean and neat.

You may have noticed that underneath our large Lakin table-turned-desk, each of us has our own filing cabinet. They sit back-to-back, and together, they’re the perfect depth to hide completely under the tabletop!

a largre wooden table and two office chairs sit near a organizing cabinet

We both keep the typical office items in our top drawers – everything from pens, pencils and rolls of tape – and I’ll fully admit to hoarding sticky notes. I use them to color code my tasks for the month, and I adhere them to my paper calendar. Yes, I’m still keeping my appointments in a physical book!

The bottom drawer is the ‘filing’ part of the cabinet, but Scott and I use this deep section for different reasons. In my case, I use stacking Binz to house my variety of mixed paint colors, and any extra space is taken up with trays, a water dish and my drop cloth to protect our desk. On the opposite side, Scott uses this drawer to stash his laptop bag.

a supply cabinet containing painting supplies and office supplies

We recently made salvaged wood shelves to hang on our office wall, just beyond our desk. While we display favorite photos, prints and plants, it has a practical use, too.

a printer and filing rack sits on a cabinet below two shelves displaying painting supplies, photos, a plant and a globe

These Silo canisters might be my favorite purchase from the last several months. (The uses for these vessels are endless – think: food storage, a home for dog treats or cotton balls and swabs.) The satin finish is so pretty, and the neutral colors allow my art supplies to be the star of the show! My larger tubes of paint, bristle and foam brushes are stored in the canisters, and I keep them on the lower shelf for easy access.

four containers with paint and paint brushes on a wooden shelf next to a scenic photo

The deep desk allows us to work simultaneously without encroaching on each other’s space, and both filing cabinets keep the peace. (No more, Can you pass the scissors/tape/markers/insert-any-item-here, please?) We couldn’t be happier with the functionality of the room, with some features hidden while others are on display.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside our office!

Comments

  1. AJ Umbra

    Can I ask – where did you find the lovely wall shelves?

    January 17, 2017 | Reply
    • david

      I want to know too! 🙂

      January 21, 2017 | Reply
    • Crate and Barrel

      Hi,

      The DIY shelves were made by Yellow Brick Home from salvaged wood. We recommend reaching out to them with any questions.

      Hope this helps!

      January 23, 2017 | Reply
      • david

        Thanks C&B!

        February 1, 2017 | Reply
        • B

          B
          Hi I made these shelves for our library. The metal brackets are available from Restoration Hardware. Wood shelves, I purchased cedar or fir boards from local lumber store, had them cut to 36″ lengths. I purchased a stain $19, that you add a tablespoon or two of it to water. It is an acid like wash that grayed the wood to a driftwood color.
          I have read other folks have used a 3/4″ by 10″ galvanized pipe with mount and end caps in lieu of Restoration Hardware brackets. Here is picture of my library wall shelves when completed. Well, I can’t paste the photo here. Sorry

          February 2, 2017 | Reply
    • B

      Hi I made these shelves for our library. The metal brackets are available from Restoration Hardware. Wood shelves, I purchased cedar or fir boards from local lumber store, had them cut to 36″ lengths. I purchased a stain $19, that you add a tablespoon or two of it to water. It is an acid like wash that grayed the wood to a driftwood color.
      I have read other folks have used a 3/4″ by 10″ galvanized pipe with mount and end caps in lieu of Restoration Hardware brackets. Here is picture of my library wall shelves when completed. Well, I can’t paste the photo here. Sorry

      February 1, 2017 | Reply
  2. Jenny L.

    Everything looks so lovely. Is the rug C&B too?

    January 28, 2017 | Reply
  3. Carlos

    looks great!

    February 1, 2017 | Reply
  4. Jessica

    Is this one of your carpets?

    February 5, 2017 | Reply

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