Operation: Organize Office Closet

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend!  We had a chance to visit with family and also do some productive things around the house.  I got one project 90% complete and it feels so good.  I hadn’t blogged about this project before because I wanted to get it (mostly) complete first. Inside my neat and tidy office, image lurked a dirty secret. DSC_0883 DSC_0882 DSC_0876 DSC_0881 DSC_0880 DSC_0879 Yikes! A closet full of chaos! I am the type of person that doesn’t do well with piles of mess even when it is contained behind closed doors.  It’s like the disorganization taunts me until I can’t take it anymore.  Or, in this case, for 9 months!  All the stuff I didn’t quite know what to do with came to live here and then just kept piling up. One Friday while James was napping, I finally tackled the project.  Of course, I wasn’t able to totally complete the job during one nap, but I was able to empty out the closet and sort the mess into specific piles. image The majority of the big bins and boxes were filled with old photo albums, photo frames we aren’t currently using, and my law school binders with old notes and outlines.  I went through everything, trashed most of the old law school stuff and donated much of the rest. After I sorted through everything, I was able to put it away all nice and neatly. DSC_0338 DSC_0342 I used $4 Ikea wastebaskets to corral my wrapping paper and blue bins from the Container Store to hide all my mismatched old photo albums.  I already had all the brown woven boxes and they also store photos. The collage was a weekend project done years ago that contains some favorite scriptures and quotes.  It’s nice to finally see it again! image I still have a few more things I’d like to do with the space to make it even better functionally and visually, but I’m so happy that I at least tackled the organizing part!           image                            image DSC_0883DSC_0342 *********

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  1. April 11, 2011 / 3:50 am

    I'm so jealous! Now that you're done with your office closet can you please come to Hawaii and organize mine? It's the dumping grounds for everything that doesn't have a home. Argh! I love the blue containers btw. Looks great:)

  2. April 11, 2011 / 3:53 am

    So pretty, I love it!!

  3. April 11, 2011 / 6:44 am

    Wow it looks wonderful! – You are definitely a Supermom for being able to tackle this porject over one weekend!

    Can't wait to see the final product!


  4. Megan
    April 11, 2011 / 3:43 am

    Wow…this looks amazing! I need to get some plastic bins like that for my wrapping paper!! Great idea!

  5. Jen
    April 11, 2011 / 3:46 am

    LOVE the blue boxes from the Container Store! Adds such a nice pop of color and looks so organized! Great job! :0)

  6. emily
    April 11, 2011 / 4:03 am

    It looks amazing! Love those blue containers! We both aired some dirty organizing secrets on our blog tonight! πŸ™‚

  7. Ali Richardson
    April 11, 2011 / 4:46 am

    WOW! It looks great!

  8. April 11, 2011 / 10:30 am

    This post has inspired me to tackle my office. Ours doesn't have a closet but I really need to better organize my bookshelves. I love the blue boxes from the Container Store. Will probably head there this weekend. Btw, I have those waste backets from Ikea although never thought to use them as you have.

    Great job!

  9. Michaela
    April 11, 2011 / 6:04 am

    Love this! Organizing is really fun, especially when the result is so great (: The blue boxes are awesome! I think our office needs a closet makeover, too!

  10. April 11, 2011 / 11:35 am

    Oh my! Very nice work. I always wonder where all the "stuff" is when I look at pictures of people's neatly organized and super clean houses on various blogs. The secret's out! πŸ™‚

  11. April 11, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    Put together AND pretty! Now I'm sitting here pondering my guest room closet full of all my crafts and scheming how to organize it. Thanks for the great tips! Love the trash bin wrapping paper holders.

  12. Rambling Renovators
    April 11, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    That looks great – functional and pretty too! I hate messes behind closets too… they're like a fly that just won't leave you alone. It must feel great to get rid of your closet of chaos.

  13. Cristin @ Simplified Bee
    April 11, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    Love it! What a huge difference! The blue boxes are so fun too.


  14. Heather
    April 11, 2011 / 2:17 pm

    Wow, this is such an improvement! I love the color of those blue boxes. It's so cheerful. I kept a lot of stuff from law school for a while and then ultimately decided to get rid of it, which was a good feeling.

  15. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    April 11, 2011 / 2:20 pm

    We are all on the same page today!!! Looks great, girl. I love the bright pop of blue and those baskets are such a smart idea for the wrapping paper.

  16. Allison
    April 11, 2011 / 3:04 pm

    It looks great. The Ikea baskets are a wonderful idea for the wrapping paper and I love those blue storage boxes.

  17. April 11, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    I should mention that the blue storage bins from The Container Store require minor assembly- the little screws are included.

  18. April 11, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    I have a whole bunch of those blue boxes from the container store in our closet. But, I've got a closet that looks just like your before…..and really needs some attention! Love the idea of using the trash bins for the wrapping paper.

  19. Elsa
    April 11, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    WOW!!! It looks so good and I love those boxes.

  20. April 11, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    Wow! It looks great. You have inspired me.

  21. Sarah@totalbassetcase
    April 11, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    Great idea with the waste baskets for wrapping paper! Mine always gets shoved in a closet too and ends up ripping! Love the blue boxes, everything looks great!

  22. April 11, 2011 / 10:40 pm

    You are always so inspiring! Happy Monday!

  23. Traci
    April 11, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    You can't imagine how good it makes me feel to know I'm not the only one with a closet like that! I would've NEVER thought you had one though. It looks fabulous!! Love the blue.

  24. April 12, 2011 / 1:00 am

    Ha, I wasn't expecting that little secret! But I love it!! πŸ™‚

  25. Lauren
    April 11, 2011 / 8:11 pm

    omg you are an inspiration.
    I'm the same way, my closets have been taunting me for a while now. Maybe today's the day? Nah, maybe tomorrow πŸ™‚

    They look great- LOVE the splash of blue bins.

  26. April 12, 2011 / 1:15 am

    Yay!!! Way to go, Megan. πŸ™‚ I have several dirty little secrets in my house. πŸ˜‰ You did a great job with the revamp!

  27. April 12, 2011 / 2:19 am

    This is a reminder that I need to organize my office closet. It's something that has been in the back of my mind for a while.

  28. jvw home
    April 12, 2011 / 12:17 am

    Looks beautiful!

  29. A Delightful Design
    April 12, 2011 / 2:01 am

    Great job! I love the blue bins and especially your collage. I bet you're so glad you saved it. πŸ™‚

  30. April 12, 2011 / 5:13 pm

    I love what you've done! Doesn't it feel amazing once the hard work is behind you? Simply fabulous.

  31. Kat @ City Southern
    April 12, 2011 / 6:15 pm

    The hardest part for me is making the piles of like items (and putting any of it in the "trash" pile!). Spring Cleaning…here I come!! LOVE this post – the transformation is amazing!

  32. April 13, 2011 / 3:17 pm

    What a difference! It looks amazing now!

  33. April 14, 2011 / 12:21 pm

    So inspiring! I have a closet that looks exactly like your "befoe" and this definitely makes me want to finally tackle the mess. Where are the blue boxes from?

  34. jessica
    April 15, 2011 / 12:59 am

    the "before" is totally what my office closet looks like… you've definitely inspired me to clean it up and get organized… πŸ™‚

  35. Amy Rene
    April 15, 2011 / 3:13 am

    That's an amazing transformation! Looks amazing.

  36. April 16, 2011 / 11:58 am

    HeeHeeHee, I'm glad to see that the personal organizer even has crazy disorganized spaces from time to time! The closet turned out beautiful Megan! I'll be using the wrapping paper storage idea for sure! πŸ™‚

  37. April 17, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    Your office looks amazing – love the color scheme

  38. October 9, 2011 / 12:07 am

    That looks beautiful! I'm working on my closet myself. I really like that bookshelf/cube thing in your office.

    Where did you get that?

  39. February 8, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    Oh that looks amazing! I'm just about to sort through all of our bills, papers and office stuff; a major deep cleaning project that is gnawing at me.

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