Hello and happy Tuesday All!
It's that Spring cleaning time of year. That time when we start to wondering where did all this stuff come from? Is it too early to put away snow pants and boots. Well that's the thought I have because I live in Minnesota. Like our Minnesota native Prince sang "Sometimes it Snows in April". It does it and it has. I made time to clean up our family office over the weekend. It had become cluttered craziness over the Winter. I share this office with both my daughter's so it get's a ton of use.
As I was cleaning I thought I should share some of my tips for keeping an organized office. Mostly everything in this space is from Ikea or Target so you should be able to do this at home somewhat affordably.
Here are my 5 tips for giving your home office a Spring refresh!
Tip #1 Create Storage
One of my favorite things at Ikea is the KALLAX bookcases. They have a very simple design and can be dressed up with baskets, books and accessories. I use four baskets to hide misc. clutter. Then I use canisters filled with markers and crayons for my daughters to have easy access to coloring supplies. These baskets can tend to become a catch all for everything so I try and go through and toss or donates items each Spring. The drawers below are used for my office supplies. They are also used for additional arts and craft supplies for the girls. I go through the drawers several times throughout the year. Once I reach the point of I can't look at this anymore.
#2 Create Cozy Accents
An office can become sterile and cold if it's only filled with work and school items. Bring in some plants, candles and little accent to make it feel warm and cozy. A rattan tray can also be a nice touch to hold these times.
#3 Create a Place to Relax
If your space allows try and create a relaxing place to read and work. It's nice to not always work in the office, but unwind. It's also great to change location throughout the day. Do some work from a cozy chair instead of being at your desk all day. I love this BACKSALEN chair from IKEA. It is very affordable and it's wide enough for me and one of my kids to snuggle up. If we spill on it the slip cover comes off to be washed. I dressed it up with some pillows from Etsy and West Elm to add extra comfort.
#4 Create Display Areas
I love cork boards in an office and kids bedrooms. If I don't have a place to pin up artwork and photos my kids will start taping things to the wall. This not only marks up the wall it creates a cluttered feel. Plus the fridge can only hold so much right? I also like to have photos ledges wherever possible. This holds books, study materials and art work.
#5 Accessorize with Your Things
I don't want to tuck and hide all of our things away. I leave out the things that make me happy and add personality to the space. I love a candle, fun stapler and catch all dish on my desk. On my daughters desk we leave out bracelets and art they have made. Having the paints and art supplies out in a tidy way can add color and fun. It can also encourage more creativity.
I hope these little tips have helped you feel inspired to do a Spring refresh in your space. Do you need help in your home in a specific area? Decorator in a Box is here to help with all your design needs. Send me an email and tell me about your project. All designs are custom and at a flat rate. The best part is the entire process is done from the comfort of your home computer. You don't need to worry about cleaning up for me to come over. Just stay in your slippers and follow the four easy Start to Decorate steps. It's that easy and that fun.
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