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Friday, December 30, 2005

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Rebekkah

I really like the filing cabinets topped by doors idea. It gives you lots of storage space, and better yet, somewhat hidden storage space.

To make things look prettier, how about getting new storage stuff? Those plastic containers are great, but since they're see-through, even when stuff is packed away in them, it can still look cluttered, because you can see into them. If you could find similar containers that are opaque, that might help things look less chaotic. (And maybe Maddie could help you make artsy labels for the outsides of the drawers. Educational *and* organizational!) One thing that I've been meaning to get for a while are wicker storage baskets. I have a coffee table from Ikea that we're actually using as an entertainment center. It has cubbies built in under the top, and I know they make (or made) long wicker baskets to stick in the holes. But you can buy them separately. They look really nice, and are a good relatively inexpensive way to get storage space that looks a bit classier than plastic boxes. This may be good for your shelving units, where you don't want to stack storage boxes, but might want to hide some of the clutter.

Imbrium

Are you familiar with The Container Store? http://www.containerstore.com/index.jhtml

If the goal is to find a prettier way to present/hide/store your stuff, they have tons of (really cute) options. I'm a sucker for pretty boxes and jars and bottles and such.

D'

What about making some kind of curtain for the open shelves? You could tie them back when you're working/shipping for easy access to your stuff. When you're in the room doing other things, the curtain would hide the clutter and help you keep your mind on what you're doing.

It's also good feng shui. :-)

You could also incorporate the fabric color/pattern throughout the room, to tie everything together -- maybe you wouldn't need the actual furniture to "match" that way.

Joan

I keep most of my stash in zippered vinyl bags stored in four cabinets with doors, but they could easily be used on open shelves. I get mine from the Container Store as Rebekkah mentioned. You can see my stash organzation at www.PictureTrail.com/joanhamer
I don't think having all the furniture matching is as important as everything looking tidy and accessible.

Shanti

I'll second the Container Store suggestion. http://www.containerstore.com/browse/index.jhtml?CATID=62519

They have a tremendous selection of pretty baskets and such (the linkabove i to their storage section. I use thier baskets for my bedside tables and the zipped storage totes for my stash.

TheBon

If you're going to go with an all-in-one printer, I highly recommend getting one with a flat bed scanner. We had one until recently and it had a sheet feed scanner which was the pits because most things couldn't go in it [book pictures, etc].

Also, I don't think you need to buy all new furniture. A little paint or stain, or fabric to re-upholster things can go a long way. you might think about trimming out your shelves [at least the outer edges, I don't know if you label things on the front edge] with pretty ribbon, or even strips of really cool paper glued on.

Also, Design Within Reach [sells really spendy, really nice items] has something that they call wallbands [currently on sale!] that are non-permanent woven strips that go on quick to update a room. http://dwr.com/productdetail.cfm?id=7834

Strikkelise

Sorry if anyone has made any of these suggestions already.
Seems like a filing cabinet would be ideal for your patterns, and other stuff, too. They come in may different shapes, on wheels to go under your desk etc.
And maybe some transparent boxes for the stamps, they can be stacked, and will perhaps enable you to use all the space on your shelves?
And might I suggest some paint to coordinate all the furniture? Keeping everything the same shade will make the room look more calm and tidy and stylish. Almost any surface can be painted if you use the right primer.
Finally, how about some shelves up under the ceiling, all the way around your room, over the windows etc?

Lisa D.

We were just at IKEA and they have some really nice organization stuff. It's really inexpensive too. We are going back in a few weeks to get some new pieces for our office. They have every size and shape imaginable to fit any space. For smaller items, I love photo storage boxes. They come in lots of great colors and patterns and they hold up pretty well. Good luck and keep us posted.

heatherly

well, not pretty but i plan to get the new rubbermaid roughneck containers made with cedar chips! sounds perfect for wool!

Latoya

I put my yarn stash in the bag that the comforters come in and then place them on the shelves in my closet. Also, baskets are a great use for yarn and projects. They are also very pleasing to the eye.

Ellen

Container Store again! They typically have a BIG sale on their organization stuff in January--I've done 2 closets so far. You can get bins of varying depth and I got a self standing unit billed as a "closet" that had a canvas cover on it so you couldn't see the mess stuffed in the bins. Ingenious.

jessie

My office is pretty much a disaster, but I have a lot of room. I'm just a slob. But on the printer topic, if you had a wireless router, yes you could run all your computers to one printer. And (the beauty of this is profound to me) the printer DOES NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM. I don't know where else you'd want it (bathroom? balcony?) but it's nifty nonetheless.

jessie

My office is pretty much a disaster, but I have a lot of room. I'm just a slob. But on the printer topic, if you had a wireless router, yes you could run all your computers to one printer, which would only have to be hooked up to one computer.

jessie

Third post here (how embarrassing). I got carried away with the wireless router thing and hit the post button too soon. Ignore the first post.

jessie

My office is pretty much a disaster, but I have a lot of room. I'm just a slob. But on the printer topic, if you had a wireless router, yes you could run all your computers to one printer. And (the beauty of this is profound to me) the printer DOES NOT EVEN HAVE TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM. I don't know where else you'd want it (bathroom? balcony?) but it's nifty nonetheless.

elaine

okay, so now re-reading your posts about organizing with a fully functional brain (having shifted from vacation brain to work brain) i see that my comment/suggestions the other day were most likely completely useless or duplications or already addressed. except for maybe the one about some kind of curtain on your stamp shelves.

so sorry about not paying attention...will try to read more closely before i 'speak' next time.

:-))

Kathryn

For desks you seem to have a lot of space underneath. While this is nice from the perspective of not hitting your legs, I definitely recommend the file cabinet desk base idea. I would choose two entire (adjoining) window walls to be my flat space (aka desks). Then measure those walls and decide where you want "leg space" and how much space you have between those pockets of leg space. The rest of the space can be filled with filing cabinets / deep shelving. Buy the cheap metal file cabinets (or pretty ones according to budget) and then build shelves for the rest of the non leg space that have the same height and depth of the cabinets. Then, get two pieces of board cut at a hardware store so that they have 45 degree angles at corners so that they fit together to form and L (or buy two straight pieces I am just a sucker for mitering) and attache them to each other and the bookshelves. Finish them and paint them a pretty color. Interms of organizing open shelves I am all for canvas pop up bins (or wicker if that is your taste). Just make certain that labels are changeable so that when you change the contents you can change the label. The desk idea is essentially a rip off of the modular office furniture from pottery barn (comes in black and white.)

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