We have this really bad tendency to allow the office to become the place where legends go to die. We throw things in this room, shut the door, and pretend like it doesn’t exist. Then, every day, we come into this room and complain about how terrible it is. When did we get this bad? Where the heck did all of this stuff come from? More importantly, how are we doing to handle it?
When we first moved in, we were in a frantic hurry to get some semblance of an office put together because the semester was starting a week later. The his and her work space was born. Functional, yes. Comfortable, no. The line of sight when walking into the office are our two L-Shaped desks butt up against the wall, and giant black chairs in front of them. For a room that doesn’t get a lot of light, it can look really heavy.
Another big problem? No proper storage! Our glass top desks lack drawers and it drives me crazy on a daily basis. To offset it, we bought two black three drawer carts. They serve a purpose, but not really all that functional and/or pretty.
None of you out there are envying me right now.
But you will.
Because I have a plan!
Planning an office overhaul can be tricky, confusing, frustrating and kind of terrible. To make it less horrid, I started with a sheet of paper and a pencil in order to draft out what I’m looking for. Ideally, I’d love to run a long counter top against the wall to the left of the entrance. The counter top would be supposed by two drawer units with lots of storage. In the right corner of the office, I’d love to have another table that I could designate for sewing and crafting. It’s really annoying taking all of my crafty items out into the dining room since that’s the only table with space.
Here is a rough draft of what I’m thinking. Don’t mind the fact that Ikea hasn’t updated their home planner since 2009, so I can’t even configure current lines of furniture.
I adore the Expedit Workstation from Ikea because it’s the perfect table top for crafts, but it also has storage. I could keep all of my crafts, fabrics, and sewing needs neatly organized in baskets, and tucked away beautifully in the bookcase. Imagine this bad boy in the right hand corner of the office rendering.
Now picture this counter top running from wall to wall, with two drawer units as support.
I’m thinking this is going to come together quite nicely. But, in order to make all of this happen – I must save, save, save. Between furniture, organizational items, accessories and rugs – we’re looking at 700 dollars! Crazy, right? When you think about it though, it’s not all too bad considering the outcome and how great it’ll be! Like every project in the Evans’ household, this one will most certainly be done in pieces.
Dare I say it is Craig’s List time? Purge party!
Love, J and A