Day 3 :: Spring Into Organization Tour Home #5:: My Small Home Office

Welcome to our home here in Greenville, SC!

Please come in and make yourself at home!

Today, for the first time ever on my blog, 
I will be sharing the small office (10' X 10') I share with my husband, with you!

Here it is.

Let's start with the closet.

I sell on etsy, Amazon, Craigslist, and eBay, and so this closet stores the stuff I need 
to package and ship the sold items.

Other categories also kept here:

Packing Supplies (tape, tags, box labels)
Cutting Tools (Creative Memories Paper Cutter, Circle Cutter, and scissors)
Adhesives (Super Glue, Elmer's, hot glue gun)
Card Making Supplies (tape, glitter)
Craft Stuff (paint, paint brushes, etc.)
Gift Wrapping (bags, tissue, boxes)
School Supplies (binders, paper, folders, pencils, pens)
Picture Frames
Gifts (to give)

Our paper shredder stays hidden in here, too.

The right side of the closet holds scales, air pillows, paper wadding, peanuts, and shredded paper.

Hanging on the door are a few of my favorite things.
However, I don't use them for laundry. I use them for donations as I collect them
from around the house. They're quite handy and inexpensive.

I try to remember these things.

On the other side of the room, I hung an old cabinet,
and I use baskets to hide all the gadgets and such that could 
so easily get lost in a drawer somewhere.

My hubby, Mark, is a "Gadget Guy", but I like things pretty.
So, this is what he gets from living with me.

 I try to remember this, too.

Waiting to be used, is a piece of chalk that is held on one of the doors with two cup hooks.

He is also a Professional Organizer.
A few years ago, he worked with me, full-time, for a year.
He loves to label things. I love them labeled, so we make a good team!

On the side of our desk is a handy-dandy clipboard holder.

The top clipboard holds weekly blog calendar printables for bloggers,
that I found HERE at Living Lucurto.
The bottom clipboard are forms for the use in completing projects room by room,
as we stage our home to sell this year.

This basket contains our most-used file folders.
I was inspired by an idea at my friend (and fellow home stager) Kate's place,
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating.

This desk was found on the side of the road, 
and the shelves above it, in a friend's trash can.
I painted everything vanilla-ish white, and now they get along with each other.
I added the pulls found HERE and French numbering.
So I thought.
(My college Junior, Miss S, who's in her second year of French,
informs me that "ONE" is actually spelled "UN", not "UNE".
Thanks a lot Google Translate. (Next time, I'll just ask Miss S.)
She also informs me that the other numbers ARE in fact, spelled correctly.

The top drawer, pared down, then pared down some more.
How much do we REALLY use, anyway?
Here's something we use several times a week,
a Receipt Catcher, it keeps those pesky, cluttery, easily misplaced receipts categorized.

Drawer Deux.
What we need and use, nothing more.

I could write a whole other post (or five) about how to organize your paper.
But, for this post, you'll see that we divide our paperwork into major categories first,
using hanging files, then subdivide those with manilla folders inside the hanging ones.

Some Major Categories and some subcategories we use:

(To Be Scanned, To Be Photoshopped)

(Estate Planning, Annual Credit Reports, 401K Plan)

(Elementary, Middle School, High School, College Forms and Grades)

(Natural Gas, Water, Mortgage, Cable, Electricity)

Income Tax
(A file for each of the last 7 years)

(Home Appliances, Personal Appliances, Electronics, Furniture)

In the desk area, we keep memorabilia and things that personally inspire us.

On the desk, to the right of the PC, there's this jar.
It's filled with bird feathers. These feathers were collected and saved through the years
by my grandmother, who loved wild birds and had her own parakeets.
This jar reminds me of her. It's no surprise I love birds, too, is it?

On the flower frog, is a picture of my GREAT-grandmother's home in Clinton, Wisconsin,
taken circa 1921. Though I'll never know for sure, I imagine the house is yellow,
and I am reminded that my great grandmother, who took the picture
and had it reproduced postcard-style, had a love for her home, too.

Behind the PC is another favorite thing, a Brother P-Touch Printer
It connects with the PC and I can create just about any type of label with it.

To the left of the monitor is our Canon Pixma MG8120 printer.
Copy/Photo/Scan all-in-one. Simpleness in Office Gadget form.
It's a beautiful thing. 
(And a tad dusty. The maid quit today. Okay, the maid is actually me.)

"M" for Mark.
The ship was Mark's grandfather's and it plugs in and lights up.
The wire basket holds my journals through the years, and my day planner.

This picture is of me as a three year-old.
(I can't believe they got me to hold still for this picture. I must have been bribed.
It probably involved chocolate.)

I found the clock-face printable in the round, black frame HERE

Photographs from 1880-now.
My collection of life:beautiful magazines. More of my FAVORITE things.

A vintage scale, flower frog atop of it, covered books, and God's Word.

I found this huge frame at Hobby Lobby.
It measures 3 feet tall by 5 feet wide.
When I first saw it in the Clearance section, it was marked down to $65.00.
I waited a few more weeks.

See what I paid?

I cut a huge piece of cardboard to fit in the frame, and covered it dropcloth fabric.

It displays a pencil sketch of my kitchen by Jeep, our Chinese exchange student.
Jeep also wrote the Chinese idiom that reminded him of me: "Childish one without Limit".
It also holds my hubby's and my first business card, the tag from my childhood cat, Doorbell,
a pencil sketch of jars from Miss Lovely, our South Korean exchange student,
my color wheel and 1/4" scale furniture stencil from my first Interior Design course
years ago, the staging color paint chips for our home,
a drawing of the TARDIS (are any of you Dr. Who fans?) and a watercolor abstract
by our Miss A, and a photograph of Miss A and Miss Lovely.
We also have a Thai exchange student.
(I need to get something on the board from him, too.)

Near the closet is an etagere.
It holds the cubbies that came with the ugly desk that was found on the side of the road.

Also, paper.

Envelopes and cards.
Labels and photo paper.
And Manilla folders.

Thank you, everyone for stopping by today!
I'm honored to have had you visit me!
I hope I have inspired you to make your office a place of calm creativity!

Please rest a moment an peruse the Cottage Living mags
(These were discontinued, but do any of you have any?),
while I get you a cup of tea before you're on your way to Home #6.

Please have a beautiful, blessed day!

Warm goodbye hugs!


The next stop on the tour is Becky's Home.
She blogs at Clean Mama, and she is one cool lady!

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  1. Such a pretty office Leslie and love how organized you have it!

  2. You guys are so, um , well, er, organised!
    I feel so messy! Must get back to my spring cleaning :-)

  3. I also want some make over on my home because I want new look on my interior design and I want it looks more attractive.


  4. Such a lovely office space. Very well organized and welcoming.

  5. Leslie, it's GORGEOUS! I'm so inspired - I'm getting ready to do something in my home office and I love all this!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I love that it's a shared space between you and your husband AND that it looks so great and functional. You must make a great team!
    xo, Becky

  7. What a beautiful room! Love all the little organizational details yet pretty and functional as well. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us today!

  8. Very gorgeous! You my friend, have made me realize, I'm a little lacking in the organization department. You've inspired me to change my ways, and get our important papers filed and labeled. I have them all together, but not very neatly. We don't have a home office, so the space I do have assigned, is going to be redone. Thank ya!

  9. great tour! i love how there is a story behind every piece of furniture (how great you rescued your desk and gave it new life!) and thoughtful planning for all your storage solutions - your gadget cupboard and paper systems are just fabulous!


  10. Yeah!! I like!

    Looking forward to making my own office one day.

    I would like you to see my latest. I am now a home-business owner and jewelry designer. Please visit me!

    Be blessed!


  11. I've been waiting for this post, Leslie! Your office is so elegant and unoffice looking! You both did a great job. You've got everything so neat and in its place. Love the numbered baskets. I'm going to have to go through this post a few times for some ideas!

  12. Thank you so much for the shout-out about my paper file that inspired you, Leslie!! Very sweet of you. :) Your office and closet are just awesome!! You have used every space of your small room so efficiently, it is just perfect. You've given me tons of ideas. Thanks again! xoxox

  13. Great office space! Amazing how you've made use of the small office. I love the bulletin board, and as a mom with many children who frequently come home with feathers - I'm adopting your jar idea. Thank you!

  14. Boy, do you have function and beauty in one small space. You are fortunate to have a husband who is also a professional organizer. My husband is a professional disorganizer. Never the less, you are inspiring me to do better.

    Barbara in Connecticut

  15. Your office is beautiful, and beautifully organized!

  16. I love the chalk board & chalk holder. . . what a great idea!

  17. I am so inspired!!! What a lovely, smart use of space. You have such a talent!

  18. thanks for the tour. lots of great ideas!


  19. I was delighted to see that you live in Greenville--my daughter is a freshman at BJU! Your blog is such a blessing-I'm so happy to have "met" you! I see we have many, many of the same interests...including our Lord, organizing and the Crisis Pregnancy center (ours is CareNet). I would luv to meet you for a cup of tea somewhere the next time I visit my daughter at school. We live in WA it may be awhile! ;p Come see my blog....

  20. thanks for the tour ! very inspiring ! I wish I could have the time/money/energy to do the same ! :o))
    Juste one thing to reassure you about your French : 'one' could also be spelled 'une', when you talk about something 'feminine' (you know, all that boring gender stuff in french ...). So it's not really wrong ! :o)

    Sylvie, from France

  21. Day 3? Oh my, where have I been?
    It's all beautiful as always, Leslie, but not more than you.
    My favorite is the little note on the bulletin board that says, "Live Simply." :)
    Love and blessings.

  22. Very, very nice! I love organized spaces. My office is not much bigger (10x12) and you have given me a new perspective on furniture placement. I also have 2 similar chairs (mine have petite arms on them) that I used to have in the office but moved to the living room but have been thinking about moving them back to my office. I also have a window (actually 2 narrow windows) in the same spot you do and the chairs would look good there. I do not however, have a closet in the room, unfortunately. Just goes to show you can do so much even in a small room with good organization. Nice job!

  23. Very organized indeed! Ohhh Cottage Living Magazine!!! I love those magazines! I still have some laying around. Great post, thanks for sharing.

  24. Lovely and organized but such wonderful use of a small room!

  25. One can be spelled either UN or UNE in French, depending on what you are counting.

  26. You have packed tons of awesome storage in this space. I love the color too. The whole room is functional and beautiful.

  27. Great office space! Offices are one of my favorite spaces to gaze at, and yours is nice and roomy with lots of history and character! Love that almost everything in there has a story. First time visitor and new follower! Yay for blogger home tours!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  28. What a wonderful workspace. I absolutely LOVE the wire basket you have on the desk. Fabulous job!

  29. I love it! Such a great organized space. I love the baskets too that you have around the room. Great deal on the corkboard. I wish I could find deals like that!!

  30. Wow! Such amazing organization every where and it looks pretty, too! :-)

  31. Are you sure that room is only 10 X 10? I'm, first amazed to find someone else has a room as small as my craft room/office, second to see it so organized and spacious looking. Thanks tons for the inspiration. BTW, your exchange student is correct in the UN is A correct spelling for one in French, but UNE is also correct depending on the noun it goes with. As you probably know, in French words are male and female (never understand that concept). You would say UNE fenetre (window) but UN chat (cat). :-)

  32. Such a lovely lovely space! You have such a large assortment of great systems to make it work for you! That gadget cabinet really makes my heart smile! <3


  33. Love the PHP / MySQL book you've got on the shelf :)

  34. Leslie,

    What a gorgeous work space you have created! Everything in the room serves a purpose and has a place where it belongs. You are the Queen of Organization. Do you make house calls? :) I especially love the jar full of collected bird feathers and the photograph of your Grandmother's home.
    Happy Spring!


  35. Hi - I read your blog because you said you were from Greenville! I was raised there but now live in Southern California. My parents are still living there. I enjoyed your organized office - GREAT job!

    Best to you -

    Shannon Smith

  36. A beautiful office, you have inspired me to do mine up a little. I love your wall colour. Oh and you can use "une" - depends if it is a feminine article you are counting.

  37. Your house is beautiful and so nicely organized. Thank you for sharing

  38. It looks so pretty, Leslie! You are a great source of organizing ideas!

  39. Leslie, it's amazing! I love the way it's so calm and clean and organized. And yes, I recognize that the KEY to that is getting rid of stuff. I know this intellectually. I know it in my head. Now I need to learn it in my body!

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful space. And thanks for joining Grace at Home!

  40. Oh, I miss Cottage Living SO MUCH!

  41. Love the home office! The craft supplies are so neat and tidy!

  42. Oh, I love it. You are so organized, and you share the space too! I'm pinning ton of ideas from you, maybe one day I'll be able to organize my work/life like this:)


  43. Leslie, your office is amazing! I could work in there all day, and this is the perfect blue paint color! Great job!

  44. Love your room..My husband is in Walhalla now and I visited for the first time to the US last December and we drove to Grenville so I feel extra connected tonight from Adelaide Australia

  45. Hello, Love the organization and keeping it simple with only the necessary things! I was curious because you mention you do a lot of eBay, Amazon, etc. As far as shipping supplies - do you ever use boxes? I'm having a hard time figuring out how/where to store boxes for shipping. Right now, there is a large "pile" of them in my garage. I've tried putting smaller ones inside bigger ones but then it makes it difficult to find them. Just haven't found something that works. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi! I hope you get this reply :)
      I use boxes every time. They are at the top left of my closet. I flatten each one and store them in a big Rubbermaid bin.
      You have to flatten them to store them.
      Happy selling! I hope that helps!

    2. Thanks for your info. You are right - I guess flattening the boxes would be the best. Then, I guess you put them back together and tape them up to ship? I'll have to "file" them according to size.

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  48. Leslie, I LoVE your gadget cabinet!! Where oh where did you find it? I'm looking for a similar style for magazines/mail, etc. Medicine cabinets are too narrow and other 2door cabinets I've come across seem to be floor cabinets instead of on the wall. Thanks.

  49. Love the cabinet with baskets for electronic cords! Nice organization!


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