Up until 6 weeks ago I was working a full time job and working as an home organizer in my spare time for about 1.5 years. I was very lucky where I could take time from my job to work on my passion of helping others create calm not only in their homes but also in their mind.

So I decided my home office needed an extreme make over and organization asap! I needed to work in an environment where I felt excited to be in, not cluttered as this creates clutter in the mind and effects the ability to be as productive as you would be in an organized area.

My first steps was to decide on a budget, have an idea in mind of what I was looking for and for me my main needs were:
– less clutter on my desktop
– more storage area for miscellaneous items
– photos, objects from family vacations and memories
– an inspirational quote
– clean, orderly feel to it
– share a small space for toys

A lot to ask I know when you see the before photo, but I was determined to do it for a budget of $300 and I did! The first thing I did was look through pinterest to see what others had created for themselves and take bits and pieces of what I liked to create my ideal home office or as close to for my budget.

I decided not to face the window as the glare can effect my eyes and I wanted to see the family and dog (although he is part of the family) as they walked into the room. Ideally I would have liked to have more desk space under the shelves but that was not in the budget as I used my old desk. I had not anticipated the back of the desk looking like it did (it had been a while since I had seen the back) but that’s ok I headed to Rona, purchased some thin white plywood and glued it to the back – perfect and it only cost $18.

Next was to create that open feel so I got rid of the shelving that went above the computer and opened the space up. I needed to declutter and rehome items that didn’t really need to be in the home office really – such as my Harry Potter books – yes guilty! And for me I wanted as much of a clear desk as possible so I decluttered the drawers on either side and moved the pens, pencils, paper clips, USB drives etc into a drawer using a drawer insert to keep organized. Second as to buy a slim line light and by adding the storage shelving behind the desk and at the end I had ample storage for all my bits and pieces!

I know it can be overwhelming especially half way through the project and you see all the mess lying around and you think “what have I started and am I ever going to find a place for everything?” I have clients say this alot and it will prevent them from starting that project whether it is due to time or budget. For me it did take me three days to complete this as I didn’t do it all at once as I did not have the time to put aside 6 or so hours all at once and I am ok with that so long as I keep focused on the big picture.

Now I am excited to be offering a step by step home office organization plan at an affordable price and it can all be done online! Check out the details at the end of this article and look forward to working with you!

Products purchased:
4 cube storage from Ikea – $59.99 Kallax shelf unit http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20275814/
2 shelf wall unit from Ikea – $39.99 Billy Bookcase http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/80263832/
Shelves on wall from Ikea – $29.99 each Ekby Tony http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S79929647/
Brackets for wall shelves from Ikea – $20.00 Bjarnum http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/90136136/
Blue boxes with lids from Ikea – $20.00 http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20364396/#/70323780
Seagrass baskets from Ikea – $49.98 http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20110540/
Desk lamp from Ikea – $18.99 Harte http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/30266989/
Summera drawer insert from Ikea – $7.99 http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20222458/
Plywood to cover back of desk from Rona – $18.00