My adventures, and misadventures, as I stumble around finding my place in the world.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Organized Work Space

Speaking of school (check out my post here), I decided it was high time to get an organized space going.  Since moving back in the with the folks last spring, my space is somewhat limited.  But with Sister #2 off at college, I decided to commandeer her desk area, and give it a little inexpensive face lift.

Here's what I started with:

Gotta love the outdated calendar and the Gandhi Poster!

A little messy, since it is full of things she didn't need at school with her.  I did a little shopping at my go-to spot, Ikea!  I picked up a plain white magnetic board, some fabric - I needed less than a yard, but have plans for the left over fabric! (I loved the blue and white pattern with the small hints of orange - this was my color scheme), magnets in orange and white (they matched my fabric so perfectly, it was unbelievable!),  small magnetic boxes, matching orange and white magazine holders, and a couple paper boxes in the same shade of orange.  Overall I spent just around $50, which I was more than ok with.

Home I went, happy as could be with my organization goodies.  First thing I did was iron the fabric to make sure there were no wrinkles.

Next up, it I plugged in the trusty old glue gun, and let it heat up.

Then, I measured my fabric and cut a piece big enough to cover the magnetic board.  Then I spread out the fabric, put the magnetic board on top and glued around the edges.  Once I got to the corners, I trimmed the sides and wrapped like a present, gluing as I went.
Wrap the corner like a present
 I had decided to prop the board against the wall, rather than hang it, but I took the time to trim off the fabric where the nail holes were incase I decide to hang it on a wall in the future.
If you plan to hang your board, steer clear of the nail holes
Here it is all wrapped and finished.
And the front view, propped against the wall.
Sorry for ALL the crooked's my lack of picture taking abilities, the room is straight!
And now with the matching magnets...I love it!
See the subtle hints of orange in the fabric?
Here is my finished board, covered in the essentials.
Again with the crooked picture taking...ahhh
I added a magnetic box on each side, one to hold things like a ruler, scissors, tape and the other to hold extra magnets.
Because my board is propped against the wall, the boxes are resting on the table, but they have hefty magnets and would stick to the board if it was hanging on a wall.
Then I have a couple pictures, coupons, and a weekly meal planner.
And of course a monthly pad of paper to jot down quick notes and make lists.  Pretty soon I need to go find my February list...yikes!
On each side of the board I added my magazine holders.  I love that the orange and white help tie everything together.  One side holds cooking magazines, like the Food Network and Everyday with Rachel Ray goodies.
The other side holds decorating and household magazines, like Veranda, and Good Housekeeping.
Then I put together and added the cute paper boxes on top of the wooden filing cabinet (sister #2 painted that herself!).  One box holds craft supplies, the other holds school papers.  I still need to label them, but I like the nice and organized way to hide some of my mess.
Here's an overview of what my small area of the desk looks like.  Much better huh?
And we can't forget the Easy Embroidery Project I made here.  And the Even easier Yarn Wreath I made here.
Now I just need to get started on some more crafts and school work...yippee!

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  1. So cute! I am in love with red & blue too! Popping by from the DIY Showoff :)

  2. Great ideas! And I love the fabric you used. I am currently reorganizing my work space so this is so useful! Thanks so much for posting.

  3. Love your idea! It came out so cute! I am stopping over from Making the World Cuter and I am a new follower!


  4. What an adorable and colorful workspace! I am all about organization and am in the process of organizing my home one room at a time lol. I am visiting from Tutorial Tuesdays from Hope Studios. I linked an organized closet on there.

    Great job!

  5. I work from home now so my desk is my kitchen table...but my sister Christi has an office and last time I was in there she was in need of some organization! I sent her this link, hope she doesn't get mad at me :) Great organization and would love to have you link it up to our party!

  6. Could I please ask you to come back and re-link up your post. I didn't realize I had to pick thumbnail and had picked picture which didn't actually show any picture. Thanks.

  7. Sure thing, thanks for having me!

  8. I love this! It looks great! Following you from DIY Designs linky party!

  9. Great idea. I love the fabric choice. Thanks so much for coming back and re-linking up. A few technical difficulties at the beginning of the party...but I figured it all out. Thanks again.

  10. Lovin' the fabric, was that from ikea also? stop by

  11. yep, also Ikea -

  12. So fun!! I just bought the black and white magnets like that from Ikea 2 days ago! I loved the magnetic boards, but thought I would try and get some metal and cover it from the hardware store instead.
    I want to put it up above my desk. Aren't those the cutest? You did great.
    Thanks for linking this up to my link party!

  13. Thanks! I just took a look around your page, and I'm your newest follower! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Just delete this if it is a duplicate. lol I left you a comment, but I don't remember if I had to do the anti-bot code or not, so I'm not sure if it went through. But... I wanted to let you know that I am featuring you tomorrow on my blog, so stop by and pick up your button for being featured on Organizing Mission Monday. Thanks!

  15. I love the idea of wrapping the board with fabric! I have two small magnetic boards that no longer fit our color scheme. I'm totally borrowing this idea and trying the fabric.


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