Necessary Background: My husband works from home, building a comprehensive tax & financial planning business for small business owners. We moved to Oregon (and made the transition to self-employment) in the middle of tax season (ie the busiest time of year for his kind). He set up a desk, hooked up his computer and canon-balled into his work. The office sort of became the place to put all the things we didn't have a place for. The door was always shut. Out of sight out of mind. Which was mostly fine. Except that poor Nate was in there. All day. Every day. He recently took an eight day business trip. And I saw a golden window of opportunity. When he left, the office looked like this:
shudder*) Chilling, isn't it? Boxes everywhere. Trash in the corners (too busy to run it out to the garage??) Sticky notes aplenty on the walls. Chaos and disorder at every turn. While he was gone I went to work sorting, organizing, recycling and rearranging.
Here's what he came home to:
not even close), but it does make a case for organization and de-cluttering. And, quite frankly, it was more about the gesture than the room.
Please keep in mind that this is a man's space -- frilly trinkets and thrifted treasures (much as we love them) just weren't in order. We bought everything we needed for this project at Target. For the storage baskets, the bulletin boards and the lamp, I think we spent about $175. Not exactly a shoe-string, but not a bank-buster either. Please also keep in mind that we are renting this home. I think sometimes we let temporary-ness keep us from really settling in and making home. We shouldn't. I like to blame the still-white walls on our renter status (when in reality it was just my own laziness that kept those walls white!)
loves a dry erase board. Asked for one for Christmas one year (like 3 years ago) he loves 'em so much.)
The giant clothespin is by far Henry's favorite part of the office spruce-up. I think it's pretty cool, too. The reading lamp and pillow cozy up this awesome chair we inherited from Nate's grandma. The painting is one I ordered from Crate & Barrel (clearance!) with the remains of our wedding credit. It's been in a plastic storage sleeve for seven years; it is really happy to have a stretch of wall space - at last!
So, there you have it. A room re-do that speaks more to functionality and order than knock-your-socks off design. But it also speaks to love. And to one girl's genuine adoration for her husband - and her desire for his space to be a tiny shadow of how neat and charming she thinks he is.