The last few months have been spent doing a lot of moving and shaking here at The Joyful Organizer. And by that I mean literal moving, and packing, and taping, and labeling, and planning.
We’re moving into a new office space and for the first time ever, it’s a dedicated space just for Joyful Organizer activities. It’s thrilling to be able to plan a space from scratch and to be able to do anything at all that I want. It’s also terrifying. I’ve been in business over a decade and NEVER had my own space.
I wanted to share with you the process, what I bought, and how I’ve arranged things. I also wanted to share some of my favorite products that I’ve inserted into the space.
I started off with picking the wall color. While this may sound crazy to you, I’ve always wanted a grey room. I used a neutral gray…not too dark and not too light….the goldilocks of colors if you will. We used Aura paint by Benjamin Moore and I purchased it in smoke. Well, we started getting it on the walls and it was just too blue. I was bummed out, because paint isn’t cheap and I didn’t think I’d be able to do anything with the gallon we’d just bought. I went back to the paint store and I asked them to make me Shaker Grey. While this wasn’t possible, the awesome clerk made me a custom color and this is the result.
After that, I decided to also go neutral on the furniture. I like plain and I will admit that….I think you can’t go wrong with white 🙂 I added a white Ikea desk and a white set of Ikea Kallax shelves in high gloss white. I went for minimal. I like open space so I can do projects, create, and have room to move around. The desk purposely doesn’t have a lot of space to store items, but plenty of space so I can spread out and work. This teal book shelf is also by Ikea and was just $30. It’s called the FINNBY. Hard to believe it was so inexpensive. It holds a fair amount of books…enough so I have the resource books I need on hand close by and can still have some shelves for my to be read pile.
The desk is smaller than what I had previously. Therefore, I felt I had to be super cautious with what I put on the surface. Everything needed to be worthy…both beautiful and useful.
Some of the things I added:
A small mirrored tray (found at Home Goods) and filled it with my necessities such as stamps, address labels, and post it notes.
All of the pens and markers I use regularly are in hob nail containers. They sit on a mirrored tray (from Magnolia). There’s also a Buddha head, bamboo plant, place for my planner, a photo of my Grandmother, and some of my most used toiletries like hand sanitizer and tea tree oil.
I hadn’t planned on having any other furniture in the space. However, when I put the space together I had a big gaping hole in the corner. I also had some items that had no home. I wanted to create a tea station and my elephant collection was on safari trying to find a home. I found these ladder shelves on Amazon and they fit the space perfectly. They are not as sturdy as I’d like, but they arrived quickly and look great.
The rolling cart is from Wayfair and I’ll be honest, I don’t love it. It was difficult to assemble, I had to order a replacement part, AND it’s heavy. However, the drawers work well and it’s perfect to store all of the small items I need to keep close by, but don’t want ON my desk. I’ll let you know how I really feel about it in a few months.
Inside the rolling cart I used Three By Three’s organizers. You can learn more about these organizers in this blog post. However, I think you can see, they are effective, and beautiful.
There will be a second part to this post…coming soon!