Well, it's finished - almost! There are a few little details to be taken care of - like labeling and filing, but the majority of the work has been done. All I have to say is thank goodness for the playroom because just about every evening for the past few weeks Nick and I have taken the girls downstairs and they have been keeping busy playing (for the most part!) while we have been organizing away.
We got the IKEA EXPEDIT shelving unit and I love it! It has just enough room to fit everything, but is small enough to force me to purge, and purge we did! We donated, recycled, and threw away at least half of what was on the large and small bookshelves and the contents of our files. I also moved some things around and got rid of a few pieces of furniture.
Are you ready to see what it looks like? Here you go...
You'll notice there is no desk and that is because we decided that we really don't need one. We both have desks at work, and TRY to keep our work at work. My laptop and Nick's ipad go with us everywhere around the house so we didn't feel like we needed a place to keep them. If we need table space, we either use the dining room table or the kitchen counter.
Want another look? Check it out...
I turned the back corner into a sort of bar area and since that is kind of Nick's domain, I added his replica high school helmet to give the corner a Nick feel.
Here's one more before and after...
Did you notice how the Keurig was on the wine fridge before? I moved the utility cart to where the wine fridge is and made a coffee area. We keep the Keurig downstairs because we don't use it that often and it takes up too much space on the kitchen counter, but at least now there is room to make a cup of coffee when it does get used and to top it all off, there is room on the utility cart for when I need a little desk space.
Well, what do you think? I'm loving it! In a future post I'll explain how I organized all of the stuff we didn't purge so that I can find and file things easier, but here's a sneak peek at how I have decided to organize all the pens, notepads, paperclips, etc.
P.S. I just have to add this disgusting picture because look what I found making a home in the corner behind one of the shelves...