Work Space Revamp: Creating an Office Command Center
THIS IS A SPONSORED POST THROUGH NATIONAL HARDWARE. ALL OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN!
Last week I hit a breaking point with my office niche. I just had enough with the clutter, piles of paper, and disorganization.
Since I’ve given up hope on keeping the rest of the house tidy while the kids are still out of school on Summer break (still a month to go till school starts in our neck of the woods…), I thought it’d be best to put my time + attention + energy on my little nook in the home, my desk…
For a while I’ve been thinking about saying adios to my beloved large inspiration board. As much as I love it, I knew the large span of wall could be better utilized. It was a bit sad to take down all the pretty + inspiring pictures (no worries, I didn’t toss them but instead stuck them in a folder for now), but once the board was removed, a world of ideas came fluttering to my head.
In no time (well it did take some time), I had a plan of action, my desk space was spruced up, and a new command center for my office supplies was created…
The command center all came together around the new pegboard.
I have wanted to work on a project using pegboard for a long time. From the garage to the office to the laundry room, pegboard is great for organizing any nook & cranny of the home and there are a plethora of peg hooks in a range of shapes and sizes to hold and hang whatever you need! For my project, I got my pegboard from Lowe’s and all the hooks came from National Hardware.
When working with pegboard, it needs to have a frame surround to create space behind for the hooks to connect in the holes. For the pegboard in my office, I had the kind people at Lowe’s cut me a 2′ x 4′ piece. Then I painted on a stencil design + created a frame around the outer edge – click for tutorial (I have an alternate pegboard frame tutorial coming soon too).
Before I decked out my new pegboard with all the organizational hooks, this is how it looked…
Let’s get started…
Organizing jars and small trays were the ideal solution for all the smaller necessities in my office. I found the jars perfect for holding pins, paper clips, erasers, labeling tags, etc. And the trays are just the right size for post-its, business cards, and larger tags + labels. As I was laying out my new command center, I was astonished at how much I had to fill these organizational tools!
Another need for organization was a home for my growing washi tape collection. The angle hooks and the hanging bar (from the assortment pack) gave me enough room for all my favorites + space to store more in the future (room for expansion – bonus).
I love that everything is so accessible and easy to get at, yet has a designated spot. And it really is all so pretty to look at too, don’t you think?! I love all the color & patterns.
Also on the new organizational pegboard, I was able to add a hook for my scissors (using a curved hook), hole punch (using a pliers holder), and clipboard that I take with me to client meetings. Above I was able to add a small shelf using shelf brackets.
My revamped work space feels so fresh and new, even though all the elements, with the exception of the pegboard, were here before. It’s amazing how a space can take on a new life with a few simple moves + freshening up!
My work space was freshened up 2+ years ago, and then got an overhaul when it was photographed for Storage magazine (which was on the cover). The stylist brought in the white console table and other organizational items like the baskets, white desk caddy, and orange boxes. I’ve lived with them + loved them for the last years, but found my office wasn’t functioning anymore as my needs have changed.
Over the years, I’ve collected many samples which I’ve organized nicely in the orange boxes which sit on the console top. It is so handy to have them right there to grab and go. And if I want, I can easily put the lids on the boxes for those moments when I want them hidden. I do feel though I am more accountable for keeping tidy + neat when things are open and visible – my laundry room is still looking good since the doors were removed.
These 12″ x 12″ boxes, which were purchased from Homegoods, are ideal for storing all the office supplies. From business cards, to envelopes, to receipts, to paper, everything has a spot!
In the box on the bottom shelf, I store all my camera supplies + cables…
I am a bit bummed not to have my large inspiration board anymore, so I added a small strip of cork (used from a 1/2″ thick sample) about 2″ wide X 24″ long under the pegboard frame to pin special, striking images that I can’t live without… I have another spot that I am thinking of to add more cork panels – my office isn’t complete without having inspiration surround me.
And there you have it. My complete revamped work space. Here’s another overall…
What do you find keeps your office organized?
A few other blogger friends have been hard at work organizing too. Come check out what others have done using pegboard…
Jessica – Four Generations One Roof
Back to School Homework Station
Becky – Organizing Made Easy
Karianne – Thistlewood Farm
Emily – Decor Chick
disclosure: This post is sponsored by National Hardware. They reached out to me about sharing organization tips using pegboard with their many organizational components. They did not tell me what to create or what to say – the project + my words are all 100% my own!