This post was written in collaboration with Birch Lane.
In not-organization news I spent a not-productive Sunday watching an entire marathon of Flea Market Flip.
Have you ever seen that show?
It features two teams of two people who meet at a flea market and are given a certain amount of money and an hour and three categories of projects to create and they have to shop the market and buy loads of sad, neglected parts of this and that and turn it into something amazing. Then then the next day they bring their treasures back to the market and try to sell them and whoever makes the most profit wins $5000.
I know all of this because I spent hours yesterday watching the show.
I couldn’t help it.
As soon as I saw the teams I would start rooting for one of them and when I saw what they bought I had to see what they turned it into and then I had to see who won. And I kept thinking that this was going to be the last show and that any minute an episode of House Hunters was about to be on.
Good thing I got all organized before the whole Flip Market Flip debaucle.
And here’s how I did it.
We have this tiny room tucked away under the stairs in our house.
Here’s what it looked like when we moved in and added some shelving.
Here’s another before styled with paint rollers.
We re-did the office and painted it white and I posted about it about a year and a half ago and then everyone kind of forgot about it which is easy to do because it’s behind the door under the stairs.
I just rediscovered it and decided that I was going to stake my claim on the space.
So I cleaned everything out and started with a blank slate that looked like this.
And here’s the other side.
And I fluffed and added organization and created a wrapping station and places for all that Thistlewood stuff.
And a place for my laptop.
And now it looks like this.
I kind of simplified everything.
And it feels wonderful.
First I cleared all the nonsense off the shelf and added baskets.
Glorious, wonderful, incredible baskets that you can’t see through.
Or woven storage bins if you are fancy. 🙂
Here’s a close-up.
I clipped a marquee letter on the front of the in-going basket and the out-going basket.
It looks so much neater than the piles of papers that were there before.
I used an old shutter and clipped on a notepad with another clothespin.
You could also add sticky notes to the shutter.
Or important reminders.
Here’s the other side of the space.
We added these filing cabinets before and they are the perfect size for the space and I’m going to use the top for a wrapping station.
I added wrapping paper to this basket.
It came in a set of three and this is the smallest one for scale.
On the empty wall, I hung the ribbon from a metal scissor rack.
Best. Decision. Ever.
I love how I can see all the ribbons. I had them in a bin before and now I can see everything I have.
I added a chair to the space to create a desk for my laptop.
Then I filled a galvanized tin with office supplies for easy desk organization.
It’s all here in this tiny little space.
Leaving me plenty of extra time in my day…..
….just in case I happen upon another Flea Market Flip marathon. 🙂
PS Two more organization ideas for the road.
I added these baskets to the top of the hutch.
The better to store my paper goods for parties.
And this rolling basket to the family room.
It’s a little pricey, but worth every. single. cent.
It’s heavy and large and amazing quality.
And it has these awesome rolling wheels.
The better to store blankets and extra pillows for the fall and winter ahead and a great way to clean up the room in a second when I hear the doorbell ring.
Not that it’s ever messy.
Me and my Flea Market Flip watching self are way too organized for that. 🙂
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