Home Office/Library/Craft Room/Lego Room (Part 2)

The closet has been converted from a regular bi-fold closet door to this nirvana of drawers.  I now have all my stuff neatly organized drawers. Some of the drawers need to be organized a little better before I take pictures, but right now everything has its place and is so beautiful.

The peg-board on the side needs some work, mostly because I put everything into drawers and now I have nothing to put on the pegboard. Muwahaha.

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Closet Breakdown: We took out the doors and painted the inside of the closet a slightly dark grey than the rest of the room and added the following.

  • Drawers: Alex Unit with 9-drawers from Ikea. We used three of them (27 drawers!) and put them straight in. I could have fit one more in, but it would have been very tight.
  • Ledge: Ribba Ledge (45″) from Ikea. For all my little paint jars.
  • Shelf: Billy Wall Shelf from Ikea. Three are two of them, one is really high up for infrequently used items that we can’t through out, but might need (e.g., Resume Folios etc.)
  • Peg Board: From HomeDepot that I painted to match the wall color.

This was NOT an easy project and putting things into a mis-shapen closet is clearly not for the faint of heart.  I love how it turned out and think it is super practical. Now I can easily spend lots of quality time with my Post-It notes and binder clips without having to pull out 6 dozen boxes.

This has happened in my life and I actually cried tears of happiness. I have label for my label maker and my labels.
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Monica (Geller from Friends, for those of you who can’t read my mind) would be so proud of me.

Post-Its to help figure out the drawer contents:
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Home Office/Library/Craft Room/Lego Room (Part 1)

The big project for this summer was to get the office room functional. For the past two years, after minimal organization it had turned into the official dumping ground. That title has now been proudly reclaimed by the garage.

One wall of this room is my dream bookcase. The Lazy Indian Cook Public Service Announcement (TLICPSA): Kids stay in school (for a total of 24 years) and dreams do come true. When I was little, I didn’t dream of weddings or husbands, I dreamed of bookcases. True Story.

The bookcases is very empty because all my books are in a DIFFERENT COUNTRY-CONTINENT-ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. Boo! Acccio Books!

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I have never had a bookcase to work with before, so I did some research. This is what other people said about this process:
Step 1: Clear out all the books and other stuff. I did this, and purged a bunch of books that I had duplicates of or was sure I am never going to read.
Step 2: Put all the books back in and set them up by color/size/aesthetics. <BEGIN RANT> This advice is wrong. Everyone is entitled to their opinion/taste, but in this case it is WRONG. Anyone who styles book cases by color or size is a philistine and should be allowed near books and possible should get off this planet at their earliest convenience. That includes you ❤ Nate Berkus ❤ </END RANT>  Ideally, I would have use the Dewey Decimal system, but I was too lazy.  The first two bookshelves (on the left) are non-fiction. I just put in books by type and frequency of use. A lot of these are my husbands books too. The rest of the three shelves are fiction, organized alphabetically by author’s last name.  I have teeny tiny labels on each shelf to help me (cough – actually my husband) remember where stuff goes. Done
Step 3: Put all your knick knacks etc. back on the bookshelf. I randomly put stuff back because I have zero styling skills. In case you are wondering why  I have some many As and Zs on there (it’s not because I love Azze) but those are mine and the husband’s initials. We have love from A to Z.  White ceramic-ish elephant animal thing shout out to Sherry @ Young House Love.  There is lots of legos on there too.

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Our third bedroom is going to be our home office/library/craft-room/studio. It’s always been my dream to have a room that has wall to wall bookshelves. I measured this room a dozen times within an inch of its life, before we went over to Ikea. Since we don’t have a truck and Ikea is 2.5 hours away, I had this stuff delivered to the house.

The very nice delivery guys came and set all 16,000 boxes in the office. It was after that I realized that we had to move everything out before we could actually build anything in the room. Durrrrrr.

Office - Before

After many days of hard work during a very hot summer, we finally got it done.

Office - After #1

Office - After #2
That’s right! I have a conference table. Family meetings take place. The complaining about me spending money ends soon because the chairs are too little for my husband! I’m an evil genius, if I say so myself. Muwahahahaha!

The components of this room are: