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When Dave and I moved into our new home, we excitedly began unpacking, organizing, and decorating. Unfortunately, my home office took a bit of a backseat. It was the room that wasn’t being utilized by both of us that didn’t serve daily living functions. Therefore, it became a bit of a dumping ground for boxes, belongings, and workout equipment. After about two months, just when I had finally begun to organize the contents and put them in piles to be put into permanent homes, we adopted our cat, Obi. We wanted him to have space where he could escape the dog easily, so we put a gate at my office door at that became his room. Meaning all of the belongings that had been scattered on the floor were shoved into the office closet so he wouldn’t destroy anything.
Now, five months after moving into our first house, I’ve finally made some major progress in the office! I’m an organization nerd and like everything to have a home, so I knew that needed to be first priority over decorating. Since I’m lucky enough to have an entire room all myself that includes a closet, I decided to take on the office closet as the organization hub for the room! This was a huge step for me toward being more productive in this room because visual clutter is a huge distraction for me.
The closet in this room actually had a decent closet system when we moved in. However, it was being used as a bedroom, and the closet reflected that. Most of the closet had been devoted to rods for hanging clothes, leaving only about one-third of the closet with functional shelf space. Since I’m using the room as an office and don’t need to hang anything, it definitely wasn’t working for me! Luckily, I was able to partner with Rubbermaid to design a closet that actually worked for my office using their Rubbermaid HomeFree series.
Using the Rubbermaid Storage Planner, I actually had the opportunity to completely design the closet layout. It was super easy to design the office closet (and it would be even easier to use the tool to design a bedroom closet because they provide suggestions based on the size of your closet!)
Once you’ve designed your closet, the Rubbermaid Storage Planner provides you with a printable list of which kit to buy, as well as which additional pieces you’ll need. It literally could not be easier! We were seriously in an out of Lowes within five minutes because we had an itemized list of what we needed.
Since I was mostly looking for just additional shelf-space, I didn’t have to buy many pieces. I ended up needing the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ 4-ft to8-ft White Adjustable Mount Wire Shelving Kit, and added the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ White Wood 2-Drawer Unit and Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ White Wood 3-Shelf Unit. I honestly think the drawer unit and the shelf unit make a huge difference in making the whole system pop!
Whether you’ve got a large closet or a small one, you can use the HomeFree series. It fits anything from 3 to 10 feet! Plus you can use it for reach in or walk in closets.
Let me just say, I am so lucky Dave is willing to set aside an afternoon and help me with projects because it all went so much faster.
If you’re taking on this project yourself, nothing to worry about! The system is completely customizable and adjustable, but it also requires zero cutting and it super easy to install! Plus, you can aways go back and adjust later, so the closet can grow with you (meaning make sure to hang onto any pieces you don’t use right away!)
I can’t even tell you how happy I am to have this project finished and a functional closet to work with! I’ve still got some work to do on the rest of my office, but having this space finished is definitely a relief.
While we were making changes, I also decided to remove the closet doors right away. In this particular room, they just aren’t necessary. And removing makes the closet seem like a really nice little nook now!
I’ll think I’ll probably be spending quite a few weeks experimenting with how I want to organize all of my supplies in the closet. I’ve got everything from our personal paperwork to art supplies in here, so I’m going to see how things play out and decide how I want it all arranged. I do like that I still have some floor space available because I plan to store my tripod there and probably move Obi’s food and water bowl and pillow in there as well.
How do you create a more productive workspace for yourself?
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