The Bookcase and Our Home Office

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The bookcase is here! It legitimizes the space I call our home office:



Meaning, I no longer refer to it as That Messy Corner In Our Bedroom. It is now, our Home Office. (Thank you, Bookcase.)

While the magical bookcase was still in the box, waiting for assembly, I combed through a lot of dusty papers. Big Guy helped me shred enough to fill two large garbage bags. He was thrilled with that job, carefully inserting each page, watching it shred, monitoring the fullness of the bin, and they emptying it. Loud grinding machinery coupled with a sense of responsibility is heaven on earth for a 5 year old boy. We shredded, recycled and threw away until I made all of our files fit into two drawers. This is a large accomplishment, since I have a paper-oriented husband who loves to save things. He has not been part of the purging process, so his stuff remains. One of these days, we'll sort through that, too. :)

By the way, this loosely fits in with One Bite at a Time, Project 21 - Organize Your Files. (I'm still working through that book, but the link up isn't happening anymore so I'm not writing about it on a regular basis. I know you were seriously confused and wondering about that . . . ) In One Bite, Tsh advises keeping very little and staying on top of the filing. Easier said than done.

But, since I don't ever want to spend multiple days filing, shredding and sorting again, I feel motivated. Plus that empty "In" box looks fantastic.



For more on filing, what to keep, and how to do it, check out Simple Notebook's post, Clear the Clutter: Limit the File Storage. Clearly, I'm not down to one box, but I get what she is saying.


The bookcase is purely functional for now. It isn't arranged with any sense of style, and it isn't holding any books. It contains notebooks, business stationary, business checkbooks, extra computer cords, etc. It is func-tion-al. Still, I like the style and it definitely makes the entire area less cluttered. Even better, my desk is all about the office now. It is amazing how these two things work together: the bookcase makes the desk neater, and vice versa. No more socks or jewelry in the desk drawers and no more fire extinguishers or broken picture frames on the shelves.

Are you wondering what happened to the old shelves that were in the office?


The 5 year old shredder took it. The enormous under-the-bed storage container where I had him keeping his Legos was NOT working. He couldn't find anything in there and it was never actually under the bed. He needs them out at eye level, and I need to know that there are not 557 loose Legos and other odds and ends under his bed gathering dust.





Cleaning his room to get to this point reminded me that Big Guy is a collector of things, like his dad. No rock or scrap of paper is uncherished . . . which is kind of sweet but will also lead me to my next major project (when I have the time) - a super duper colossal toy purge.

Stay tuned . . . but don't tell my kids.

Linking with:
Pancakes and French Fries - The William Morris Project (love Jules, you must check this out)

and a new place for me:
StudioJRU
because organizing is me being creative . . . or rather, the space is more calming now, and that is a thing of beauty.


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23 Responses to “The Bookcase and Our Home Office”

  1. Looks great! I'm all about functional furniture - especially if it's cute too (as yours is)! And I love that you got your son involved WITH you instead of being frustrated by his "help" - well done!

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  2. Ah, so that is the key to shredding! Last year I shredded my piles upon piles of junk mail--and now manage to shred as I go. SO much better. Now I'm halfway through my files (from when we were instructed to keep 5-7 years worth--GAH!); it's currently in my closet. Because shredding makes me grouchy. 

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  3. I really need to buy a shredder! I love that you were able to make so much progress in your home office and that you were able to re-purpose that furniture into something great for your son's Legos. We have Legos and...ugh. They drive me bonkers!

    Great job! :)

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  4. It looks wonderful! I really need to make paper shredding part of our routine. I did move it next to the mail center, but perhaps if I emptied it we could actually use it...

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  5. Wow--that is amazing--two boxes--that's all your files? I have only two out--but a huge 4 drawer cabinet in the basement means I can be very lazy.

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  6. The bookcase looks wonderful! Nice job! Compacting an office is no easy task...

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  7. Thanks, Carrie. My son ended up being a huge help - and he made it kind of fun!

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  8. Shredding makes me grouchy too - although it can be kind of therapeutic in a strange way :)

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  9. I love your true story and I can just see your "big guy" doing the shredding!  Such fun!  And what a good use for the old shelves.   Stories like this are welcome on my new Blog Party Site "Tell Me a True Story"  How about visiting there next Tuesday.  Site opens Monday night at 9:00PM pacific time.  http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks, Jules. I love seeing the work you've done - you inspire me! Also, I have a serious love/hate relationship with Legos. If I step on one more . . . 

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  11. At least it is in the basement! All that stuff piling up in our bedroom had to go. Thanks for commenting, Alana.

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  12. Ah, the emptying . . . it is a pain.

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  13. Good for you!  i have so many great ideas swimming around in my head.  I need to let them out!
    Great motivation.

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  14. Looks great! The shelf really does seem to compliment the space well. Going through our filing cabinet is one of my upcoming tasks...but I think I'll hold off on the things I see first for a while. For now, it's mission enough to keep the inbox empty :)

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  15. Love the organization...and the last pictures of your little one under the bed!  We actually use the areas under our bed for storage...since there are no closets in this apartment.  Totes and risers work wonders! =)

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  16. some awesome progress ...love proof in photos ...

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  17. What A Wonderful Contrast! So Clean And Organized. You've Inspired Me ~ Have A Glorious Weekend!

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  18. Yes, organizing is creative!  Under the bed has been and will always remain a mystery...why don't they include that in the mom manual?  Oh yes, there isn't a mom manual!  Blessings (Coming from Studio JRU)

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  19. I agree... organizing is creative! Your home office looks wonderful. I love the bookcase! "No rock or scrap of paper is uncherished"... love it... I can relate! :) So happy you joined us 'in the studio'! 

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  20. Thanks for being so welcoming, Jennifer! You host a beautiful space and create beautiful art.

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  21. Thank you so much Courtney! Hope to see you join us again!!

    On Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:33:05 -0000

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