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A little home office update

Being fifty-something, I know the value of brightening up my work space now and again. It’s easy to get complacent about your work environment, especially when you work from a home office. My space was well overdue for a declutter, reorganise and update. I decided to devote a recent Saturday afternoon to spiffying it up. No more and no less.

My first task (and I admit it’s low hanging fruit) was to tidy up my reference books. I’ve been swooning over amazing images on the interwebs of entire walls of books arranged by colour, graduating through the hues of the rainbow.

I only had three shelves to worry about. By the time I culled and decluttered, I only had two … and I’m loving how they shaped up. What do you think? I feel more creative just gazing at them.

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With that done, I turned to my desk, which had degenerated into a beautiful mess of paperwork, books, files, stationery and small electrical appliances (you know: labeller, desk lamp, digital recorder, flash drives, radio, laptop, iPad, camera). I found homes for most of them, but was left with some tired pieces that screamed out for update … a brass desk lamp that I picked up at the market a few years back (the finish is corroded), a wire basket which I use to store reference journals (also a $2 market find), a red cube shaped vessel that held my pens for an eon and a chrome-finished figural ampersand (thrift shop).


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Being in my second year of buying nothing new, any updates would have to be cosmetic, second-hand, upcycled. I’m still yearning for the warm metals, especially copper; this decor trend just keeps on hanging around. I’d noticed copper basketware was hot in the decor magazines I flipped through at the hairdresser. This became my inspiration.

One $4 can of spray paint and a little blue masking tape was all that stood between me and some on-trend office accessories.

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rainbow book shelf, office update, DIY update, upcycling, copper DIY, office makeoverHow do you think I did?

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copper desklamp photo by sheryl allen

 

rainbow book shelf, office update, DIY update, upcycling, copper DIY, office makeover

rainbow book shelf, office update, DIY update, upcycling, copper DIY, office makeover

rainbow book shelf, office update, DIY update, upcycling, copper DIY, office makeover

rainbow book shelf, office update, DIY update, upcycling, copper DIY, office makeover

 

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6 thoughts on “A little home office update

  1. A can of spray paint can do wonders for fading decorative items. I like the color you chose, bright without being overwhelming. As for the books, the anal retentive freak inside of me could never do that. Everything in my library (nearly 1000 books, mostly reference) has to be filed by subject, then by the author’s surname, alphabetically within each subject. But, if that control freak ever lets loose, I could go for the color coded plan.

    I recently dug my home office out from under all the stuff that piled up since Christmas. Amazing the things I found that I forgot about. I spent a lot of time asking my husband if the stuff I found was his, and it generally was. The man can’t put anything away, he just lies it on the nearest flat surface and forgets where he put it. Yeah, that drives the anal retentive control freak crazy too.

    I don’t think I could not buy anything for a year, mainly because I have a two year old living with us as we have joint custody with her other grandparents. She grows so fast that I only buy things from the second hand shop and the occasional charity shop like Goodwill.

    1. Ha, Karron … I could well be the opposite of anal retentive freak, though I do get antsy when my husband puts random items on my desk. 🙂 I’m envious of your library, however you choose to arrange it. Thanks for popping by. S.

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