Oh, that's right. I'm bringing out the big descriptive guns on this one, y'all. HEINOUS: it's the only word to describe the state of my home office, pre-makeover. The utter chaos is soul-crushing to look at; can you imagine working -- and attempting to be productive -- in that environment? No. You can't. Because it's impossible.
Obviously, something had to give and quickly. So, this last fall, my husband and I rolled up our sleeves and decided to finally do something about this mess. What you see above and below is the 'before' -- on a good day. Please don't judge... too harshly. (You can judge a little bit, I mean c'mon!)
We began with two random desks we'd picked up sometime during the last 6 years, plus the ubiquitous Billy bookcase from IKEA, and some mis-matched chairs. Add to that some heaping piles of junk, materials from that one time I took a quilting class, and various swag from a year's worth of conferences. As someone who generally likes things "just so" and a husband who tends towards OCD-ness, our home office was our hidden shame. The door was always closed when guests were over and we were embarrassed if anyone happened to peek inside.
Enough was enough and we finally decided to get our at-home work lives in order, with the hopes of being more productive and bettering the overall energy in our home. We're both sensitive folk whose environments influence us for better or worse -- definitely for worse in this case. And with me working full-time in this space and my husband collaborating on creative projects with friends (Yes, IN THIS ROOM. Can you even... yuck!), we wanted a space that was energizing, organized, and completely cutter-free!
So, will we make this dream a reality? Check back next week for some inspiration boards and an idea of where we're taking this space!