Thursday, September 20, 2012

Client Space: Organized Office Space

Earlier this week I showed you how I spruced up some inexpensive (and boring) cardboard magazine boxes from Ikea for a client's office. (See that post here.)

Today I wanted to show you the office where they found their home.


As I mentioned in the previous post, this office belongs to a swim school and the walls are mainly windows/glass. So, everything in this office is in plain view for anyone (including customers) to see. It is also used by several different employees throughout a day. So organization is a must.



Take a look at the drawers before.

Before things were sort of half-hazardly thrown inside.

Ready for after a little help?




 Now, with the help of a few drawer organizers and baskets, there is place for everything.






I also added colored hanging files to the bottom drawers to create categories such as employee forms, marketing, registration, etc. This will help them to access what they need with just a quick glance.




Here were the bookshelves behind the desk.



One of the cabinets below the bookshelves looked like this.


Inexpensive canvas bins (from Walmart) and easy to read labels make things much easier to find.


Here was the other cabinet.


And now.


This wall held copies of their swimming lesson plans as well as other materials the swim teachers use/need. The main problem with this was that the laminated lesson plans are made to get wet but there was no place to let them dry. So they often found themselves on the floor until they dried enough to put them away. Not only did it look messy but it was also a bit of a hazard. 



So, I bought some wall pockets, (aka: magazine racks) for each swim teacher to put his/her lesson materials and a wire/clip system to hang their wet papers to dry. The best part: moving all of this to a hallway leading to the office that is out of sight from customers.



Again, I used colored file folders for each swim teacher so that they could find their materials quickly and easily.


Remember the picture of the bookshelves before?




Here is the after. Bins from both Target and Walmart and other accessories from Ikea (notice the magazine boxes?)


I like to use a variety of sized containers and filing systems to hide house all sorts of awkward shaped things as well (like phone chargers, batteries, etc.) And, it looks so much better, wouldn't you agree?

A few more labels and we can call this room completed.



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34 comments:

  1. The organized office space is very good. You can know all about it from here

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  2. Great organizing! I love the blues & reds in the bins & totes you used:)

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    1. Thank you Candice! Who says organization has to be boring right? :)

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  3. really loved the hallway wall with the line for the wet lesson plans-great solution to the problem and the colored folders really look good!
    Jessiejack

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    1. Thank you. It has been serving its purpose well! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great job, Susan! I love the color choices you used. What a transformation in the drawers, too! :)

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  5. Thanks Ginny! It really did make quite a difference. And who says organization has to be boring, right?

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  6. Fantastic job! I'll bet the folks who work there will feel a lot less stressed!

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  7. Thanks Daisy! I do think it has helped them a lot. :)

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  8. Love the colors! Great job on this, I definitely found some helpful tips from this post!

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    1. Thanks Erika! So glad you could find some inspiration! :)

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  9. Great Job! And I love the colors!

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  10. LOVE the color choice -- that aqua is perfect for Swimming Peeps! Awesome office re-do

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    1. Thanks so much Vicki! The colors work pretty well together. They wanted something bright and you're right about the aqua--good for a pool atmosphere. :)

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  11. Great job all around, but especially on finding a solution to hanging the wet plans. That one would have stumped me!

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    1. Thanks Robbie! I had to think about that one for a bit. So far it is really doing the trick! :)

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  12. Lots of color. Very nice!! I really like the problem you solved with the wet papers. Great idea!

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    1. Thanks girl! I think the wet paper line was my favorite solution too. :) Have a great weekend!

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  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE the red & aqua!!!!!! Very nice!

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  14. Great transformation! I agree I love the color choices and the organization system you came up with looks very functional!

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! Don't you just love when something can be both functional and pretty at the same time? :)

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  15. You did some fine organisation in that office. How amazing! Two thumbs up for you. :)

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  16. Ooh I love the colors! It looks great!!!

    ~Abby =)

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  17. What is the name of that beautiful teal on the wall? Looks great!

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  18. Oh those striped file boxes make me so happy! Thanks for sharing at point of view :)

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    1. Thanks Steph! Gotta love stripes! Have a great week!

      Susan

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  19. You did such an incredible job, and I really love the colors you went with. They are so fresh and fun! I am especially smitten with those magazine holders. They look like a million buckaroos!

    xo,
    Jen

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    1. Thank you Jen! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I love that a little paint can completely transform some cheapy Ikea magazine boxes. :)

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  20. I have planned to revenue an office for rent in Singapore, so hope to arrange it as your one.

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  21. Would you mind sharing where you got the white organizers on the bookshelves?

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