09 January 2012

Workspace Makeover. Before & After photos!

I promised I would continue with the home tour, so far you have only seen the downstairs. I think I will take you through the upstairs one room at a time, as we get everything settled!

This week, I completely reorganized and made over my office.

I am truly embarrassed about what a disaster it was before the "makeover". Granted, we have only been moved in a little over a month, but if I'm being quite honest - my workspace has always been a mess.

Here is the before picture: (i'm cringing just looking at it!)

I can't believe I ever worked in this area. Who could concentrate or get anything done in a space like this? Not me. I have been scouring the internet, pinterest, websites... etc for ideas on what to do to organize better.  And after days & weeks of trying to decide, this is what I came up with.

And here is my workspace solution: (this is the same room, I just set things up on the other side)



In case you're wondering, this entire set up was purchased at Ikea. The shelving, lighting, storage bins, desk, organizers.. everything (except the computer & chair!).

Total cost: ~$300.
Set-up time: Less than 2 hours. 

I WIN!

This is such a great solution for me, I can organize all of my photographer gear, marketing collateral, paperwork... etc all in the shelving beside me. I don't have to roam around the room looking for things anymore. It's seriously amazing.

I actually like to be in my office now. Of course, there are a few more things I'm going to do to the area to decorate and make it a little more fun, but for now- I'm totally happy with how it turned out!


30 comments:

Faith Raider said...

How beautiful!! LOVE your new desk!

Ali said...

I love it!! It's so cute! I work from my Macbook Pro but would love to have a desktop!

jess craig said...

ah jealous! i need to work on this for myself.

Kiara Buechler said...

Love it!

thepapermama said...

Looks great!

Tara said...

love it!

Alissa said...

Nice work!

molly said...

It looks SO great, Mandy! Huge difference! We have the expedite bookcase and desk but use it in the kids playroom. I freaking love that thing. So much storage!

Katie Miscellany said...

This looks AMAZING! I'm inspired to organize some troublesome areas in my house now too :D Great post!

Ashley said...

The change is fantastic!  I bet it feels great to really be able to work in there.

And oh man... if you saw my workspace right now?  It is incredibly embarrassing.  And I cleaned it yesterday...

Mindi @ Simply Stavish said...

I love it!! So clean and fresh!! 

Sarah Ann Rogers said...

Lovely! I love the organization of it all :) So clean!

Shondra Walker said...

Wow...that looks awesome.  Totally inspiring!

melissa rohr said...

looks great! that was one of my new furniture demand when moving to this place :) i get a awesome work space for school - and i did! all from ikea too :) we almost went with that same desk then in person flopped to the pretty black/clear glass top on 'saw horse' like stands with a matching bookcase.

Lea said...

So, so nice!  You will enjoy this so much and I'm all over that computer screen.  My goodness, I just thought I had a big one. :o)  Blessings for a great week my dear!

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Thank you!! I have been really enjoying being organized for once!

mandy at asortafairytale said...

It definitely does feel good!! And don't feel bad about your workspace, mine was hideous forever so I totally understand!

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Thanks girl!!

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Thank you, Molly! Aren't those bookcases the best!?

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Thanks Shondra!!

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Yes, having a clean & organized place to study/work/blog is a MUST! Can't believe the mess I was working in  before!

Summer Crosbie said...

Oh I love it!  That desk/shelf piece is so great.

amy@agoodlife said...

i LOVE it!  i wanna redo my office now sooooo bad!

Nikki said...

That looks great!  I want an office now...

Chelsea @The Curly Cues said...

I love it! Man, I need to go to Ikea!

Skye said...

Looove the new workspace. I work from home and we have a combination dining room/ office. It is hard to hide everything to make it look like aplace we would want to eat at night time. I love those cubbies from Ikea. I think you might have inspired me to figure out a better storage solution here! Great job!! 

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Yes you do!! It's fabulous! :-)

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Thanks!! And yes, you should totally check out ikea, they are awesome when it comes to organizational solutions :)

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Thanks sweets!

mandy at asortafairytale said...

Doooo it!