Organizing My New Home Office With Martha Stewart!

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For the last few weeks I have been working on creating a home office for myself. After working on my laptop from the living room and the kitchen table for over a year and a half … I figured it was time. :-)

Since two of my four kidlets are now living on their own, that left one empty bedroom. So we did some bedroom shuffling, and I took over No. 3 son’s room. (Thus, the sports theme in the “before” photos.)

Here are couple of BEFORE and AFTERS of the room:

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I have to say, I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it all turned out! At first it felt a little odd to have an actual office to work in, but that didn’t last long! Now I LOVE it and don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner! :-) Story of my life.

I’m still working on some ideas for the walls, but I got a real boost to my organization efforts this week when I received a box of goodies from the Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery product line that is sold exclusively at Staples.

Talk about great timing!

Now that the walls and trim are painted, and the furniture is in, their Stack+Fit™ modular system is EXACTLY what I was looking for to get organized! It lets you create your own custom organization system for your desk! And it looks so pretty!

I can’t believe how well it fits in with the rest of my office stuff, most of which was purchased from IKEA, except for the upholstered chair that I found at a sidewalk sale last Saturday for $35! Definitely the steal of the century! :-)

Now that I am all moved in to my new digs, I am working on moving all the STUFF I have stored all over the house into my office storage areas. Mainly the shelving unit and the closet. I still have some work to do, but it’s going to be great!

One of the things Martha and the nice people at Avery sent me was a package of these cute Chalkboard Labels! I have been sticking them on everything. :-) I love that you can write on them and then erase it if you mess up (like I often do!) or you just change your mind (which I often do!). AND they peel right off! Once I get some more shelving in the closet, I plan on using a lot more of these.

A couple of the other things they sent that I am getting good use out of are …

  • Magazine Files. I think I need about 10 more of these! They fit perfectly inside the openings in my shelves.

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  • Vertical File Folders … which fit perfectly inside the magazine files. Come to think of it, I might need 20 more of the magazine files! And a bunch more of these.

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  • Accordion Files. These are going to come in handy for my organization system. The fact that they stand freely for easy sorting and filing will make them the perfect replacement for the current folders I am using. While I really like the system I have, these will definitely be more aesthetically pleasing!
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  • Shagreen Pocket. I was a little confused about the name of this item, so of course I had to look it up. Shagreen is “a kind of untanned leather with a rough granulated surface”. Which makes perfect sense when you look at it! It’s one of the things that makes these products so appealing to me. They really do make my home office look good!   I can tell you right now I’m going to be getting more of these too! I would love to put about 3 or 4 of them in a vertical row near the phone desk in our kitchen. They are a GREAT thing for corralling clutter that usually ends up all over my countertops! I love these. You can either hang them on a walls or corkboard with the push pins they include, or you have the option of using the adhesive strip to attach to metal, wood, glass, or tile.

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And I just love how everything coordinates so nicely! Leave it to Martha. :-)

They even sent me some stuff to help me get a jump on the holiday season! I mean look at this stuff! It’s Holiday Shipping stuff that’s easily pretty enough to put under the tree. No rewrapping required. They’ve pretty much thought of everything. The holiday shipping and wrapping products are available in-store at Staples.

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Now if I could just get some actually shopping done!! Black Friday here I come! :-)



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  1. Martha in Georgia says

    I shop all fall and have to keep a spreadsheet of gifts purchased so that I don’t forget any! I also try to wrap on several occasions and as gifts come in so that wrapping is not overwhelming. I did my first wrapping session 11.13.12!

  2. Brenda C says

    I have all my GRANDkids fill out an All I Want For Christmas form on Thanksgiving day. It has all the info. I will need to do my Black Friday shopping such as their wants, needs and the size of shoes and clothing. As I bring items home they are all put in to the spare bedroom closet until they are wrapped.

  3. Sarah H. says

    I usually organize my Christmas ornaments when I am packing them up after I take down the Christmas tree. I store them in a plastic bin and use cups or egg cartons. I also store the ornament hangers in a cup or two so I don’t have them all spread out in the bottom of the bin. I store my wrapping paper in a cylindrical tube used for storing paintings or artwork. I have four tubes; two for Christmas wrapping, one for birthdays, and one for miscellaneous wrapping. It keeps them all together and avoids them unrolling on the shelf in the closet.

  4. Alissa says

    Before I start shopping, I make a list of who I need to buy/make for and what their gift will be. Then whenever I buy a gift, I put it in a certain closet. When I’m all done shopping/crafting, I pull out the gift box and wrapping paper bins and have one marathon wrapping session. As I type it out, it doesn’t sound super organized, but it works well for me.

  5. Jennifer says

    Great post! I love your new office space.
    The way I keep organized during Christmas is, I have a list that I write down each item I have purchased and for whom it is purchased for. For my husband and kiddos, they each have their own designated wrapping paper which makes separating the presents Christmas morning much easier. The kids always enjoy seeing which wrapping paper is theirs.

  6. NaDell says

    I’d rather share how my mom managed to stay organized with six kids than what I actually do now. She picked out a different wrapping paper for each kid and didn’t use tags at all. No one knew until Christmas morning which wrapping paper held their gifts, so it didn’t make sense to rattle all the presents under the tree. We found out which our paper was at the end of a scavenger hunt when a small present would have our wrap on it.
    There was only one year that a brother was sort of forgotten and got strange pulled out of the closet gifts. They made up for it though!

    • CraftyMamaT says

      This is how Christmas is at my house as well, minus the scavenger hunt because my children are still small. Each kid has their own wrapping paper, including nieces and nephews. I usually get wrapping paper that reminds me of that particular child.

      As for the actual buying, I usually buy throughout the year if I see something that reminds me of that person. I am finished with my shopping, minus my husband, and I didn’t spend a fortune! For the presents I have to ship, I buy the shipping boxes, and sort them into those boxes as I buy them. The rest I have hidden in various places, including the trunk of my husband’s car. Each is sorted by family unit.

  7. sarah baker says

    I shop throughout the year and used to “occasionally” forget a gift i had hidden somewhere so now i have storage bins, one for each kiddo and one for each other family and put things away as i purchase them. I also created a document on my computer that i tape to the side so i can write down my purchases so i can see what i have stored without having to dig through the box.

  8. says

    I’ve been staying organized with the new Black Friday Ap on my iphone, it lists all of the Black Friday deals/coupons in one spot, I love it! Also I have a designated amount I’m going to spend on each person I’m buying for, and I made my husband/sisters/parents make lists with tons of options of stuff they would like to get, so I can always grab those lists for quick ideas. Also several people I’m buying for have Amazon Wish-Lists, so that is helpful! Cant wait to read ideas from other people :) Hope I win the giveaway, my father needs a new computer chair so I would love to buy him one from Staples with this giftcard!

  9. Alyssa says

    I assign laundry baskets to each sub-family in my family and as I buy or make gifts for each person I put them in their designated basket.

    • Carol says

      I use a customized organizer for holidays and also both kids have b-days around then, too. I make a list of gift ideas, and then a final list. I mark if it is bought or ordered/received, wrapped, etc. I also have pages for holiday baking, dinner, decorations or other non-gifts I want to buy, really anything that I want to plan for. It makes it easier on my brain to have it all written down.

  10. says

    ~ Congratulations on FINALLY having the space to do the office area. My son was quite surprised when he came home one day (after he had moved on) to see that his old bedroom was now my new office. What? Did he think I was going to keep his old room for nostalgic purposes or so he could just move back in whenever the whim hit him again and again and again – he moved back 3 times.
    Oh to be so organized! Thumbs up! It looks fantastic!