Office Organization & A TV Cabinet Re-Invention

Jan 20, 2015

I'm extra excited to share today's photos with you because I took them using my new photography lighting kit! The kit is basically those umbrella stands with light bulbs facing them, which you normally see at portrait studios. They use really bright, soft, light bulbs which give the feel of day light. This is my first shoot using them so there's no doubt that I'll need a little more practice, but I'm so glad that I can now take good looking photos at night and not have to worry about getting all my photos in on the weekends.
Now...on to today's post. For a lot of us, January is a time to get re-organized, so I thought sharing my office organization with you would be suiting.

With purchasing a new home comes a lot more paperwork, and although I've always maintained our documents in a fairly organized manner, it was time to take things to the next level. Not only did I want to be more organized but I also wanted to add some colour to my filing system and desk area.

The first thing I set out to do was to get all of our documents, stationary and office supplies in order and assigned to their own designated place. Enter the old TV unit that was handed down to us by my parents. At first, I had no idea how I would use it. I started putting bills, documents and office supplies in there simply because there are a lot of drawers and it has doors so you can easily hide everything inside. When I realized that this unit would make perfect sense to store everything in permanently, I picked up some organizing trays, colourful files, labels and coloured tape and set to work.
Finding a proper home for all your odds and ends makes finding what you're looking for so much easier. It also looks a lot neater, and for me, just knowing that everything is organized makes me feel better.

Next, I wanted to inject the space with colour. I love the red and green tape (it's Scotch and I picked it up at Staples). It's similar to washi tape and has many purposes. I used mine as labels and also for posting notes on the cork board. The weekday clothing pins (picked up in Florida) which I strung on some jute string on the cork board, add colour and fun and serve an organizational purpose. Just because office usually means work, bills and finances, doesn't mean your space has to be dull or boring. Injecting a bit of colour has made this one of my favourite spots in the house.

This knock-off  "Good Morning Beautiful" mug, originally seen at Chapters, is an easy DIY! Simply write your message on the mug using a Sharpie marker and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the mug in there while the oven cools completely.

So, before you decide to toss your old handed down furniture, take a moment to see if you can repurpose it, saving time and money and also leaving you with a unique item or piece of furniture.

As for the lighting kit, you can probably tell from the windows that these photos were taken at night. I think the lighting kit did a pretty good job at creating a natural looking light. No more dark, poorly lit photos on this site!

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