What's the old adage, "The cobbler's children have no shoes" or something like that? Well for years at my house, the organizer's office had no shoes either. And by "shoes" I mean my office was a thrown-together mishmash of whatever furniture I had brought from the last house and pieces I picked up used or had given to me by someone else. Until recently, I really didn't care much about how my office looked, as long as it was organized and supported my needs. I guess I just favored function over form. But something unexpected happened recently.
I grew up.
Much like the year I turned forty, when I said to myself, "Self, you're a grown damn woman. You deserve to buy a decent set of kitchen knives!" which was just before I took myself to Cook's Warehouse and did just that.
Several months ago I was chosen by The Container Store to become one of their Contained Home Consultants. Now, I don't know if it was the trip to Container Store Intergalactic Headquarters in Texas or the full day training at the new Alpharetta location in Georgia, but like Bruce Dickinson, I HAD A FEVAH! And the only prescription (along with more cowbell) was an office makeover.
The old bulky desk? Gone.
The old bookcase? Gone.
The wooden TV tray (yeah I said it) that was holding my NeatDesk? Gone
The black plastic letter trays and desk accessories? Gone.
My grown up self wanted an office that looked and felt intentionally planned and pretty. I made over my space using mostly products from The Container Store (elfa driftwood desktop on platinum legs, three elfa 7-runner drawer units, an orange & driftwood Vario modular shelving unit, an aqua C-Table, an aqua Poppin storage cube and some aqua Poppin desk accessories). Two white Crate and Barrel leaning shelves hold books, photos and personal memorabilia and my Roost laptop stand plus an external keyboard keeps me ergonomically in line.
Now I LOVE being in my office, which is a welcome change and further validates my long-held belief that your surroundings do have an effect on your mood and productivity. What have you done lately to change your surroundings for the better?