So it totally went down like this… Rob and I looked very hard for a 4 bedroom house for us to live in because we really need all of those rooms. My parents live the closest to us at 355 miles away. My Mimmie, Leslie and Lisa are the next closest at 618 miles. Then my sister, brother-in-law and nephews aring in at 642 miles away. Poor Rob only has family very far with his parents and brother and sister-in-law at a 703 mile drive. And bringing up the rear Rob’s other brother (and one of my high school besties -hey!) and sister-in-law are the furthest from us at 840 miles.
To put it a bit more simply, we’re pretty freaking isolated out here and it’s going to take either one heck of a long haul overnighter or 2 days with a hotel in the middle for anybody to drive to see us. And that kind of sucks.
So while we both like to sleep and I needed an office/craft room and Rob needed a studio (he is an artist after all) we also wanted a fourth room as a guest room for our family to set up in when visiting. When we found this house I was pretty sure it was perfect and I was pretty sure I wanted the corner bedroom with the three small front windows and one large side window. Rob decided he wanted the middle bedroom with the big front facing window and that left the back bedroom with one medium-ish sized window as the spare room.
Both our work depends a lot on lighting. After one comment and then another, our realtor looked at us like we were nuts and finally asked “what is the deal with the lighting?” :) As it turns out the best light in the house is in the guest room but we’re both setting up nicely in our respective work areas and making them our own. My new office is about the same size as my old one but there are a lot more windows which means a lot LESS wall space and nowhere to put my big filing cabinets from my old office.
We placed those in Rob’s studio and I use the one on the right and he gets to store his paints in the one on the left. This left me with no room to store anything in my office space because the closet is tiny and we’ve got lots of paintings in it right now.
I wracked my brain for ages and ages trying to think of a way to add more storage. In the end it came in the form of storage organization cubes at Walmart. I went with the Better Homes and Gardens brand because the cubes themselves are more generously sized making each hold more. I also went that way because the little 4 cube units were on clearance in birch for about $20 a pop. That cheap, cheap price was the clincher on that one!
It was a total pain in the neck to do this and I did it all by myself because I got a wild hair to get it done while Rob was getting dressed for work. Because that’s how I work. When I want to get something done I do it even if it’s the absolute wrong time or the conditions are bad, bad, bad. I still push through it like an idiot and get the bidness done!
I first took everything off of the old desks and removed the old legs off of the table. Those suckers were put in the garage for future projects. Those IKEA legs can come in SUPER handy! I put the top of the table onto the cubes and then starting moving them closer to where they would be.
Now the cubes below mostly made the holes my dad and I made in strategic places of the desktop unusable BUT there was a sliver of each that was free. All cords got shoved through while the top was pushed back enough to make them free and open. When sliding the top in place the cords are tight in there but they still fit.
Now I’m a total weirdo for cord management. Like, I want no cords to ever be seen if at all possible. And if that isn’t possible I want them to blend in as much as possible with the background which has had me spray painting cords in the past. With things all crazy I absolutely could NOT find my zip ties. I was so darn happy that a package that had just come in the mail from the sweetest gal Chelsea and inside were some zip ties. Even though they in no way shape or form have anything to do with the rest of what came in the package it turned out to be quite a helpful little surprise gift :) Thanks Miss Chelsea! These little things were a total lifesaver and my cords are neat and I’m very happy about that!
Now see that space in the corner? Well, after you get over the dizzy feeling from how awkward an angle I took this photo at (because at this point I realized what an idiot I was to do this all by myself but there was no going back and I knew that I was writing a post and needed a pic and only snapped a single pic because I was all SCREW IT ALL!) <— that’s a run on and I know it and I’m still not fixing it. But back to the corner. See that little sliver of a gap there?
That is where all of my cords lead to! There are two power strips that everything plugs in to and my cords are all together and out of sight. It isn’t the most convenient thing to have to get back in there and I should know because I’ve already been back there 3 times. It’s not worth whining about either because it’s not that hard. See those 2 cubes on the right get pushed to the right just a bit and turned on an angle and I have enough room to stick my arm in that business and move things as needed. And those cords are hidden so I’m super happy with it even counting in the bit of effort needed to plug in anything new.
Everything back in it’s place, the monitor my printer, computer and light box and this actually looks like a decent and organized place to work! And those cubes, man they hold a TON of stuff. Everything that had been on top of my desk that I needed to get out of the way fit right on into ONE of those things. Seriously… tons of storage space here for me and I can’t possible squeee! any harder about it.
Let’s have a quick look at that hot mess of a before, cute pups and all.
Boom. Ack! There are cords all over the shop and things are just so cluttered. There is literally nowhere to put things so they start to stack up on the desk and pile up and pile up until there is a mountain of glitter and heat transfer vinyl hanging out in the corner.
And let’s have a quick look at all of that luscious storage space, no visible cords and things tucked neatly (or not so neatly how can you tell?) away.
Aaaah. That’s SO much better. My table top is 24 inches wide and that leaves an overhang of about 6.5 inches out over the cubes. I had mail ordered extendable table legs from IKEA but as it turns out this top is so sturdy I don’t need them on the corners at all like I thought I had. On the plus side my old desk was 27 inches high because we did use Ikea legs. Now my desk is 31 inches high and it’s much more comfortable to sit at. Yay!
If you’re wanting to learn a bit more about the tabletop and the creation of my old office desk you can check out my 2013 office makeover back in my old house here.
My office here is still totally vanilla and it needs some decor and this time, unlike with my last office, I really am going to fancy this beauty up. I have access to an endless supply of amazing art and I’ve decided that color makes me happy. This is going to be one fine space to spend my days in, you just wait and see!
p.s. I’m going to Kale university and I’m majoring in veganism with a minor in quinoa. Ha! I love that sweatshirt :)