Office Redesign

I love doing all different sorts of things for Reclaiming Home, but one of my favourites is a room redesign. There is something I love about rearranging, organizing, purging, and finding treasures that a person already owns to make a room so much better than before. Redesigns aren't as big and flashy as a total overhaul with new paint and furniture, but people are always shocked what a HUGE difference can be made in their home with one day of hard work. Last week I worked with a wonderful woman named Sarah. She owns her own business called Virtual Admin Pro and she works from home. She wanted her office redesigned. She spends about six hours a day in this room so she wanted it to feel more professional and for it to be a space she wanted to spend time in. Sarah was so fun to work with. We spent five hours working on the room and we made a significant difference.


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Sarah had two small desks in here from when her kids were smaller and not yet in school. They would play at their desks while she was working. This Christmas the kids got new desks in their bedrooms so the extra desks were no longer needed. Sarah likes a clean look without clutter. The key in this space is closed storage. The Ikea drawers that were part of her kids' old desks became the new storage for everything that was in the red open bookcases. By putting things in the drawers, we created space that was visually less cluttered. Taking the extra desks out made the room feel more spacious. We added a piece of chalkboard art with her business logo. Sarah already had the two black frames. To one we added the chalkboard sticker and on it we put her business name and logo. She now also has a dry erase board for a to-do list.

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With the kids' desks gone, we had a lot of empty space. At the beginning of each redesign, I ask the client to show me everything they are willing to let me use from elsewhere in the house. Sarah gave me free range to use anything I wanted. They had an amazing dresser in their storage room. It worked perfectly in the room and it created additional closed storage. It also gives her extra space if she needs to spread out papers for her projects. Sarah had the cozy throw in her bedroom and it went perfectly with the space.

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In the interest of full disclosure, Sarah went out shortly after lunch to buy an electrical cord and some poster board. She went to Walmart to grab those items and she started texting me additional items that might work in the room. She bought the lamp, the rug, and the 'love where you are' sign. The total only came to $96.00. The rug makes the space so cozy. I gathered family pictures from around the house to add to this side of the room.

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Sarah already owned the bookcases but they looked cluttered. Many of these items fit into the dresser.  She also already owned the grey and white fabric bins. They now hold lots of bits and bobs that didn't have a home. Using the right storage container inside a bookcase helps to organize your items and make your space clean and uncluttered.

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Sarah was so wonderful to work with. I really enjoyed my day with her. Before I came, Sarah doubted she owned anything that would be useful in an office redesign. Instead, we found several treasures she already owned that helped bring the room to life. I hope this inspires you to look at your space in a new way.





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