Thursday, June 10, 2010

I need your help!

But please don't look too closely at these pictures :)

This is my 2nd bedroom on the first floor of my condo. It's set up to be an office. But let's be honest, it's really just become the room for all the crap I don't know where to put anywhere else.

Since it's officially summer for me, I thought I'd take all the projects I've been putting off all year & "assign" one per week for me to tackle. This room should be one of the easier projects.

I think it needs some rearranging and some organization. I don't use it as an office, except for the occasional day that I hook my laptop up to the printer to have a paper copy of something. I'm not married to the arrangement, and I'm sure it could be done better. I think I can even move the furniture by myself, so I'm not asking for any of your manual labor ... just ideas!

Minnie must have just discovered this room, because it's become her new hide-out during the day when I'm at work. She naps on the couch and I don't blame her. She can see outside & it's really cool in this back room for some reason. I'd like to move the couch away from that window for a few reasons: I don't like that you can see it when you walk down the hall, and that window started leaking with the BIG rain storm the other afternoon. The entire back of the couch was soaked. Not cool.

This is the desk I made out of 2 file cabinets & a piece of laminated plywood for the top. The dresser was found at an estate sale with Mom, and I do use all the drawers & my printer is currently on the top.

I've never sat at this desk. I don't even have a chair for it. 99% of the time, my laptop is on my coffee table in the living room. This is why I feel like I don't really need it set up like this. I will still need the file cabinets accessible since I use them for mail, bills & other things. Well ... my mail & bills should be in the drawers. Don't look at the floor where there are piles & piles to be filed. It's a lot like my classroom :(

This is the opposite wall. I have that small bookshelf which is full of things, but none of it is that important. That closet is full of all my craft supplies :)

And that's the rest of the room.

Ideas? Help? I'm looking for tips. You are all invited over to see the room in person & give advice. It's not a big room, just 9 feet x 15 feet. You don't have to move or pack up anything. You can just point where you think I should move things.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Kansas Voices said...

How about a 'wireless' set-up for your printer? Would more flat surfaces help? What can you 'source' from relative's basements.No answers, just questions.

The Lunds said...

I think the little couch would look better where the desk is, if it fits. Looks nicer and less messy when you peek in from the hall. The dresser could go where the couch is now. Are the drawers full? It could have your printer on top and office supplies inside. Or, the desk could go there and you could put something nice looking on the side of the cabinet that would be seen from the hall. It is kind of an awkward space with all the doors and windows. Could the fill drawers move into the closet? Maybe you could find a storage-ottoman type thing for in front of the sofa, or perhaps a re-purposed camp trunk?

distaff said...

Molly's ideas are good, but I will offer another kind of advice. You need something tall to take your eye away from all the stuff circling the floor. Resist the temptation to do that. Put the sofa in the middle of the room, facing the door. Put the desk behind it so you won't see the clutter and find some other wonderful eyecatcher to fill the wallspace.