Your Dream Office on a Tight Budget - Part 4, The Low Down on Storage

Store all your Crap,  your Important Stuff too

Blow minds with your awesome storage design! This craft station is totally organized with integrated storage that can disappear at the close of a door, or two.

Blow minds with your awesome storage design! This craft station is totally organized with integrated storage that can disappear at the close of a door, or two.

EVERYTHING has a home

Books go together in their home; it may be on a bookshelf or between book ends on your desk. When grouping items and finding their homes you need to think of how and where you use the items. If you're an illustrator and you're constantly sketching out your ideas at your desk, your markers, pens etc need to be on your desk, not over yonder in a storage bin across the room. Figure out the proximity of your items in relation to activities. If you have a separate desk for drawing or crafting vs computer work, then your drawing stuff should be located close to your drawing area, not at your computer station.  I think you get my point ;)

 

Tools of your Trade

Sit down and analyse the tools of your trade. This will be helpful in deciding what storage pieces you need. Do you use a lot of ribbons, stickers, tags etc, maybe you need one unit to store these, an armoire or wardrobe can be purchased and altered specifically for storing these items.

 

Determine your needs, helpful questions

  • What are the tools of your trade? e.g. colour pencils, markers, brushes, makeup...
  • What do you need to work with to get your job done? e.g. colour pencils, paint brushes, makeup brushes, drawing pens, paint...

These can be stored on your desk, above or in a drawer (closed storage) when not in use. You decide based on how often you use them, their storage requirements (e.g. essential oils, film should be kept away from harsh light) and your method or work sequencing. 

Closed vs Open. Do your tools need to be protected from dust etc?

Closed vs Open. Do your tools need to be protected from dust etc?

A tiered tray works well for small bottled items.

A tiered tray works well for small bottled items.

Bull nose/Alligator clips come in handy to easily store tubes of paint.

Bull nose/Alligator clips come in handy to easily store tubes of paint.

You can go with a dip dyed look or spray the entire can gold or another colour to suit your decor.

You can go with a dip dyed look or spray the entire can gold or another colour to suit your decor.

  • Do you need to store large or small items? e.g. files, folders, books, harddrives, wrapping paper vs paper clips, thumb tacks, Tpins, tape...

Shoe boxes, hat boxes, crates, almost any rectilinear form where one side can be removed will work to store books, papers, craft materials and more. You can cover them with wrapping paper, plain white paper or brown paper for a clean, uniformed look. For some extra 'glam' you can purchase labels, glue them or stick them on to the top or front of the boxes, depending on where you're placing them.

Labelling

Especially for storage in storage bins and areas where you cannot readily see the items, you need labels. Either take photos of the items in the storage boxes etc and use the photos as your label or make traditional labels.

Check out more storage ideas here for your smaller items.

 

  • My space is small. I don't have room, do I?

Not enough space on the length of your selected area for standing storage? No problem. You can store pull-out, drawer storage for files etc, under your desk/table. Wall mounted storage above your workstation or sitting top of your desk.

You can have storage sitting on your desk or under your desk if you lack space.

You can have storage sitting on your desk or under your desk if you lack space.

Mounting storage on your wall is a space saving solution that is also budget friendly.

Mounting storage on your wall is a space saving solution that is also budget friendly.

  • Do these items need to be secured away from prying eyes? If yes, then closed storage is your answer.
  • Do these items need to be stored away from prying hands (curious tiny hands included) e.g. merchandise, drawings...
This magnetic lock keeps toddlers out of any storage with a drawer or door.

This magnetic lock keeps toddlers out of any storage with a drawer or door.

Look for locked storage or make your own. Smaller items can be stored higher and out of the reach of little hands. 

 

Open or Closed Storage Pieces

Consider the feel you're looking for in your office e.g. light and airy. What comes to mind? Sky? Floating? Use these words to help you select items for your space. Select furniture that fees light, think skinny legs, not heavy or bulky pieces, transparent or mirrored pieces such as acrylic/lucite or glass desks, seating or accessories. 

More larger storage items here.

If you're a person who isn't very organised and you don't return things to their homes very often, then closed storage is the way to go. A trick to make bulky items seem less bulky or disappear in the room, paint it the same colour as the wall. In the image above, the vase etc seem to be floating. The skinny legs also help to reduce the visual weight of the piece.

Almost any vessel can be used to store your knicks and knacks. Keep those two things in mind at all times when you go to garage sales, salvage yards, your parents or grandparents house...just ensure you have an idea of the size of the items you want to store. 

After the last 4 posts, you should now be armed with enough information to start your home office project. Planning almost ensures you don't make costly mistakes. If need be, you can complete your dream office in phases, based on your budget. 

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