I love a good organization project! Last month I shared my linen closet organization. If you missed it, go here to check it out! Last month, while I was visiting my parents, I cleaned out and organized their office.
My parent’s office is pretty big, which means a lot of cupboard space! As most of you know, the more space you have, the more stuff you accumulate. Below I will show you some before and after pictures along with the products I used and how I decided what to keep and what to toss.
Most people become overwhelmed with an organization project. The key: go through everything and GET RID of items that you no longer need or use. Then, go back through and organize.
Here are some before pictures. I tend to get too focused that I forget to take before pictures. 🙂
As you can see…a lot of storage = hoard a lot of things. To be honest, some of those drawers, my parents probably haven’t used that often since one side of the office was the “kid’s side” for homework and craft stuff.
I went through every drawer and cupboard (my mom assisted for this part so I didn’t throw any I wasn’t supposed to). The rule was: If it hadn’t been used in the past year, get rid of it. At the end of the cleaning, I had 3 large trash bags full to go to the dumpster, one bag to be donated, and another small pile for electronics to be recycled. FYI: There is a deal right now that you can trade in a camera (working or broken) for a discount on a new GoPro.
When everything was removed from the drawers and cupboards, I took the chance to wipe out the cupboards and drawers. If you wanted, you could also line the drawers and cupboards as well.
After the cleaning process was completed, I started to organize. I purchased plastic baskets (easy to clean!) of various sizes from Amazon. I did this ahead of time which was kind of hard to do since I wasn’t sure how many baskets I would need, but it worked out pretty well!
Here is the link to the baskets I used from Amazon. They were only $16.66 for a set of 4 baskets!
For the majority, the items that were already in the cupboard/drawer stayed, I just put like items (that were left) in baskets. The goal of this project was to keep the office functional and realistic. Both of my parents are “pilers” meaning they like to pile things (but they are organized piles!). To help them in the future, I set aside a decorative basket for each of them to have on the office countertop where they can pile their papers until they have a chance to file or toss depending if they needed to keep them.
Not everything has to be “pinterest worthy.” It is important to focus on what is best for you and your situation!
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