For the office redo, the whole family got in on the act. Arwen helped me put together the metal shelves that cap the desk for extra storage. She's not good with a screwdriver, but she can sort parts pretty well. And she crawls into my lap when she thinks I need a break.
The men in my family disassembled the old desk and Savannah put the new $20 VIKA AMON desktop on the old legs. She also reattached the cord trough, another fine IKEA product.
The hubster dove in to see what cords were actually still attached to what. Since the desk used to sit against the bookcase, the cords were hidden, and so out-of-sight-out-of-mind. Now it was obvious that some geek-tweaking needed to be done.
I like the binders with my project ideas nearby, and magazines to get ideas from in rotation on the metal shelves.At the end of the day, we wereat least at a stopping point and settled. There's more to come, but the space is more unified and serene. The desk is now against the daybed so that I face the room while I'm working. Since we often hang out in here to read or listen to music, that's important. One of Arwen's beds is near my chair; she likes to nap where ever I am.
Totally Cool Receipt:
New Desktop: $20 from IKEA
Chrome Shelves: $16.94 at Target
Turquoise Breadbox (pictured on the chrome shelves): $4 on a Target clearance endcap
Binders: $2 each at Walmart
Desk chair: $10 clearance at Target
The baskets were all just given a new coat of paint. I'll concede $3
Additional organizers and files: FREE
A coordinated and organized office for $59.94? That's in the budget!
Phase Two is in the planning stages.