Sunday, December 27, 2009

Great Beginnings

I do love the Christmas holidays and all of the trimmings.  I also love that feeling when all of the “extras” have been put away and I can begin the New Year with a sense of calm because I’m not spending double-time trying to put my hands on things or where I feel as if I’m going to stump my toe on a misplaced object.  During my holiday break, I’m tackling my office, first.  It always seems to be the natural place to start as I work on my year-end paperwork.  (Sigh!)

Accessories Start the organization process in one drawer.  One small space can make a huge difference in your feeling of accomplishment!

pb linen pinboard If you have ongoing projects, a linen board, a magnetic board or a corkboard keeps things in site for inspiration but the desktop clear.  This one is from Pottery Barn.

ss_101106847 Sometimes a den needs to go to double-duty as a home office.  A simple base cabinet with added doors provides for both.  (And baskets allow for easy access for carrying items to your desk top.)*

ss_101106863 I’ve used this file drawer trick for a client in her “Mom’s” office.  We utilized space, under a window, and between two bookcases.*

Even though I’m an interior designer and my business isn’t focused specifically as an organization firm, I do seem to wear many hats and I can tell when someone’s life is out of balance and when they need to create better spaces and functions, within their homes.  One of the first things I do, before addressing any area with an interior design application, is to take an “inventory” of the space and find out why it’s not meeting the client’s needs.  Space planning is part of the organization process, as well as making cohesive design decisions.  Aside from “making a home pretty”, I need to lessen the potential for chaos and clutter to allow for a healthy lifestyle.

During the month of January, I’ll share some ideas for achieving this goal, if' it’s on your New Year’s checklist.  If you could use some “design and organization coaching” to get you heading in the right direction, I would be happy to schedule a consultation visit.  After all, don’t you deserve a great beginning?

New Year’s Cheers to You! ~ Wanda

*These photos were the courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

4 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is true, Wanda ~ I find that many times when I am meeting with a client, the topic of "giving you more storage" is usually touched on. Whether it's a storage ottoman, shelving, baskets, etc.

DesignTies said...

Designs for my clients usually incorporate storage, too... certainly that's the case in my current cleint's bathroom remodel. As for MY home... it's chaos!! I'm desparate for places to store things, but because we're in the middle of renovations I have to put up with mayhem. Soon... or at least that's what I tell myself!! :o)

atayala said...

This is really a great beginning. These posts are so fun to read! I know you had an awesome time!!! Can't wait to read more! Great post in here.

Deirdre G
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atayala said...

This is really a great beginning. These posts are so fun to read! I know you had an awesome time!!! Can't wait to read more! Great post in here.

Deirdre G
Philippines properties