home office makeover: before and after

Like many before me, my home office was a disaster. It had become the dumping ground for things with no home–spare planner paper, books in disarray, a random travel pillow. However, it still needed to function as a home office for the days I work from home, be the place to make The Edible Bookmark happen, and a spare bedroom for guests.

I started with the mess on the desk. If I could unearth the contents below the piles and begin with a clean slate, I knew anything was possible. With the clutter gone and a pin-board that was once again useable, I was on my way.

Slowly, I moved corner to corner making a path and putting everything in order. Eventually, I could see clear across the room to the cute fuzzy stool I purchased from Home Goods earlier in the year.

Then, it was time to clean off the bed (ignore the wrinkled sheets) and make sense of the book-case so the final pieces of the rebuild could begin.

Until finally, the task at hand was complete. I now enjoy writing, working, blogging, and to be perfectly honest–just staring at the reclaimed space. It took an entire weekend, but it was worth it and a small sacrifice considering the countless hours I’ve already spent using the room. I hope this provides inspiration to those who think they can’t tackle ‘that room’ in their homes. Trust me–if I can do it, so can you!

6 thoughts on “home office makeover: before and after

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    August 30, 2017 at 12:23pm

    Love it! So inspired after seeing this.
    It looks awesome! Congrats. What a great feeling to have conquered the clutter and to have created a beautiful space! Yay!

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      August 30, 2017 at 4:05pm

      Thank you! I admit, I kept walking by just to look at for a few days after it was done.

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    August 30, 2017 at 1:05pm

    Yay, Tara!! The room looks beautiful – great job!

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      August 30, 2017 at 4:08pm

      Thank you! Now I can justify high end office product purchases. 🙂

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    Michelle P

    August 30, 2017 at 7:41pm

    Tara, amazing job! Love you pink touches (no other color for you).We’ve got several rooms like that in our house so maybe one day…

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      August 30, 2017 at 9:18pm

      Thank you! You’re right, it wouldn’t be MY office if pink wasn’t incorporated. One room at a time, you can do it!

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