We are prone to paper clutter. Are we alone? I don’t know what it is, but we have lived for the past three years of our marriage with piles of papers around the house, usually on the dining room table. We make lists and leave them out so we remember to look at them. When mail comes in, instead of having a place for all the different types, they would sit in different piles. I can’t stand it anymore! So, I decided to become proactive! I created a home management binder using mostly free printables (for now) until we know for sure it works for us. I’m tempted to design my own binder pages one day, but for now, it seems to be working for us. Come along on a tour of our Home Management Binder!
- My Filofax post with video
- Binder @ Staples
- Alejandra.tv Binder Video
- Folder dividers
- Label maker
- Martha Stewart teardrop stickers
- Laminator and pouches
- Project management notebooks post with video
- Date night post
- 2014 Monthly Calendar
- 2015 Monthly Calendar
- Weekly Docket Planner (this wasn’t free, but was purchased in a limited-time bundle with a bunch of other printables)
- Master To-Do List
- Two To-Do Lists (we use one for me and one for San)
- Bill Tracker
- Grocery/Shopping List
- Pantry Inventory
- Freezer Inventory
- Cleaning Chart (I wrote in all the chores and added the color coding in Photoshop)
- House Projects
- Bucket List
It is almost laughable how excited I am to finally be able to share this update with you! You see, in our last home tour video and blog post, we had started turning our second bedroom on the main floor into an office.
Little did we know that three days after posting that home tour, we would conceive our child, so needless to say, the second bedroom will not become an office anymore. I definitely was excited about creating an office, but that was mostly because I needed something to look forward to when my greatest dream of having a baby seemed like something that might never happen. Now that it actually is happening, I am very excited to move everything out of that room and design a nursery!
When I overhauled the now-navy lateral file cabinet in the photo above, I knew that it would have a use even if we got pregnant or adopted down the road. Although we don’t have a space for an entire office right now since the basement remains unfinished, we need the capabilities of having an office on our main floor since I have a photography business and we do normal office-related tasks at our home such as bill-paying, budgeting, filing important papers, preparing our files for taxes, and so on. So, we had to get creative about how we would make our living area, which is definitely not huge, function as a living room and dining room while also functioning as an office. However, the office part had to be secret because we don’t want our home to look like an office when we have people over, so we had to get creative.
Enter our newest addition to our home: an entry way drop zone and little decorative nook.
We brought the file cabinet out of the second bedroom and placed it next to the half-wall on this blank wall that we see upon entering the house:
Now it looks like this!
The file cabinet does not look office-y at all and ties in perfectly with our navy rug in the living room. We absolutely love how this little nook sets the tone of our colorful, quirky, happy house.
On the file cabinet, we have a little pedestal vase filled with some decorative vase filler from Target. Next to that, we have some candy for guests to take when they enter and leave our house. I just love those little details! Stealing the show is my favorite print we own that I got for Christmas two years ago. It’s the Michelle Armas Trellus print. I love how it ties in so many of the colors in our house and is just so vibrant! I can’t help but smile when I see it, and now I get to see it all the time! I also put a decorative blue frame San got me probably six years ago for my birthday from one of my favorite local stores, Patina. It holds one of our engagement photos. In front of that is just a little quote plaque.
I am in love with decorating shelves. We love the ones we have in our kitchen, but those do not get changed up very much because we love them just the way they are. Because we don’t have a fireplace/mantel, I have always wanted a place to decorate for the seasons, to hang stockings from, and to change out whenever the mood strikes. What a better place than in our little entryway portion of our living room? Right now, the shelves were somewhat decorate for Independence Day, but the colors work in our house so I’m just leaving it for now.
Most of the little nicknacks were collected over time or were gifts from friends. I grabbed some of our blue books to add some color and used nicknacks as book ends. The red horse chess piece was a gift and the white ceramic owl (Owlfred as we like to call him) is from a cool Australian store that is in the Mall of America, called Typo. The other wall plaque was a gift, the mason jars I purchased at estate sales and were used in our wedding, the vintage Pepsi-Cola can was found at a thrift store on our honeymoon, and the lantern was purchased at Target, I believe.
On the top shelf, the lantern with a candle was a gift, the Bless this Home frame was a gift and I just painted it with coral paint, and the silver vintage jug was also used in our wedding. The flying pig is actually very special to me. I have always had a thing for pigs (I’ve always wanted a pig named Disco), and I even had Vans shoes with flying pigs on them in high school. I adored those shoes. I don’t remember where I saw the ceramic flying pig, but I had to buy him that second. We named him Edwin, naturally. Anyway, he is signed by John and Sherry from Young House Love during their book tour. Funny story, I was actually mentioned on their blog twice (once in photo form, and once I got an actual mention) because I posted a funny photo of myself holding their book in front of our gallery wall in our old apartment in my pajamas because I was so eager to pick up the book that I walked through our apartment building looking like that to pick it up. I chronicled all the madness and excitement on my photography blog.
Here are some closeups of the decorative goodness:
Now, the file cabinet is not the only way we conceal office storage. In fact, our beautiful buffet we added during the renovation is full of office-related supplies, even a huge color laser printer (WHAT? WHERE?), but you will have to watch the video below to see how we conceal our office supplies in the buffet (and you can see more of the entry way nook as well).