I love my little office, I do. But without a proper system, the mountain of papers associated with running a business was beginning to get out of control. Let’s face it: digging through an ever-growing pile on your desktop every time you need that one piece of paper is not a recipe for productivity.

So began the hunt for a suitable file sorter, which, as with many of my searches, proved much more difficult than anticipated. Honestly, who would have thought that a plain white file sorter would have been so rare and expensive? But joy of joys I finally found one at an online office retailer. At about $70 (yes, seriously) it was pricier than I hoped, but it was the perfect thing. Until they called me and said it doesn’t come in white anymore, and would I like it in poo colour instead? 

file organiser before

Sensing I was out of options, I said, ‘Yes! I would love to order your expensive and ugly goods.’ After eleventy billion (OK, maybe closer to seven) coats of white spray paint, I have exactly what I wanted. If anyone is interested, it houses (from top to bottom): quote requests, job bags, jobs in progress, invoices, business stuff (marketing, wholesaling, product development etc) and printer paper.

To refresh your memory, here is the same corner before. Sure, it doesn’t look as cute when you compare the two here, but remember you’re not seeing the enormous tower of paperwork. You may have noticed the letterpressed song lyrics have been moved to the gallery wall

desk corner before

We’ve also made another change that the room has been crying out for since day one. I didn’t feel I could justify the cost of a good quality (and good looking, of course) chair, so I was resolved to making do with our crappy office chair. That is, until The Man said, ‘You spend so much time on that horrible thing and it’s not good for your back. Let’s get you a really good one. Eames is on sale at Milan Direct.’ {blink} Yes, folks, that would be my husband not just agreeing to a purchase of designer furniture, but actually initiating it.

office chair new & old

Isn’t it just the sexiest chair ever? I love how much brighter and sleeker it makes the space feel and it is so comfy that I haven’t had a tense back since.

With my paperwork in order and my I’m The Boss chair, I feel so much more in control. What tweaks have you done that have made you feel instantly more on top of things?


16 Responses

  • Katy

    What is the Simon Garfield Just my type like book like? I thought it looked interesting to read. You should see our office!!!!!and you thought you had a problem with piles of paper and crap!!!!!!(which I’ll get around to tidying one day when all the kids are grown up!!!!)

    • The book is fantastic, thanks to my parents for another perfect Christmas present. I mean, I am a total type nerd though, so I know it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Did you know Eric Gill (Gill Sans designer) was a total whack job? He had sex with his sister and his DOG!

      One day I might actually share some of the messy photos I don’t post, then you’ll see how bad it can get! Schools are useless paper dispensers, seriously, it’s bad enough having a teacher in the house but I imagine three kids would bring home even more crap every day.

  • The Man

    Like a boss. Hells yes!

    Teaching isn’t as much about paper dispensing as it is an evil paper monster that spews out paper and destroys all neatness in its path.

    • See I couldn’t go that far so I’m glad you said it 😉

  • Ohh I like the desk organizer!!! I love re-purposing things & its amazing what just a coat of paint will do! =)

    Cool chair too!!

    Melanie’s Randomness

    • Make that SEVERAL coats of paint!

      Thanks Melanie.

  • Katy

    I think the chair looks good too and it seems to blend in making the room brighter and bigger.

  • The paint job did it justice.

    Where oh where did you get the cute little horse paper/pencil holder?

    • Thanks! I’m afraid it was a gift so I can’t help you there.

  • My “copycat” of your lovely desk set up is almost ready, and I’m looking for a good chair, since the height issue is really an issue (my back can tell)… Looking for a similar chair, since it’s so beautiful and stylish… looks like you loved it also about the comfort, isn’t it? I’m still thinking if white (love it) or black, since my desk is all black… is it easy to clean up? There’s lots of dust where I live (near NYC), unfortunately…

    • I’m on this chair for ten hours a day and my back is the happiest it’s ever been! It’s still fairly new so I haven’t had to clean it yet but I reckon a damp cloth will do the trick. When it’s finished, I’d LOVE to see the results. I know you’re on Facebook, perhaps you could share a photo with us over there.

  • As soon as I finish I’ll share, can’t wait! =) Thank you for the input about the chair!

    • Yay! We look forward to seeing it.

  • I looove your office! I have the same chair form Milan Direct (except the more cushioned version) and the leather is starting to crack and despite leather conditioner is a little grubby (navy blue jeans bleh!)

    On that note.. oo yours comes in pink! Is it comfy?

    • Thanks Ms Polka. A pink office chair sounds rad! I do find it very comfy, yes. I used to get a sore back from my regular office chair but I find this one much more supportive (I still get a sore back but now it’s only when I’m working 12 hour days!).

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