Monday, January 30, 2012

my desk

The other week I finally tidied up my desk and made room for Project Life.
It meant I had to stick my printer up the top of my desk {this is an Ikea Expedit desk which used to be hubby's and now I use it since he doesn't need a large desk anymore}. Not my favourite option, but needed so I have plenty of work space on my desk, even when the lap top is on there.


On the top shelf I have the cute wooden divided box I bought when holidaying in Albany {WA}. I am not sure what it was originally designed for but it was used for pens and pencils on my desk prior to being filled with Project Life stuff. 
My 2012 Project Life album is also up here - keeping everything in easy reach. The little tin bucket behind the photo of my kiddos and I has the corner rounder punch in it, and behind that is an empty Project Life core kit box where I put photos that I have printed but have not yet placed in the album.

Here is a close up of the box. Nice and labelled. The compartment at the end holds all the stickers and the date stamp and ink pad, keeping everything in one place - nice and easy.

 This is one side of the lower shelf. The tin bucket holds bits and bobs - my to do list and menu planner clip boards and a note pad. I have a container for pens and pencils and I also keep my diary and my Kikki-K 2012 planner here so it is within easy reach. The tin bucket at the back is for receipts! I just dump them in there and go through them when I do my filing - file away any that need to be kept for warranties etc {photocopy them first as they will fade over time!} and the others get chucked out. 

This side of the lower shelf houses my external hard drive as well as a tin bucket with ruler and calculator. I like having these things at hand all the time as I use them both most days. The mocha coloured box contains my camera cable, iPhone cable and my camera battery chargers as these get used on a daily basis I felt they needed a tidy spot for keeping. The little dish houses my phone, hair ties and earrings that I often take off at my desk so they don't get lost. It also stops my MacBook charger from sliding off my desk when I move my laptop. :o}

Underneath the desk there are 4 more cubes. I keep Noah and Chloe's albums here so they are easy to reach. Noah's school album is down here too and a spare Project Life album. The basket on the top shelf to the left, right above the albums, is where I put all the things that need to be put into the kids' albums. Art work, certificates etc, all get placed in here for safe keeping until I get the whole basket out when I work on their albums. The other {mismatched} baskets and boxes are currently empty.

 Don't worry, my desk does not look like this all of the time! Right now I have 2 different piles of paper on here, some books and my laminator. :o}

Our office + theatre room are the same room - so it can get a little cramped in here. But when our desks are tidy, it is actually a peaceful room :o}
See that in the corner? That used to be my desk. Yep - way too small haha! So glad hubby swapped with me :o}


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22 comments:

  1. can you explain project life to me???

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    1. Project Life is a memory keeping product designed to make getting photos into an album easier. I am sorry I should have linked to their website - www.beckyhiggins.com .. she also recently posted a beginners guide that can give you more information http://www.beckyhiggins.com/blog/2012/01/a-beginners-guide-to-project-life/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+beckyhiggins+%28Becky%27s+Blog%29

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  2. I love the white table and shelves. Where did you get them? You have a lovely space.

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    1. Hi Lorien, the desk and shelves is all one unit - called an Ikea Expedit desk. Here is the link http://www.ikea.com/aa/en/catalog/products/S99885124/ - ours is white but you can get other colours too.

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  3. I have this set up, just my scrapbooking, except with the 4x4 unit. It gave me more space to spread out, with my cutter machine etc. Doesnt ever look this organised :) Love ikea

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    1. i love it, the space is so great compared to what I had before :o} we love ikea too. this WHOLE room is ikea. except for the computers and TV obviously, haha.

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  4. Lovely office spacw! What corner rounder punch do you use? I have the Fiskars twist one, and it always catches :(

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    1. I have the We R Memory Keepers crop-a-dile chomper with the turquoise-ish coloured handles. It's not the cheapest out there but worth it, works very well, Even when I've not lined the photo up properly, I can readjust and it will snip even a teeny bit off to perfect the curve.
      I have also heard that the Stampin Up corner rounder is very good - easy to get on Ebay and not as expensive!

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  5. Oh so pretty!! And I have a few of the same items as you, though I'd die for the storage box you bought down south :)I've been working on my office space for some time but it's nowhere near where I want it to be. I love that you keep your desk simple, with only the necessary things on it.

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    1. Amanda - this is not the shop I bought from - but I found they had the exact same box as mine :o}
      http://rusticshed.com.au/epages/RSshop.sf/en_AU/?ObjectPath=/Shops/RSshop/Products/WDF113G

      Good luck with your office space - mine isn't the way I want it to be either but with limited space + funds it'll do! At least it is a nice place to be when I am working / studying xx

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  6. Doesn't the colour white make everything look so restful and organised!
    I love it.

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  7. I love everything, you always have such a knack for making spaces functional and pretty! Where did you get the blue dish with the flowers on the sides? It is adorable!

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  8. A 1000 thanks Bianca - the pics of your desk had me calling my hubby to the computer to check out the expedit desk/shelf combo and have convinced him it WILL be the solution to our problem this year of me wanting a craft/PL/sew space and he needing a desk/shelves to study. Perfect for us with all the space for me to hide my stuff when he needs to study and a space for our printer, books, etc. Ikea for us next weekend :)

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  9. Beautiful set up. Just wondering was your old desk and ikea desk? Thats just what I need to fit the space I have. Thanks

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    1. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you!!
      Yes it is an ikea desk, though I can't remember what it is called anymore. It is very much like a MALM in style, just with a pull out desk bit and 3 drawers.

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  10. I would also love to know where you get the tin buckets from... The white one that holds the clipboards, one they holds the calculator and the blue one that holds cords and phone pretty please :) x

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    1. Hi there! The white bucket with the calculator is a pot plant from Ikea and the one that holds the clipboard and phone are from Target but not sure they have them anymore! Thanks for popping by!

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  11. That thanks so much Bianca!! I will have to keep an eye out in eBay and local markets and garage sales :) keep up the great work!! I'm addicted to your blog and love that your a fellow WAer with the same taste :)

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  12. I hate to bother you yet again but where oh where is that
    White container from that houses your pens and scissors? I've seen it on another site and have been searching online to find out where it's from(didn't want to bother you with more questions) but I just can't find it. Thanks heaps :) x

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    1. here you go :)

      the one with the calculator : http://www.ikea.com/aa/en/catalog/products/60193345/
      and the one with the pens : http://www.ikea.com/aa/en/catalog/products/70175384/

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  13. Thank you!!!! :) Thank you!!!!

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