At one time, there was a desktop computer here, but this home-installed granite slab had become a catch all for various items. We sorted like-with-like (LPs joined the rest of the collection in another room, containers and boxes were emptied and contents distributed to their homes, etc.), removed the slab and brackets, and created a new home for filing cabinets from another part of the room.
These shelves were so useful they became the permanent home for way too many things. Located near the front door, they housed books, but also everything that one enters a home with or needs on the way out - lunch box, keys, hats, spare change, papers....Well, why fight it? We purged some of the books and sorted them by category, creating more space for the items the family needed in their comings and goings. Now they can actually check their appearance in the mirror before they head out for the day.
A Working Dining Table
It's not uncommon for the dining room table to become the home office or spare storage area. Not used every day, it's an inviting flat surface for everything. Here, we created a filing system and method for managing the paper, both of which were then housed on a rolling cart in the closet in back. When the home owner works from home, she can pull out her laptop and cart and the dining room becomes an instant work space! Until dinner time, anyway.
In another view of this former corner office, you can really see how the piles had started to form once the desk top computer no longer lived there. Now reduced to filing cabinets and a small side table, you might actually get some work done there. And no windows to distract you!
Room for the Car
Rare these days, but here we created space for the vehicle by opening every box present and putting contents into bins and the ample storage cabinets available. The owners had recently moved in with twin 3 year olds, so they were slim on time and fat on baby clothes. Helping unpack and organizing garages are 2 favorite projects at All Sorts Organizing, so this was a twin winner.
Creating Living Room
Toddlerhood disrupts households like no other life stage. Parents are overrun with toys and frequently redistribute furniture to create play space and minimize injury. It's not long before rooms become unrecognizable as they once were. Here we consolidated toys in a small area closer to the kitchen and reclaimed the space as an area to live in. Coloring, puzzles and play dough can still take place at the well-proportioned coffee table, which hides a large basket of books underneath. Life goes on.