Office ~ The Rest of the Story

We have a room off of our Living Room, we usually call it “The Man Room” (I’ll show you why later). It has become my office. For several weeks, I let it go unattended, thinking I would get to the organization. Well, I finally got it done and am very happy with it. Last week I shared with you the Supply Canisters that I made. And now, as they say, here is the rest of the story…

I’m embarrassed to show you, but this is where it started


I wanted to have a long work area, so that the boys could be at one end doing homework or a project and I could be working at the other end. I wanted to have space for the Laptop and the Desktop, and space to do my couponing.

I started with 2 saw horses and a small table in the center for stability. We had some old doors that we had picked up along side the road, and I made a desk. Then, I covered them with some old lace curtains that I had.



That is my Household Organizer in the picture. I have found this week, that it’s so much easier to have it in my work area. I was always running back and forth to the Kitchen when I was writing a post to get the details that I needed.

When we moved into our home last Fall, we found this awesome organizer in the garage.  I think it came from one of our old local hotels. It really adds a bit of charm and of course, organization to the Office.


This is where you will see why we called it the Man Room, stenciled around the top of the wall is “A Man Has To Do What A Man Has To Do.” And in the corner, the woman that painted it, put “Maybe.”

Several years ago I bought this organizer to keep track of school papers and schedules for the boys, I just put it up last week when I did the Office, and I can say I’m surprised at how much I missed it. The drawing in the middle is one that my oldest son, Andrew did. Yes, it’s free hand!


And last of all, I have a shelf in the corner that is organizing my work supplies and coupons.


Re-modeling the Office cost me -0-, nothing, nodda!  The Canisters did cost me about $2. I think alot of bang for my 2 bucks!

I’m editing this post to link up to:

~Top Projects of 2009 hosted by Southern Hospitality


  1. Tracey says:

    Wow – some really great, frugal ideas for decorating. Love the bulletin board/organizer you hung on the wall; your son is obviously a very talented artist! I think I would be inspired to do lots of work if I was in that space!!

  2. Amy says:

    I’m shocked at how little you spent! I’m doing my kitchen and I’m trying to keep it under $200. Great job.

  3. Christy says:

    Beautiful. I love your long surface for everyone to have project space! Great job.

  4. Org Junkie says:

    Hey guess what? You are one of the winners of the Throw out 50 Things book! Please email me with your address :)

    I love love love that organizer you have for the school papers and schedules.

    Thanks for joining in!!


  5. Ally says:

    You did a great job! Congratulations on winning and thanks for visiting my blog.


  6. Kammy says:

    Wonderful projects and super thrifty !
    .-= Kammy´s last blog ..2009 Before and Afters =-.

  7. jeanette says:

    Great thrifty makeover. You did an incredible job.

  8. Hey, Liz, thanks for joining the party. What a great office makeover. I love that big cubby thing.

  9. I love your before picture, that is what real houses look like! But you did a great job organizing your room. Have fun with it.
    .-= Marianne@songbird´s last blog ..Top 10 Makeover Projects of 2009 =-.

  10. rue says:

    What a great space to get work done! The most amazing part is the total cost :)

    .-= rue´s last blog ..Top Projects of 2009 (and the giveaway winner!) =-.

  11. Laurel says:

    I really really love that organizer and have been on the lookout for one! Great room.


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