(I’m going to apologize ahead of time for how bad these photos turned out. After months of sunny days, we’ve had a week of partly sunny or full cloudy days. While our grass appreciates it, it also makes photographing my office space terribly difficult. So please bear with the fuzzy photos, and hopefully the sun will be back soon and I can get some better pictures of my new office space!)
Bookcases are kind of the bane of my existence. I wish I could have one that looks like a Pinterest dream, full of vintage books, trinkets from world travels, and family photos. So far, all I have for my small office space is a cheap Ikea bookshelf full of things I either use a lot, or couldn’t find a better place to store. The shelves are also way too far apart and can’t be adjusted, so there is also a lot of wasted space. Sure, it does has a few knick knacks, but they’re too small and don’t usually have a good story to go with them – I just thought they were cool at the time. I also don’t own many books anymore, since I had to get rid of them when I moved last year. So for now, this is what I started with:
When we first moved in, I set this up in the corner and just piled it full of things I had no other space for, and threw in a few random birds to make it seem more “homey.” I also have a lot of wires to contend with, and still can’t find a good solution for them, except for maybe hiding them under the bookshelf.
My first order of business when refreshing any space is to take everything out. I started over with a blank bookshelf, gave it a good clean, and started by replacing the things I couldn’t move anywhere else for the time being.
One thing I’m learning here is that earthquake safety is a real concern with most people here. The first step in my bookshelf redo was to make sure it was properly mounted to the wall (which it is now). Next, I loaded the bottom shelves with the heaviest stuff – my cookbooks. I’d love to have them on a higher shelf so I can get to them more easily, but it’s not very safe, and the bookshelf isn’t very sturdy. For now, they get to stay on the bottom.
The other thing I couldn’t move for now is the printer, since I don’t have any other place for it or the cords. One solution that I found was to put a Command hook on the wall for the printer cable, so at least that’s now out of the way when I’m not using it. At some point, I want to put it on the other side of the desk, but for now, it works here. It’s ugly and totally functional, so there goes my plans for a pretty, perfectly styled bookshelf!
Here’s the final product! Nothing too different here, just found new homes for some of the notebooks I never use, and the blank space in the middle is where my camera sits when I’m not using it. It’s a lot cleaner and easier to look at than before, and I have so much more room for new things as I collect them. I even have a space in the middle shelf for library books, so I don’t forget to return them (which was a huge problem of mine when I was younger).
It’s nothing great, and definitely not Pinterest-worthy, but it works for now, until I can finally get my own office space, built-in bookshelves, travel the world for amazing art and sculptures, and a library of leather-bound books – so basically never.