Workspace of the Week: Office makeover

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Tabitha’s refreshed space.

Here it is before:

And here it is after:

This is another one of those times when the person who submitted the images can do a much better job of explaining the space. I recommend going to Tabitha’s blog and reading a full step-by-step run down of how she transformed her office into a beautifully organized space. Thank you, Tabitha, for submitting your office and for such a wonderful description of how you made it possible!

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

20 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Office makeover”

  1. posted by Rue on

    That is a biiiig workspace! Looks great now!

  2. posted by Sue on

    I like the before and after images, and the big space. It’s hard to imagine actually working in the tiny, spartan spaces that are sometimes featured.

  3. posted by Anonymous on

    I love the Workspace of the Week series, alas, I wonder who is actually working in these spaces. Most of the spaces show teeny-weeny desks with computer/screen propped right in the middle. There is no space left and right to put down files one needs for working on the current project….

  4. posted by Peter (a different one) on

    I love this one! I too have added a wide array of shelving above my desk to handle all the reference materials I use as a software engineer. I am also in the process of adding a new office to my house (planning stagings so far) and was considering a built-in desk, but after viewing this post, I’ll be using an extra deep shelf as my desktop!
    Thanks for a great post!

  5. posted by L. on

    Was this space actually uncluttered or is it just the same clutter in cute boxes?

  6. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    Hi fellow commenters – thanks for your nice words.

    And L. – in response to your question, yes, it was decluttered (thankfully). I had the boxes before and was using most of them already. So I really had to sort and throw away a lot of the superfluous stuff. It’s been amazing the difference it’s made and I’ve been able to keep it organized for several weeks now, which is a first.

  7. posted by Alex K on

    The boxes were already there, but there´s still a difference, so I think it´s uncluttered, if people need lots of reference material and supplies it’s ok to have them, it’s not about not having alot, but about having just what’s needed properly organized, but I still preffer more austere spaces too (if only I could pull that off)…

  8. posted by MrPages on

    I really wish before and after pictures would be taken from the same angle with the same lighting.

    Magazines do this all the time too, and it’s truly annoying.

  9. posted by pbhj on

    I’m with MrPages on this one, it’s like the diet ads where the before shots are all dark and undersaturated and the after ones are touched up and bright and toned.

    Doesn’t look like much change really, just put some stuff away, added an extra screen and printer and some more underdesk storage.

    Also it looks like the keyboard has been photoshopped out? There’s a weird shadowy bit where it should have been and the image is burned out??

  10. posted by Sue on

    Takes a brave person to put up photos of their workspace for comments!

    I like this space–it looks like someone really works at that desk!

    I eagerly await MrPages’ workspace submission!

  11. posted by Melinda on

    Wow! I can’t believe that people are criticising this by claiming that it hasn’t been decluttered or there isn’t much change or her photography isn’t acceptable. Give her a break! Look closely, there clearly *is* a major change. It is not a crime to have lots of things if you need them and it is sensible to have them close by.
    It has inspired me, I love the shelving. Thanks Tabitha!

  12. posted by Buzzlair on

    the lighting make it looks more vibrant uncluttered space. nice one.

  13. posted by Sue on

    Wow, some not-so-nice comments on here, from people who obviously didn’t actually read the blog that was linked in the post. For the guy who complained about the pics not being from the same angle – if you go to the blog she has side-by-sides of the before and after. The two chosen for this post happen to be from different angles. For the person who asked if it was actually uncluttered – Tabitha posts pictures of her throw-away and keep piles. Now that I’ve read Tabitha’s blog I’m even more impressed, and motivated to do this to my home office. Like her, I had made a good start but never truly finished.

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  15. posted by Kristine on

    I love the use of the coordinated storage containers. Their uniformity makes it look even more simplified and less cluttered. Great job!

  16. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    Love reading all the comments, who knew organizing could be so controversial? :)

    Thanks to Unclutterer for posting about my little space and thanks to all of you that commented here or over at my blog.

    Tabitha
    http://www.fromsingletomarried.com

  17. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    Love reading all the comments, who knew organizing could be so controversial? :)

    Thanks to Unclutterer for posting about my little space and thanks to all of you that commented here or over at my blog.

    Tabitha

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  19. posted by Craig on

    That clock is great. Anyone know where I can buy it?

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