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Before and After: An Office Gets Organized

San Francisco Bay Area-based personal organizer Carrie Carlson certainly is up for a challenge. Take this client's office, which needed a lot of help. Carrie explains her organizing philosophy by saying, "What I really do is help people improve their lives by showing them how to declutter, get organized, and create a space that that they can enjoy." This office definitely needed help in all of those areas. I wouldn't even know how to begin dealing with something this messy! To see how Carrie cleaned it up,


With a new bookshelf and organizing unit, Carrie tamed the clutter. Isn't it nice that those beautiful wood floors can finally be observed and admired? And while this is definitely an office, family photos bring a homey air to the room.

Have you tackled any similar organizing projects in your home? Check out Carrie's site for more organizing inspiration and advice.

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lauralino lauralino 8 years
Hi everyone, I am the "owner" of this office, and let me begin by telling you that when I hired Carrie I was to the point where I could not work in my office. I had experienced a tough 2 years, and my office had become a melting pot of clutter. What Carrie did was help me discard storage units that were not efficient, then helped me choose VERY AFFORDABLE storage units that better served MY needs. Everyone is going to need different storage space, and units for what one does for his/her work. If you look at her new Q & A spot on this site you will see my new desk and work station area. It is much more convenient and all of my files are at arms reach. I can roll my chair from my computer, to my FAX machine, to my file cabinets, to my office supplies with ease. I travel between 2 locations, so she set me up with a traveling office, as well. She helped me purge items I was hanging onto for no reason, file paperwork that I need on a day to day basis, and then archive paperwork that I don't need other than for reference from time to time. She even helped me out with a wrapping paper station. We are still working on a few other things, but I have to say that Carrie's ability to help one put organization into perspective is professional, easy, and rejuvenating. She is punctual, works with precise focus, and is a joy to work with. She is all about what will work for YOU! I'm refreshed to have worked with her and learned from her!
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 8 years
Nice work!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Awesome job, I love it.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I like the look, but to echo littlemzfit -- where do you sit + do work??
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
So...where are you going to sit at the desk and where is the computer now? I don't buy this!
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I mean, it looks better, but it's completely different. She just basically bought a new unit with more drawers. I would like to know more about how the pieces themselves were actually organized--I mean, my desk would be a lot less cluttered too if I had the space and money to just buy more storage.
delightfairy delightfairy 8 years
I don't really like the new design, but it looks much better than before.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
esmerb esmerb 8 years
It's gorgeous!!!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Agreed, where is the desk space? That's the most important thing in an office.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I need to get organized! I am doing it myself ... very slowly! :P
donnellyaa donnellyaa 8 years
I would love to be a professional organizer. I just don't know how to get started!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I like it, but would like to see the desk space. I'd really enjoy seeing some sort of make-over with objects / pieces of furniture already onhand.
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