Friday, 17 July 2015

An Organised Printer Unit - Housework/Funwork 58

There is a place in every room where you just tend to leave things down.   True?

I know that happens in our house and I am pretty sure it happens in your house too.

But the Printer Unit in my Study really is not the place I think that should happen but that is exactly what has been happening.

I think it was because it was the place that had shelves that were not so full of things - well to start with!

Then it just seemed like there was space there so something (and everything) could just be set down there until I had time to put it away or indeed decided where it should go.

Hence it became one big mess.





The only way to do the job properly was the usual Sandra method of

"take everything out and only put back what needs to go there"


But Fred calls it

"take everything out and make a mess somewhere else"


Well what else can you do until you have decided where all the "stuff" will go?


So I cleared the shelves and left only 3 things:

  • the printer on the bottom shelf
  • my containers for various sizes of laminating pouches on the second shelf up
  • the A3 laminator on the middle shelf




The printer goes on the bottom shelf with plenty of room above it for the back feed tray and also a better position for lifting out unto the floor when needing to get at the connections and plugs.

The second shelf up is a pull out shelf and I keep the laminating pouches there handy for use with the laminator just above on the middle shelf.

I love the containers I have for the pouches because they hold the different sizes (except for A3 but what could hold A3 size?) and they sit on top of each other taking up less space.
They were a good buy but now I don't remember where I got them.

There are three containers


The first is A4 size so holds the A4 pouches and then there are two A5 size, one for the A5 pouches and one for the A6 and A7 and business card size pouches.

At the moment I have run out of the A5 size which explains why one is empty.

These two smaller trays sit on top of the larger one


supported by the shape of the sides of the larger tray.

Very handy to grab the pouches as I need them and just lift the front top tray to get at the A4 ones in the bottom tray.

So these were the essentials for the printer unit.


Then the decisions had to be made about what other things I should keep on the other shelves.


The most obvious thing would be to have anything else that I would normally want to use with the printer at close to it but I already use the two Ikea drawer units immediately to the right of this unit for all my paper and card and I see no reason to change this because there is a drawer for each type of paper and card so that is all well organized.

All I had to do with it was tidy up the top of it to make it neater  -  easy job.


So what should go on the other shelves in the Printer Unit?

Well I decided that I should consider how to make the best use of the space.

That would not be to store my A3 white, black & coloured cardstock because that could mean losing out on the height allowance of the shelves by putting in something large and flat.

In the end I decided it would be best to store my various boxes some with old greeting cards, some with note paper & cards and some with more miscellaneous items.  These are boxes which I will not be lifting out and in too often so it doesn't matter that some are on top of others but look how well they fill up the two top shelves - good use of space here.




Something which should be kept in the unit are the new ink cartridges for the printer so I grabbed an old small black box I had kept (knowing it was good and sturdy and would come in handy for something) and put the cartridges in it and placed it at the back left corner of the middle shelf behind the laminator.

Another item that made sense to be in the unit because of it's height and what it is used for was the Photo Negative Scanner so I placed it at the back right corner of the middle shelf again behind the laminator.





I have a small metal case which came with a shaver or something for my husband a couple of years ago and I decided straight away that it would be ideal for keeping things to do with my phone and mp3 player and bluetooth gadget and charging leads so it was put back on to the shelf beside the laminator pouches where it had been previously so not much change there.


Well when the printer unit and the drawer units were done I thought I might as well finish off with the metal & wicker shelf unit that stands to the left.

This is now the place for most of my other books that I need to read and then after that decide to give away or keep - they are in the wooden crates with the chalkboard fronts.




The other nice boxes and files are for

  • my recipes,
  • greeting cards for use throughout the year,
  • old letters
  • A4 Overhead Projector Song Sheets for when we are working with the Kids Club in the school.


Hope you noticed the little bit of decoration was added back too!

Yes the heart that had hung on the key before


is back again - it is a heart and I love Hearts and it is dark red which ties in with other decorative things in the Study.  Plus I love that old "Home is where the Heart is" phrase.


And now

I am pleased with the difference in looks and the better organisation of the unit and the shelves.





compared to the before





This was more Housework than Funwork this time and more housework to come very soon with the sorting out of the other stuff that had been left on the printer shelves in the past

but

then eventually it will be more Fun because I will take some time to read my old letters and look at the old cards and enjoy memories  with a nice cup of coffee on several occasions yet to come.


It also brings another project to my mind

How to imaginatively keep old greeting cards - might need a bit of research time on Pinterest for that!

But for now this job is finished and the pull down door can be closed on it when we want to but if it remains this well organised we won't need to try to hide it.












Linking up with Metamorphis Monday

15 comments:

  1. What a great update! And you made it look easy. I have a closet that my office stuff goes in and now I have some ideas.

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  2. It always feels to good to get something organized!! I have been doing the same thing this summer!

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  3. It look great Sandra - my computer desk always ends up with things on it that shouldn't be - 'Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  4. You are so organized! You are a great inspiration to help the rest of us get our belongings in order! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me link party! I hope you will party with us again this week!

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  5. It looks so awesome now - so organized and pretty. I need to get a few things organized here. Thanks for the tips and for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  6. Good work! I'm trying to make my dining room serve as an office also, hopefully without clutter. Those boxes you got were cute!

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  7. The shelves look great! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you tomorrow for another party!

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  8. Great job! It often feels so good to get things organized. Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  9. Always fills good to get organized!

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  10. Organization. This is a concept that I covet for my house, my car, my phone, my everything. Sadly, I can't seem to find a good place to start. It may be the clutter that hides it from me. So, rather than feel badly, I try to remember a little key chain my friend once gave me - Boring women have immaculate houses. Needless to say, I must be fascinating! Great choice for letter O!!!

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  11. Great post for O and looks wonderful!

    Always a good feeling to me after 'cleaning out' and organizing!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  12. Very nice! I'd actually be happy with the "before" pic in my office!

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  13. De-cluttering is a major issue in our house...have decided to take every week-end in October to go room by room. Thanks for the inspiration♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/optimum-impact/

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  14. Good Job! An appealing and functional finished look.

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