DIY: Upgrade Office Storage Boxes

I’m really trying to upgrade our office space in the guest room, as originally, it was super cluttered and unorganized. All of our office things were stuffed into mismatched bins and baskets, so I finally decided to buy a shelf and figure out a way to make it look more put together. Slowly but surely, we are starting to make progress, but I’m not going to post before and after pictures until it’s complete.

I didn’t want to go overboard and spend hundreds of dollars on organization. I almost spent over $100 just on storage boxes from the Container Store, but then I decided I could spent that money elsewhere and instead upgrade some cheat storage boxes from Ikea. These boxes are $3-$5 each, depending on the size vs. the $11-$19 boxes I almost bought (nothing against the Container Store, because I really really love that store, but I just wanted another DIY project). Then I bought some gold tape and gold circle stickers off of Amazon.

The gold tape linked above is Japanese washi masking tape, which is perfect to use for crafts because it doesn’t wrinkle or get easily stuck together like other tape, but it also sticks to the surface that you put it on. I decided to go with a Kate Spade theme with black and gold stripes and then white and gold polka dots.

Additionally, on the mint green boxes I used the gold brackets for the corners to give them a fancier, more regal look. So far, so good! Any other suggestions on office organization?

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Dagne Dover – the Ultimate Work Bag

Treat yourself this Valentines Day with something you’ll use every day – a new work bag.

A few months ago, I decided I needed a new work bag. Mine was a huge tote bag that seemed to swallow everything inside of it so I couldn’t ever find anything when I needed it. I also never really bought myself a nice work bag; I just used a cheap computer bag that I bought when I first started my job. It was time I upgraded to something nice and professional, but I didn’t want to jump the gun and just buy the first bag I saw online. I wanted something that would hold my laptop but also keep everything organized. I stumbled upon a Dagne Dover ad while scrolling through Pinterest, and I was definitely intrigued. It was a little pricey, so I held off on buying it for awhile, but I just couldn’t find another bag that had everything I wanted. I finally bought it, and have been obsessed ever since – I even convinced some of my coworkers to buy one too!

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Here is what I love about my Dagne Dover 13″ Tote:

It’s sleek and sturdy; it fits under the airplane seat, but it doesn’t sag and it stays upright. It’s lightweight, and it looks professional. It also has a zipper, so you can make sure everything stays in there when going through the security line at the airport. Additionally, there’s a detachable keystrap, which has been more useful than you’d think – no more rummaging through my bag, searching for my keys, while standing in front of my car in the parking deck.

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It is super organized. There’s a laptop sleeve that fits my computer perfectly. There is also a thinner sleeve that fits my iPad, or a thin notebook. The main compartment fits my planner and my wallet. There is also a detachable water bottle holder, and two bigger pockets to fit snacks, lotion, lipgloss, my wireless mouse, etc.

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The sleeve side also has compartments to hold my pens, a smaller pocket that holds my iPhone and a thinner pocket that holds my work badge(s) perfectly.

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As you can see, it’s the perfect bag for staying organized and it’s the perfect bag for girls on the go. It’s stylish enough to take straight from work to happy hours and post-work dinners.

 

And now, Dagne Dover is in the process of refining their totes based on customer feedback. The new totes will have reconstructed pockets, more lightweight material, and slightly different sizing – but this also means that the current totes that they have on stock are on sale. Intrigued? Click here to check them out! Sign up for their emails and get 10% off your first purchase! #treatyourself this Valentines Day.

Dagne Dover also has a line of stylish leather bags and a new more casual line. Has anyone gotten the Ava bucket bag? I’ve been thinking about that one for awhile but haven’t seen too many reviews. Let me know your thoughts!