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An Organized and Masculine Home Office Tour

An Organized and Masculine Home Office Tour


Hey it’s Abby and as promised I’m
excited to be back today with the reveal of Donnie’s organized and very masculine
home office. I was so excited for this project because I wanted him to have a
space that was all his own. In our townhouse his office was this dark
cramped little 8 by 8 corner of the basement so now he finally has his dream
office that he’s always wanted. He would ask me for opinions here and there but
for the most part all of the design and organization ideas and everything was
pretty much Donnie’s. I had very minimal say in it so let’s go ahead in and I
will let him give you the Grand tour. After I cleared out my office I thought
it was a good time to upgrade the window and door trim. With our new house build
all the windows came with a basic window sill but nothing around the edges and
the top of the windows so I added Craftsman style trim around the windows
and doors and painted them white which I think really stands out next to the gray
paint we used in my office. The paint color is called Chain Reaction from
Behr. It ended up being a little darker than we thought it would be but we
really like how it looks in this room. I also installed bamboo shades that match
the ones we have in our sunroom and living room. Before we get to the new
organized shelves I’ll show you my new desk area. Years ago I built a standing
desk out of pipes and an Ikea desk top. It was nice but there are just times when I
really wanted to sit I did a lot of research and decided to get a motorized
standing desk from a company called Fuli and my model is the Jarvis. It’s a 60
inch wide desk and has a bamboo top. The legs and frame are the natural color
which is just unfinished metal instead of metal that’s been painted. The best
thing about this desk is that it has programmable positions and can move up
and down to the right height just by pushing the buttons so over the course
of a day I’ll move it from standing to sitting multiple time so I’m really
getting great use out of it so far. Now moving over to the wall of shelves we’ll
start at the bottom and work our way up one thing we really like about these
shelves is that they don’t sit on the floor getting everything up and off the
floor just makes the somewhat small office feel a little bit bigger it’s
also easy to keep the floor clean this way. For the bottom row we use 16 inch
deep shelves. So the idea for this bottom row is just have a place for all of my
video equipment. We just started making YouTube videos a few months ago but it’s
amazing how much stuff we ended up with from lights to microphones cables
batteries and just all sorts of other stuff. We need all of this equipment to
be somewhat mobile and easily able to move from one room to another or
wherever we are shooting so I organized everything into these Bosch L boxes. The
boxes are actually toolboxes but because they come in so many different sizes and
snap together I thought they’d be perfect for organizing the video
equipment. I also used Abby’s label maker to label
each box so I know exactly what’s in everything without opening them up. I
can’t tell you how much better it is having all this equipment organized this
way. No more searching around for little parts or cables. Everything has a place
and when it’s time to set up for filming it’s easy to just grab the boxes I need
and head to the right room. Also with kids, it’s nice that the equipment is a
little more protected and not just laying out. The bottom row is also where
I have the wireless router and a little hard drive bay that we use for video
storage. I did my best to bundle up all the cables and zip-tie everything nice
and neat so it looks a little more organized. Moving up I have two rows of
wire mesh drawers deeper drawers on the bottom and then a row of shallow drawers
above. These drawers are about the greatest thing ever. They feel really
sturdy and roll in and out very easily. It’s nice that you can see into the
drawers through the mesh to get an idea of what’s in each one just at a glance
without opening it. You can buy these little label holders made specifically
for these drawers that snap into place. I’m still changing things around a
little bit so I haven’t labeled everything except for the ones that I’m
absolutely sure of. Now I have to say at first I wasn’t convinced about being
able to organize things in these drawers but that was until I found these drawer
dividers made to match these wire mesh drawers. The dividers are really great
for the shallow drawers. In one drawer I keep all the little office supplies and
a few other things and without the dividers it would just be a big mess but
dividing it up into four little rows really makes a big difference. Above the
drawers I use a row of 16-inch shelves again just like on the bottom row. This
is the right depth to cover the top of the drawers I decided to use this row of
shelves for commonly used things. It’s at the perfect height to get to easily. So
on the left side I have a row of little clear document holders from the
Container Store. These were actually recommended to me by the person at the
store who helped me design my shelving unit because they come in so many
different sizes and are really inexpensive. I think they’re a great way
to organize documents but I also organize some magazines and notebooks in
these. The little clip on labels help me know where to put
things. Right now I even have a couple empty containers. Nothing wrong with
having some extra space for the future. Then right next to these clear containers I have a little spot for my two cameras and lenses. There’s only one
there now because I’m using the other one to film but I really like having
them right there kind of on a little display shelf but it’s also nice to be
able to just grab them really quickly if I want to film something and then for
the rest of this row and the next two I have nothing but books. These are 12-inch
shelves so they’re recessed a little bit compared with the drawers and the bottom
shelves and I think that’s really the perfect depth for books it’s nice with
alpha that you can buy little bookends that snap into the shelving uprights and
you can also buy bookends that slide over the front of the shelf. The ones
that slide over the front of the shelf are a little more versatile because they
can move back and forth on the shelf whereas the other ones can only clip
into the operate so you’re limited on where you can put them. On the second top
shelf it’s another 12 inch shelf I have some boxes with pictures and a few other
boxes that some of my electronics came in. It definitely doesn’t look the best
to have a row of boxes up here but for me it’s more important for my office to
be organized and functional than just look a hundred percent perfect and I am
really excited about the top row of my wall of shelves. It was really
challenging for me to figure out where to store all the long and heavy video
equipment like lights and tripods and mic stands. Before I redid my office I
just had everything piled up on the floor because they’re so big and bulky
and they didn’t really seem to fit nicely anywhere so I actually went into
my design meeting at the Container Store and told them about the issue and she
recommended I use ventilated shelving for the very top row. So the ventilated
shelving are just metal wire shelves. I honestly think this is a perfect
solution. I use a little stool from Ikea to get to this stuff and then the stool
can sit nicely out of the way when I’m not using it. Because the shelves are the
wire ventilated type they’re super durable so I don’t have to worry about
scratching anything up and I can also see from below what’s on the shelves. At
both ends of the top shelf I use a little row of
hooks that snap into the brackets so this space is a bit high but the hooks
are a good place to store my backpack on one end and then in the other end I have
my fly fishing rod. So that is the main wall of shelving in my office. It really
is crazy how much I can fit into this space I think we did a pretty good job
maximizing the space but at the same time I don’t think it feels too cramped
or crowded or anything like that. Now I’ll show you what we did on the other
side of the room. So this is where I sit and read and drink my coffee and look
out the window so what we decided to do here was use alpha just to kind of match
everything but we used a configuration where the bottom shelf acts like a
little end table with a lamp this little shelf was perfect for the books I’m
currently reading and also a great place to set my coffee while I’m in the chair.
So with this new setup I use the platinum color metal alpha grate that
just snaps into the uprights and then from this grate I can hang little
shelves and little clear storage containers as well as hooks and all
sorts of other things I’m sure this arrangement will evolve
over time but it’s really super easy to move things around on this grate. And
then the top of this little reading area I have a narrow 8 inch shelf just with
some decorative books. To finish things off in my office I hung up some pictures
that I already had. These two pictures I took years ago the top one is from when
I went backpacking through Denali National Park in Alaska and the bottom
one is a picture I took while canoeing through the Everglades with my college
roommate. Above my chair I have a reprint of a topographical map from Denali
National Park and then on the other side of the window I hung these two pictures
I made when I was a little kid. My mom found them a few months ago and had them
framed for me which was very nice. I think the bright colors look nice in
my office. I can’t tell you how excited I am about my new office.
I’m realizing now that when a space is organized and set up the way you want,
you just naturally want to spend more time in there and so far I’ve been
spending a ton of time in my office and I just feel so productive and organized
when I’m in here. So if you couldn’t tell Donnie is just a
little bit excited about his office. I think we hit our two primary goals for
this space which was for it to be organized and for it to be masculine. I’m
so glad that Donnie has a space that’s all his own that is functional and
perfectly meets his style. Before you go be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a
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Comments (36)

  1. Love it! So glad to see a husband who appreciates and maintains organized spaces!!

  2. Which paint is this?

  3. Great idea. I need to show to my husband this video

  4. Love the simplicity of the space & how organized it is. Great job.

  5. I just organized my filming equipment today haha! I only needed to use part of a coat closet as I am just going to be starting my channel but these are great ideas for if I need to expand!

  6. Great job narrating

  7. My husband would love an office like this…and I would die if it was this organized! #organizedhubbygoals 😂 The childhood art is a really great touch too!

  8. Love how it turned out, outstanding. What brand are the blinds? Love the look of them?

  9. You guys knocked it out of the park with this one! One of the best parts are the pictures! It allows your kids to see just exactly who their daddy is and his adventurous spirit. Great job!

  10. Loving everything, especially the Alpha Grate. This is functional, but sculptural as well. You guys are the perfect compliment to each other. I'm enjoying your channel very much. It is so inspiring and motivating. 👏❣️😉

  11. anyone else wish their husband was this organized?!?!?

  12. Very organized. You guys are a great team. I can't wait for y'all to have 100k subscribers

  13. His office is great. He did a great job on installing the shelving and making it his own. What does he do for a living? I'm assuming it has to do with fishing and photographing.

  14. So organized.it’s very helpful video.

  15. A place for everything and everything in its place……another great video Abby. I love the fact that your husband is involved as well. The way your videos are presented is so calming and lovely to watch, but motivating at the same time. Have a wonderful day. -Lorri

  16. Can Donnie come over

  17. Great video! Great channel in general!

  18. What a beautiful and functional space! You’ve inspired me to work on making my own office more functional. Thanks!

  19. I need to share this with my husband.

  20. I’m also curious what type of flooring that is? I like it too.

  21. I really love the shelving. Really well done.

  22. I love his office. Its funny I was looking at all the book titles and my husband and I have so many of those christian books.
    Great job!

  23. Great set-up! Especially loved identifying great books by Calvin, Sproul, Horton, and Edwards among others!

  24. can we see donny face

  25. W O W. So exciting. Gorgeous Result. So Inspiring. Thank You!!

  26. Awesome video UK declutterers and organisers take note ELFA ELFA ELFA

  27. Gr8 storage boxes

  28. Pretty awesome office and man-space!! 😃💥🏞

  29. Awesome Dude! I'm in the beginning stages of a complete office overhaul, and I really want to make it as organised and efficient as possible. I have temporarily painted the walls a very light ivory (it used to be a shop… ugly). After garden season, I'll be gutting the room, installing studs, insulating, wiring, sheet-rocking, etc. For now, I'm neatening and arranging, to help with that "I feel so productive just being in here" effect.

    Thank you so much for a man's office. I was beginning to think that men don't do this kind of thing. I love my office, and anything to do with offices in general. Your's is very nice.

  30. New subbie missed the name of the small shelf in the cozy corner. Pls would u mind sharing the shelf that extends to become a small table.

  31. What kind lf reading chair is that? Great video btw. Using the wall is a great idea.

  32. I love the paint color behind you in the opening of your video! Do you happen to recall what color that is by any chance?

  33. From a seminary student and hopefully future pastor nice book collection!

  34. Well done video, office looks sharp. What's missing is a mirror & a potted plant (on wheels, or maybe hanging plant?). Rather than junk up you're sharp space by throwing up pics on every wall, place a simple mirror above your desk, frame it in the same matting as the pics your mom had made for you, or the Denali pics. Next to their mirror put a decorative clock & make sure to have a picture of your wife on your desk. A small wooden trash can might tie in with the Denali theme. One technical suggestion, speak more quickly. I sped up the vid to 1.5 & it was perfect. If you have any questions, just reply. God bless!

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