A Peek Inside My Home Office {Video} How to Find Your Ideal Work Space


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As a professional organizer, I’ve worked with clients who have called a variety of spaces their home offices. Common spaces like kitchen tables, nooks in bedrooms and sofas tend to be used more often than a spare room equipped with a large desk and shelving.

Clients are happy for the most part with these common space offices but the resulting paper piles can cause stress since they are visible to guests and can disrupt family life. They dislike having to move papers for mealtime or before guests arrive. Papers are often harder to find when moved. Some of these same clients who work out of a common space actually have a dedicated room for office use and they feel bad for not using it. 

When asked about the reasons for not using a spare room, I’m told they aren’t comfortable with its isolating location, the light or it’s become too cluttered. We talk about solutions that will allow them to remain where they are most comfortable and focus on setting up a paper system to keep piles and confusion to a minimum. There are many portable options for organizing papers — including rolling file carts, small file boxes and accordion folders.  

The space intended to be a home office could be reorganized and outfitted with shelves to store extra office and school supplies, electronics, reference files and books. The closet could hide more supplies or papers.
Wherever your home office is, it’s important it feels comfortable, functional and organized.

What can you do to improve your home office space?

  • Olive Dawn Wagar

    What a lovely and practical use of this space! I also had shelves added to the closet in my office to maximize storage space.