When you have a small space but lots of stuff, make smart use of your walls. SOS goes vertical to increase storage in this small home office. Labeled bins and boxes hold paperwork, photos and magazines that are easy to access but still look nice on the decorative shelves.
Piles get Filed
Every time this Denver mom thought about getting her home office organized, she peeked inside and walked away. 🙂 But towering piles of paperwork are no match for SOS! We pulled everything out of the room and moved her filing cabinet (which was empty!) to another wall to make the room feel a little more balanced. We took big boxes and designated them trash, shred and recycle. Then we dove into the paper piles. We sorted everything into categories: financial, medical, work files, home files, photos, memorabilia, kid artwork, and office supplies. We ended up with a full boxes of trash, shred and recycle. We then created hanging files for all of the important papers and made great use of her empty filing cabinet. Her office supplies are now sorted into a handing rolling cart that fits nicely under her desk…and her desk top is clear for the first time in years!
A tiny desk with no storage, small plastic drawer units and some mis-matched shelves caused a pileup of papers that left this office space less than productive.
We turned to elfa from The Container Store to build a complete office set-up on one wall. Two large desktops anchored with sturdy filing cabinets and a drawer unit provide lots of work space and storage space. Utility boards keep all of the office supplies like paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, etc. organized and within easy reach. And shelves that go all the way to the ceiling provide great storage as well as space for precious family decorations.
Spare Room Overhaul
This room used to be a boy’s bedroom. When he moved into his new room down in the basement, this space quickly became the dumping ground for everything this Stapleton family planned “to get to later.” Later never happened. Because of the existing desk and bookshelves in the closet, it made perfect sense to transform the space into a home office. We first finished getting all of her son’s possessions down into his new room. Towels and blankets were put away in the linen closet and all of the other laundry was sorted by family member and delivered to the proper closets. With the space cleared, we brought in some shelves from the hallway and a table from the master bedroom to complete the space. Then we pulled all of the office supplies and paperwork from the guest room and found them homes on the closet shelves. Now this homeowner has a newly organized place to run her business.
Closet Clean Out
This closet in the office had become a catch-all for everything these Broomfield homeowners didn’t know what to do with. Old paperwork, old electronics, extra hangers, memorabilia, decorations, craft supplies, etc. Old paperwork was shredded or recycled, old electronics were set aside for recycling and memorabilia was sorted and put into water tight totes for storage in the basement. All of the wire hangers will be returned to the dry cleaner and we kept a good supply of white tube hangers for guests and clothes that are hung to dry. Crafts were sorted and put into the plastic drawer unit while current and important paperwork found its way into the metal filing cabinet. Look at all that space now!
Sun Porch Repurposed
This Park Hill homeowner knew she wanted to turn her sun porch into a home office. The problem was that the space had become a catch all for all sorts of things: toys, patio furniture, bar accessories, kitchen accessories. As a mom with her own business, she still needed an area where her little boy could play while she toiled away at her desk. So first we determined what had to stay and what could go. We found more appropriate homes for all of the things that didn’t belong – the patio furniture cushions went into the garage, empty boxes went into the recycle bin, etc. The home itself is short on storage space so we comprised and used half of the under cabinet shelves to store kitchen and bar accessories and the other half for office supplies. Now this working mom has her own space to get the job done!