A home office or work space can be a great multi-functional space for work, paperwork, kids’ homework, providing the space is arranged in a way that encourages clear thinking and efficiency! Home offices have a sneaky way of becoming quite cluttered — a place where you keep the door firmly closed. With the following organising tips, you can have a workspace that looks every bit as beautiful as the rest of your home and becomes a place to get your mind flowing!
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Free up wall space
Your desk doesn’t need to face a wall. Free up wall space by placing your desk against the window you get to enjoy the view and there’s an extra wall for shelves and box storage.
Bold and colourful filing
A robust filing system is essential. Filing cabinets come in all shapes, sizes and colours (widely available from retailers like Tesco). Tight on space? Then consider miniature cabinets they are great for storing corporate stationery, receipts, arts and crafts. Larger, freestanding filing cabinets can be beautiful statement pieces, especially if they’re crafted from solid wood or coloured synthetics.
While many people prefer a separate work desk, an unfolding or retractable desk which is part of a larger cabinet/furniture piece can look fabulous. Adjacent cabinet drawers and storage make for a compact, convenient work space.
Bespoke ways to organise your space offer a surprising, functional and artistic look to your office. A wall stacked box system is an interesting way to store all your office paperwork. By fixing a central metal back plate to the wall, moveable boxes with brackets can be stacked on top of each other. Overall, a wall stacked box system is a stunning-looking space saver.
If you enjoy switching the look of your rooms, freestanding bookshelves or bookshelf ladders are ideal. Ladders in solid oak are particularly striking and, obviously, you don’t always have to stack high shelves with books — cascading plants and foliage bring a relaxing, outdoor feel to the inside.
By fixing floating shelves above your desk, you create vital extra desk space while keeping all essential items within easy reach.
Utilise less obvious spaces
Sometimes less obvious spaces can provide extra but equally elegant storage. The back of a door is a great place to hang a curtain of pockets for housing lighter items. Under shelves can be fitted with magnetic strips to hold jars (of paperclips, pins and staples).
Magnetic and cork boards
In order to store those important reminders and items of inspiration, and to save desk space, opt for large magnetic or cork boards. Magnetic holders can also be attached to boards which can house all your pens, keys, receipts, etc.
There are some quick and easy ways to rejuvenate your home office. You never know, the way you organise might help you become more creative and clever in your work too!