Nothing says, ‘all grown up’ quite like the need for a home office does. Monthly budgeting, family scheduling, meal planning, and more all take place in this much-needed command center. If you’re lucky enough to have an entire room dedicated for this purpose, you may have found that clutter has begun to overtake the space. It’s like a purse. The bigger the purse, the more unnecessary crap is crammed into it.
So in the spirit of downsizing and de-cluttering, I decided to convert a closet into a well-organized home office.
1. Keep It Simple
There really isn’t much to it. An office requires just a few basic things: space for a laptop and printer, a writing surface, space for paper sorting/filing, books, and small office supplies. Shelving mounted on tracks and brackets allow ample storage, and can easily be adjusted to suit your needs.
2. Purge. Purge. Purge.
Get rid of all the old office supplies. That printer that you have to tap three times before it will print… throw it away. The same goes for papers. Keep only what’s necessary.
I am an herbicidal maniac, not purposefully, but I have literally killed every houseplant I’ve had. Fortunately, artificial plants have come a long way since I was a kid. Some of them look amazingly alive, and need absolutely no care beyond the occasional dusting. They’re a perfect choice for any space that doesn’t get a ton of natural light (like a closet), or for anyone that’s a serial plant killer (like me).
I think the best feature of this closet office is the fact that when it’s not in use, I can close the closet door and enjoy the rest of the sitting room.
What are some of your favorite home office and organizing ideas?