Running a household with a family, a home, vehicles and jobs is a lot of work, and requires organization for it to run optimally. If you have a home based business or work from home, things get even more complicated to manage. It can be so helpful to have an organized office space to serve as a functional work station to efficiently handle taking care of your family’s schedule, health records, insurance, bills, deeds, titles, wills, photos and tax information.
Even if you don’t have a whole extra room or large space to designate as an office, having a filing system and organized desk somewhere in your home is, dare I say, essential. So I’d like to share some office organization ideas to help get your creative juices flowing, to set up not only a useful space, but an attractive one as well!
I’m very thankful for my home, but I don’t have an extra room to designate as a dedicated office space. So instead, I have a desk space set up in a corner of my bedroom. I’ve recently taken steps to make it not only more efficient and organized, but also prettier and “cozier.”
So whether you have a whole room to dedicate to a home office, or just a nook, here are some office organization ideas of things you can assemble together to create a productive and inviting space:
- Filing system
- Good lighting
- Supportive chair (I need wheels too)
I bought my desk years ago on clearance at Staples. What I like about it are a couple of things: I like not having a set of drawers underneath on either side because it gives me more room for my chair to slide around. Also, since there’s a window behind my desk, I wouldn’t be able to put shelves above it, so I like the attached hutch, which lets me use valuable vertical space.
As far as things that may not be mandatory, but yet make an office space more inviting and attractive:
- Cohesive attractive color scheme
- Decorative storage boxes
- Pretty cozy accents
Now everyone’s styles aren’t the same, so let’s take a look at some other super organized spaces from our
Think Tank Thursday contributors!
My Life From Home has a gorgeous large office space! To see what it looked like before their makeover, click here.
I love all the bookshelves surrounding the desk, and those cute buckets full of writing tools!
My Life from Home also has a cozy comfy window spot which looks just about perfect for some good reading!
The Turquoise Mom reveals her office space AND shares a printable schedule for being crazy productive. In her space she’s included a bulletin board which is so helpful, and plenty of file storage!
1915 House set up her office for $100! I love the more neutral earthy tones she used to create her beautiful space. She also has a couch in her office which she covered beautifully with a dropcloth!
Somewhat Simple shares some motivating free Printable Office Quotes.
Here’s a shot from her pretty home office.
Life on South Pointe Drive has a light bright, gorgeous minimalist office with beautiful pops of greenery, and lots of shelves.
Clean & Scentsible has some wonderful free printables and lots of ideas to help with home organization.
Talk about gorgeous, Worthing Court has a fabulous farmhouse style home office. Be sure to check it out!
In Grandma’s House DIY’s office, she had a phone line and electrical hookup added to a closet, so she could tuck her printer and modem out of sight!
The Cofran Home had a large, custom made desk built in to a nook in their family room, so they could reduce clutter and be super organized. Isn’t it wonderful!
Craft Your Happiness has some super Closet Office Organization going on; it gives me something to strive for!
The Navage Patch redid a sturdy vintage desk with lots of storage for their office space. It turned out gorgeous!
This 2 person desk from C.R.A.F.T. is such an efficient use of space don’t you think, with storage in between and also vertical, it’a a great use of space.
Organized Office Space from The Real Thing with the Coake Family has everything it needs to stay organized: decorative boxes, file storage, drawers,binders and super important…labels!
Homestead 128 has a great vintage/modern office space that includes baby mattress springs and yard lights! 🙂
Does this give you some motivation to get organized, it sure does me! If you’re on the lookout for some functional and attractive additions to your office space, check out these links!
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Pretty boxes on a desk make storage and organization functional AND attractive.